Update: Microsoft Office 2004 and Office X Updated to Version 11.3.3

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 11:33
Category: Software

Microsoft has released another update for its Office 2004 suite for the Mac. The update, a 57.3 megabyte download containing previous fixes and updates, features “several improvements to enhance security and stability, including fixes for vulnerablities with malicious code.”


Nothing too specific, but the update is easy enough to grab via the Microsoft AutoUpdate utility in your Applications folder and simple enough to download from the company’s Office 2004 downloads page.
The patch applies to all versions of Microsoft Office 2004. A 39 megabyte patch which performs the same functions for Microsoft Office X can be downloaded from the Office X site.
If you’ve had either positive or negative experiences with the update, let us know.


MWSF07: Day 3 About to Begin

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 09:40
Category: Macworld Expo

San Francisco — Guys, I’m about to leave the hotel in a bit and wander over to the Moscone Center to take in more of the Expo and let you know what’s going on as much as possible.


If there’s anything you want me to look into or have specific questions about that you’d like me to look into, email me at chris (at) this site’s domain and let me know.


MWSF07: Other World Computing, Atrionix, Debut ModBook at Expo

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Date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2007, 19:41
Category: Hardware

San Francisco — Axiotron and Other World Computing have unveiled the long-anticipated ModBook, the first Macintosh laptop modified to use a tablet interface.


The unit, which was created by Axiotron and is being distributed within the U.S. by Other World Computing is tentatively priced at $2,279 and ships as a do-it-yourself kit that adds a true pen input, 13.3″ widescreen LCD and optional Global Positioning System within a toughened satin chrome-plated magnesium casing.
For the full article as well as a picture gallery of the mobbed unveiling, check out the jump…


MWSF 2007 Gallery Online

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Date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2007, 16:17
Category: Pictures

San Fancisco — A full gallery of images from the first day, the keynote and show floor shots from the 2007 Macworld Expo in San Francisco has been posted to the PowerPage section of flickr.com.
For full access, click here and see what you think. Photos will continually emerge throughout the day.
Your two cents, as always, are more than appreciated and let us know what you think.


MWSF07: Keynotes

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Date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2007, 14:01
Category: Macworld Expo

SAN FRANCISCO — Lights dim, completely full room.
It was the running of the bulls to get up here on the escalators.
Steve steps up to James Brown’s “I Feel Good” – black turtle and jeans as always.
“We’re going to make some history together today.”
“Heart transplant to Intel microprocessors.”
Transitioned its product line to Intel processors in seven months as opposed to the expected 12.
Smooth transition due to OS X and Rosetta apps.
Help from Intel colleagues.
Third party devs moved to Universal Binary versions. Thanks them…
More after the jump…


PowerPage Class Photo/Ice Cream Social Update

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2007, 17:18
Category: Meetup


(Thanks to everyone that attended!)
Following the annual tradition, PowerPage’s 2007 Macworld Expo class photo is a go and will happen today at 4:30 PM with the group meeting up in front of Mel’s Drive-In at Fourth and Mission (across from Jack in the Box and the uber-funky Metreon theater).


And yes, we promised free ice cream sundaes for falling prey to the anticipated Apple iPhone announcement of a few weeks back, only to discover that Linksys had released a Voice Over Internet Protocol telephone line under the same name.
Thus, you deserve a free sundae.
With your choice of toppings.


Toast 8 Released, Includes Full TiVo Authoring Support

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2007, 16:29
Category: Software

An article over at zatznotfunny.com points out that that Macintosh version of TiVoToGo has finally arrived and, bypassing the need for TiVo Desktop, has been entirely built into Roxio’s Toast 8 CD and DVD authoring prorgram.


Mac TiVoToGo performs four dinstinct functions; TiVo Transfer, Video Playback, DVD Burning and Portable Conversions.
With the TiVo Transfer feature, users can pull specific shows to their Mac both on demand or via a schedule. Imported files share the same .tivo file format found on the PC. From here, the user can launch the file for viewing, delete it or “Toast It” to a DVD.
The Player function decripts the imported .tivo content in real time and allows for full viewing even when the user advances or reverses the video on the fly.
The DVD function allows Toast to burn TiVo files to DVD both as shows for play on a computer (either a Mac or a PC) or a set-top box. The feature includes several templates and style to choose from.
The Conversion for Portables feature can export the .tivo file to common profiles such as 320×240 for iPod or PSP playback as well as MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.
From Toast, clicking “Export” will bring up common profiles for 320×240 iPod or PSP conversions: MPEG-4 (quicker, lower qulaity) or H.264 (slowed, higher quality). Roxio will drop iPod conversions into the appropriate iTunes sync folder.
Toast 8 retails for $79.99 and is available for download as well as ordering today. The first 5000 customers who purchase the program directly from TiVo will receive a Glo Remote.
The new version also supports authoring for the Blu-Ray high definition format and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The program is written as a Universal Binary and runs natively on both the PowerPC and Intel hardware architectures.
If you have any comments or feedback, let us know.


OptiBay Adds Second Hard Drive to MacBooks and 15″ MacBook Pros

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2007, 15:47
Category: News

According to an article on Macworld News, MCE Technologies announced on Friday that its OptiBay product for MacBooks and 15″ MacBook Pro laptops has begun shipping.


According to an article on Macworld News, MCE Technologies announced on Friday that its OptiBay product for MacBooks and 15″ MacBook Pro laptops has begun shipping.
The OptiBay functions as a second internal hard drive that fits where the laptop’s optical drive should be.
The price, which includes an external optical drive that replaces the one being swapped out, begins at $329. The hard drives are available in capacities ranging form 80 gigabytes to 160 gigabytes, most functioning at 5400 RPM. A 100 GB hard drive which operates at 7200 RPM will be offered for $459. The external optical drive shipped with the units includes a USB 2.0 8x SuperDrive which also burns double layer DVD-ROM disks (functionally identical to the optical drive that’s being swapped out). An upgraded 16x DVD burner with USB 2.0 and Firewire interfaces is available for an extra $20.
MCE includes a full tool kit and owner’s manual to help with the installation, which the user performs by themselves. The firm has been offering the OptiBay kit for the PowerBook G4 and 17″ MacBook Pro laptops since October of 2006.
The OptiBay expansion requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later for the MacBook Pro 15″ and 17″ configurations and the MacBook configuration. Systems running Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X 10.2 or later will be able to use the drive on the PowerBook G4 series
If you have any comments or feedback, let us know.


MacBook Pro Tricks for the Completely Psychotic

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2007, 13:38
Category: Fun

An article over on MacMerc.com show a full video of a person spinning an assortment of items, among them a DVD, a copy of Maxim magazine, a puzzle and a 15″ MacBook Pro (starting at $2,499 at the Apple Store).
He’s good, but this WILL make your heart seize up and your brain cringe:

If you have any comments or feedback, let us know.


MacBook Pro Breaks Fall on Ice…and Breaks Altogether

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2007, 10:05
Category: Sighting

An article on digg.com points to a MacBook Pro user who, after only about three months with his new laptop, slipped and fell on some ice.


The laptop, which was in a backback at the time, broke the fall, but the user (“Ryansw” according to his picasaweb.google.com picture gallery) mentions that Apple quoted him a $629 repair estimate which escalated to a $1,200 estimate upon discovering that the optical drive had been damaged.
The user later found a replacement optical drive online for $199 and is hoping for the best in getting the laptop back.
Even if the laptop ice capades aren’t in your plans for today, think about a sleeve and a good, padded bag. It may not look as cool as you’d like or be in your first color of choice, but between a functioning laptop and a $1,200 repair estimate, you can look a little dorkier when it comes down to it.
If anyone’s had a similar experience or has comments or feedback, please let us know.