I Want One: Laser-Engraved PowerBook Lids

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Date: Wednesday, October 6th, 2004, 07:44
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Laser-Engraved PowerBookWired’s Cult of Mac has a great story on a laser-engraving service for PowerBooks. This is only for those not concerned with resale value.

Aaron Novak and Daniel Forsythe are thinking of launching a custom laser-engraving service for PowerBooks, a la iPod engravings. Novak writes:
“This is one of the first tests using a retro pixel cassette-tape design. If there is any interest in people wanting to buy custom designed laser engraved power book lids, we may try making a business out of it. Right now were thinking about charging $60 or so… Dan, the co-creator, is setting up a website for the stuff now but he can be contacted at defor@eastrain.com.”

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Future PowerBook Survey

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Date: Tuesday, October 5th, 2004, 08:40
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MacInTouch has posted a Future PowerBook Survey asking readers what they’re looking for in their next ‘Book. Some of the responses include: the ability to swap batteries in sleep mode, brighter backlight and moving the annoying function key. Good article and worth a read…
Besides a G5 processor and Blue-Ray DVD burner what else could someone possibly want in a PowerBook?

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PowerBook G4 Titanium Processor Upgrades

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Date: Tuesday, October 5th, 2004, 08:40
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Charles Moore’s Road Warrior column discusses new processor upgrades from Daystar for the PowerBook G4 Titanium.

Last week Daystar/XLR8 quietly added Titanium PowerBook processor upgrades to their existing Pismo and Lombard G4 upgrade solutions. I have a Daystar 550 MHz G4 upgrade in my own Pismo PowerBook and am delighted with it and the excellent service I received from Daystar. You can read my The Road Warrior review here
Titanium PowerBook processor upgrades have been considered a long shot (never say never), but Daystar has figured out how to engineer modest 30 percent – 40 percent speed enhancements. According to Daystar’s Gary Dailey, form factor and ROM constraints have thus far prevented them from going beyond that.

Read more at MacOpinion.

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PowerBook Versus PowerMac: an age old Question

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Date: Tuesday, October 5th, 2004, 08:33
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The MacComparisonZone pits a PowerBook G4 (12-inch) 1.33GHz against a Power Mac G5/1.6 GHz and askes “What Are The Performance, Feature And Price Differences?” The article points out the performance inherent in the faster G5 processor and notes the paltry US$50 price difference. Spoiler: The G5 processor is 37% faster and gaming graphics performance is 88% better. Read the rest of the stats at MacComparisonZone.
Have you had to choose between a desktop and a portable? Which did you choose and why?

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Runtime Report on 4800mAh Battery for TiBooks

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Date: Tuesday, October 5th, 2004, 08:22
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XLR8YourMac’s Friday news page had the first reader report on runtime from a PB G4/1GHz owner (4+hrs vs 2.5 w/stock battery) using the Newer Tech 4800mAh battery for PB G4 Ti/15in models. Here’s another reader’s comments on runtime with it:

I’ve been using Newer’s 4800mAh battery in my 500-MHz Titanium, and I gotta say, it’s great. I get, at minimum, three hours of running time (which is when I watch a 2-plus-hour DVD in full screen mode with AirPort off), and normally more than four hours of life otherwise. (Typically 4:30 to 5:00, depending on active hardware, open apps, and screen brightness.)

Read more at XLR8YourMac.com.

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My PowerBook Odyssey

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Date: Tuesday, October 5th, 2004, 07:36
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InfoWorld’s Chad

Vonage Lowers Pricing – $25 Unlimited Calling Plan

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Date: Friday, October 1st, 2004, 07:50
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Beginning today Vonage will upgrade all of their Local Unlimited customers to Premium Unlimited. In addition, Vonage is dropping all customer’s who are on the Premium Plan’s prices automatically by $5. Vonage is simplifying its calling plans now by only offering 2 plans- a $15 plan and a $25 plan.
Through some recently completed market research and trend analysis, Vonage came to the conclusion that “local unlimited” really had no meaning for customers and in the world of IP and with the “buckets of minutes” the industry is moving away from distinguishing one kind of minute from another. In short, Vonage’s unlimited plan, which is the most popular, is now $25 and all people who were on either on the $25 or $30 plans will automatically get the upgrade to the unlimited for $25. This is really a package upgrade and simplification story, why, because Vonage has listened to its customers and is responding to the marketplace need for simpler plans. The new rate plan is only available to Vonage US customers.

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Freescale to Launch 90nm PowerPC G4

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Date: Thursday, September 30th, 2004, 08:41
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The Register is reporting that the Motorola Freescale MPC7448 processor may be the heart of the next PowerBook G4 speed bump.

The new chip is Freescale’s first 90nm G4 and is based on the company’s e600 core, the foundation for Freescale’s upcoming line of dual-core chips. The 7448, however, contains just one core, clocked to beyond 1.5GHz. It contains 32KB of L1 cache and 1MB of L2, double the 512KB of L2 found in the MPC7447A currently driving Apple’s PowerBook G4 and iBook G4 notebooks.

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Apple to Webcast Q4 2004 Financial Results

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Date: Thursday, September 30th, 2004, 08:27
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Apple has announced that it will webcast its Q4 fiscal results conference call. The broadcast, which will be available exclusively in QuickTime, is set for Wednesday, 13 October 2004 at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET).

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Free Laptops Come to Putnam Valley NY Schools

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Date: Thursday, September 30th, 2004, 08:47
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The Journal News reports that 120 middle and high school teachers in Putnam Valley, NY were given iBook G4s and that about 160 students in the seventh grade will get laptops during the second half of the year as part of their curriculum.

Heavy backpacks stuffed with books may soon become artifacts in the Putnam Valley schools, where students and teachers are receiving free laptops this year with wireless Internet access.
The computers ? Apple iBook G4s ? will be outfitted with compact discs and online textbooks and are part of a new initiative in the district to improve student achievement and prepare children for careers.

The laptops have increased enthusiasm among students, and encouraged them to write more, said Gary Chapman, director of the 21st Century project, a research program for technology policy at the University of Texas. But they also have been opposed by some parents concerned about the costly equipment coming at the expense of other needs, including more teachers and electives.

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