OGO The Tiny Computer Steve Said "no" to

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Date: Monday, July 19th, 2004, 15:23
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OQOAccording to our friends at Engadget the OQO “ultrapersonal computer” is due to ship on 14 October 2004. Readers of these pages will remember that the OQO was developed by some of the original members of the PowerBook G4 Titanium development team and that OQO promised that “first products will be available in 2nd half of 2002.”

Speaking of the Neonode N1 and vaporousness, the current heavyweight champion of vaporware, OQO’s oft-delayed Model 01 ultrapersonal computer (that handheld with the slide-out QWERTY keyboard that runs on a full version of Windows XP and has a 20GB hard drive, 1GHz processor, and built-in Bluetooth and WiFi), is all set to become a reality when it finally becomes available on October 14th. Our lustful hearts can’t wait.

We’ll believe it when we see it.

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Apple's Q3 Net Income Triples; iPod Sales Surge

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Date: Thursday, July 15th, 2004, 01:24
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This just in:

July 14 (Bloomberg) — Apple Computer Inc., the maker of iMac computers and iPod digital music players, said third-quarter profit more than tripled as surging iPod sales drove revenue for the period to an eight-year high. The shares rose 6.6 percent.
Net income rose to $61 million, or 16 cents a share, from $19 million, or 5 cents, a year earlier, Cupertino, California- based Apple said in a statement. Sales rose 30 percent to $2.01 billion. Profit and sales may beat analyst estimates this quarter, Apple said.
IPod shipments rose threefold amid “staggering” demand for the mini version of the music player, which Apple will start selling in Europe this month, said Timothy Cook, Apple’s worldwide vice president for sales. The popularity of iPods helped reignite demand for Macintosh computers, fueling the best quarter for shipments in almost four years.
http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=a1yd8.XdCobU&refer=news_index


Apple Reports Third Quarter Results
Wednesday July 14, 4:30 pm ET
Revenue Increases 30 Percent and Net Profit Triples Year-Over-Year
CUPERTINO, Calif., July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple

iPod 4G – A Bigger Version of the mini?

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Date: Wednesday, July 14th, 2004, 22:19
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iPod 4GThink Secret is reporting a pretty juicy rumor about the next generation iPods – which we’re calling ’4G’ – due to ship as early as August. Toshiba blew Apple’s little secret when they announced 60GB 1.8-inch HDDs on 02 June, but new in the Think Secret story is a complete change in form factor. According to the site the 4G iPods will be “more compact and have been described as similar to the iPod mini in design.” The 4G iPods are rumored to come in a variety of colors including purple, orange, and yellow.
An interesting parallel can be drawn between the evolution of the iPod and the original iMac. First bondi, then colors… Hmmm. Will lightening strike twice for Jobs? Post your comments in our new comment system – no login required.
Picture courtesy of Gizmodo.

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Vonage Voice Over IP Comes to Mac OS X

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Date: Tuesday, July 13th, 2004, 00:34
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Vonage announced today that it has completed interoperability testing of an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) version of Xten’s X-PRO SIP SoftPhonefor Mac-based Vonage subscribers. Mac users can now download the Vonage X-PRO for the Mac OS X SoftPhone to turn a Mac into a full-functioning telephone via a broadband Internet connection. Road Warriors using the Vonage X-PRO SoftPhone for Mac OS X can access the Vonage service from almost any Internet connected personal computer, the company says. (Source: MacMinute).

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Computerworld: Secrecy Eating At Apple

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Date: Monday, July 12th, 2004, 23:59
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According to a Computerworld editorial “The media and analyst indifference to Apple has diminished the company’s stature among IT managers. But Apple’s indifference to IT’s need for long-term planning information has hurt it even more,” writes Mark Hall.

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MatrixGL 2.0 Screensaver Worth the Price of Admission

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Date: Sunday, July 11th, 2004, 22:58
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The free version of MatrixGL 2.0 is an amazing screensaver for Mac OS X that scroll glyphs down your screen like they do in the namesake movie. MatrixGL features fully independent streams that render a more complex display and the ability to change the glyphs to be any color.
Registered features include:

  • Option to connect the current network speed to stream glyph speed; has the effect of speeding up the screensaver in times of high network activity.
  • Transparency, which displays the glyphs transparently over the desktop in real time.
  • Log file showing, which monitors a log file and displays its updates to the screen as streams.
  • Color cycling over time, with customizable time settings.
  • Reversed and upside-down mode.
  • Ability to change the background color, and link it to the glyph color. (used when color cycling is enabled) This includes changing the transparency value, when transparency mode is enabled.

I usually wouldn’t pay for a screensaver but the US$5 registration fee for MatrixGL 2.0 is well worth the price of admission.

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Lance Armstrong and his Tour de France iPod

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Date: Thursday, July 8th, 2004, 15:52
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At first sighting, they looked like the ear buds from and iPod. Some pre-race motivational music for the U.S. Postal Service rider? Read More…

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Micro Fuel Cells Promise 40 Hour Laptop Run Time

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Date: Thursday, September 4th, 2003, 10:49
Category: Accessory, Any Laptop Computer

Several articles have been cropping up recently about the use of micro fuel cells to power the next generation of laptops. Fuel cells work by converting hydrogen found in methanol into electricity through an electro-chemical reaction. No recharging is needed, just replace a fuel cartridge and go!
The technology which has the potential to yield 40 hour laptop run times was first shown in a laptop by Toshiba then by NEC in June 2003. Casio, Sony and Hitachi and Samsung of Korea are also working on micro fuel-cell technology according to Wired.
Although the technology is promising, don’t expect it to appear in the forthcoming update to the PowerBook 15-inch or any PowerBook soon for that matter. Micro fuel cells still have to overcome safety and regulatory issues and aren’t likely to go main stream until late 2004 or 2005.

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Did Blaster Contribute to the Northeast Blackout?

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Date: Thursday, September 4th, 2003, 09:56
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An article on ARS Technica explains how “network congestion brought on by the Blaster worm might’ve contributed to the cascading effect that brought down the power grid in much of the Northeast recently”

The online news scene is full of stories right now about how August was the worst month in computing history for computer viruses. What’s amazing to me is that none of the major viruses has yet had a payload that’s designed to wreak serious havoc, like formatting hard drives, subtly altering numbers in Excel spreadsheets, or otherwise messing with people’s data in a way that might really mess up major industries. But of course, it’s only a matter of time.

Exactly why I use a Mac.

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Bites or Bytes?

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Date: Wednesday, August 20th, 2003, 09:24
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McWirelessA billboard for McDonald’s recently spotted on the New Jersey Turnpike advertises the restaurant’s new Wi-Fi (802.11b) Hot Spot service available in some locations:
Bites or Bytes. We do both.
www.mcdwireless.com
No word on pricing…
What’s next, an iBook Happy Meal?

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