7200RPM Hard Drives for Your PowerBook, or any Notebook for that Matter

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Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2005, 11:05
Category: Any Laptop Computer, PowerBook

TechRestore (a PowerPage sponsor) is offering an overnight hard drive upgrade service with speedy 7200RPM drives:
60GB 7200RPM @ $269.00
80GB 7200RPM @ $319.00
100GB 7200RPM @ $449.00
Is the industry moving to phase out all smaller hard drive sizes? Jump to the rest…

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FireFox 1.0.7 Available

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Date: Wednesday, September 21st, 2005, 19:38
Category: Any Laptop Computer, Software

FirefoxFireFox 1.0.7 is available. In their own words: “Firefox 1.0.7 is a security and stability release. We strongly recommend that all users upgrade to this latest version.”
In other Firefox news, Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 is available for download. Beta 1 is the first Beta release of their next generation browser, to be released later this year.

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New iPod Mobile Offerings

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Date: Wednesday, September 21st, 2005, 17:32
Category: iPod shuffle, music

For all you mobile music junkies there seems to be a surging movement to satisfy your money clip’s thirst for innovative and lifestyle enhancing products. Click on the headline for some of the latest…

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Opera Web Browser Now Free

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Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2005, 10:57
Category: Any Laptop Computer, Software

Finally the little company from Norway has grown and will be offering its powerful and innovative Web browser for free. As I mentioned in a previous article that as I wait for FireFox 1.5 to arrive I would download and play around with Opera Version 8.
Well after doing so it has been a bitter sweet experience. There are so many unique features of this browser you’re a bit overwhelmed as you take it all in. There is so much you can customize… and there are communities that provide excellent add-ons especially for developers and widget junkies. Though innovative Opera at the same time is poorly laid out, the interface is a bit jumbled and confusing.
But don’t take my opinion for it… try it out. After all it’s FREE!
BTW, also not to be missed is the fact that Opera has been busy over at their hive. They’ve cooked up some partnerships and are really pushing for the browser on mobile devices. But what really caught my eye and has been on my mind after HP announced the TV as a digital hub was the fact Opera has a SDK for their product to run on a TV.
Very interesting in that it is written in HTML and JAVA for easy platform compatibility. Amen to that.

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Whacked out 200GB iPod nano

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Date: Monday, September 19th, 2005, 12:09
Category: iPod

You’ve got to check out the 200GB iPod nano. Link after the jump…

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Sonnet offers 1.2ghz upgrades for the Titanium PowerBooks

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Date: Wednesday, September 14th, 2005, 18:37
Category: Hardware, PowerBook G4 Titanium

Priced at $499 the 1.2ghz processor (w/512kb L2 backside cache) upgrade works only with TiBooks running at 550mhz to 667mhz speeds and only the VGA models. The upgrade is done in house by Sonnet with shipping done via FedEx. The upgrade is guaranteed to be compatible with the latest version of OS-X and OS 9.2.2.
You may ask: Why not the 400mhz and 500mhz TiBook models? And what’s up with only the VGA models? Well, here’s the skinny straight from the company:
“The 550MHz and 667MHz TiBooks are implemented using a 7450 CPU and these are footprint compatible with the low power 7457 CPU we are using for the upgrade. The 500 MHz TiBooks are implemented using the 7410 CPU which is not footprint compatible with the 7457. The fastest available 7410 CPU is 500 MHz, so there simply is no viable upgrade path.
The DVI version of the TiBook uses a different motherboard than our current product. This would require some reverse engineering and software patches to be developed. The DVI models operate at 667MHz and 800MHz. We discussed supporting these models, but we felt the clock speed difference between the stock 800MHz and upgraded 1200MHz did not make a compelling upgrade case. If there is sufficient interest now, we may need to re-evaluate supporting the DVI models.”
Thanks Sonnet for helping PowerPage readers understand why the upgrade is limited to the 550mhz-667mhz VGA models!
To learn more visit Sonnet’s site.

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Wacom debuts two new pen tablets priced at $99 and $199.

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Date: Tuesday, September 13th, 2005, 11:09
Category: Hardware, PowerBook

For “mobile creatives” the added features make these a must have when bouncing from client to client or just chilling out at the local coffee spot.
The new tablets come in two different sizes; 6×8 and a 4×5. And like it’s bigger siblings, the Intuos and Cintiq models, the Graphire series tablets finally get two programmable “Express Keys” and a scroll wheel right on the tablet itself. The stylus has the usual 512 levels of pressure sensitivity and two side buttons that are programmable. Also included is a cordless mouse.
While pointing out Wacom’s new releases not to be overlooked are their other cool creative tools; the 6D Art Pen, and the Graphire 6×8 Bluetooth model.
As an additional note to all owners of Wacom tablets, Wacom has a “Privileges” section on their site so it’s good to check here from time to time and see what specials they are running… “Registered owners of current Wacom tablets are eligible to take advantage of special offers made possible through the combined efforts of Wacom and its partners.” Jump to the webpage

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Weekend Edition

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Date: Saturday, September 10th, 2005, 16:48
Category: News

Cooler weather is here and before I step out to Mtn-Bike or Backpack here’s a little something-something for you weekend readers… a brief summary of what is going on out there in our silicon-tapestry of life:
GoFish will be releasing a new type of search engine on Monday, it will allow people to not only retrieve the usually text searches but media files, playlists, podcasts, video, etc., all with one search. Mozilla is slow to release version 1.5 so I’ve downloaded their Beta and in the meantime I’ve been playing around with Opera Version 8 (BTW, they’ve hit 10 years in business and unlike many they’ve survived the tech bubble fallout). For people who need a home entertaiment reciever with the ability to plug in your XM and a iPod, Pioneer has something for you. In gaming news FERAL Interactive is porting the XBox title “Fabel ” to the Mac. HP is pointing to the TV as the digital hub. By adding wireless support and software one can connect to a PC via on the couch. Not sure if this is the right approach. But imagine a 27″-42″ hi-dev TV with a integrated PDA like computer (think iMac but toned down a bit) with removable harddrive bays (similar to the HP media center). To be able to write notes and post them on the screen, update your calendar, upload digital photo albums, and keep a archive of mp3s always at your finger tips… that’s the way these companies should be thinking. And speaking of hardware for viewing pleasures… check this out; a visual heads up screen for everyday use (if you can afford one) by IO2 Technology. You can even interact with what is being displayed (think Minority Report). About time this technology has come to the masses… the future is now. Enjoy ;)

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Sony Unveils Their New Walkman on the Heels of Apples Big Day

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Date: Saturday, September 10th, 2005, 14:28
Category: iPod

Sony Walkman MP3Sony has announced a new oval shaped MP3 player dubbed the Walkman HD. The tiny gizmo comes in two flavors: Silver and Cobalt (which is a rather nice Violet color). With storage space for up to 13,000 songs. There are two versions of the device, the first the “lite” model at 190 grams with a 20GB HD (NW-A3000) and an even lighter model weighing in at 110 grams and packing 6 GB (NW-A1000). Read more…

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Mac Compatible GPRS PC Card

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Date: Thursday, September 30th, 2004, 14:34
Category: Accessory

Coxion WebBox S10Now you can stay connected to the Internet in over 160 countries with the Coxion WebBox S10 a €260 Tri-Band GPRS PC card. This is the first GPRS PC card that supports Mac OS X right out of the box.

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