LaCie Little Big Disk

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Date: Friday, June 2nd, 2006, 15:43
Category: Accessory

lacie-little-big-drive.jpgBareFeats has posted a review of the LaCie Little Big Disk bus powered notebook RAID box running on a MacBook Pro 17″ and PowerBook 17″. They tested the one with dual Hitachi 7200 RPM 100GB notebook drives and compared it to the Wiebetech bus powered UltraGB+ and their own “home rolled” miniRAID.

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REVIEW: RadTech BT600 Bluetooth Mouse

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Date: Wednesday, May 24th, 2006, 09:30
Category: Accessory

radtech-bt600-mouse.jpgRadTech is now shipping their full-size Bluetooth desktop mouse, the BT600 (US$60). The BT600 is a rechargeable Bluetooth five-button and scrolling mouse that is easily paired with the Mac. After that it’s, well, a mouse. Bluetooth peripherals (specifically keyboards and mice) offer unprecedented freedom for notebook users that are tired of plugging and unplugging peripherals from their machines each day.
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iPod Recording Coming in June

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Date: Friday, May 12th, 2006, 08:01
Category: Accessory

micromemo.jpg… But not from Apple. XtremeMac’s MicroMemo digital voice recorder (US$80) allows you to record CD quality (44 KHz/16-bit) digital audio into your iPod video and is a highly anticipated accessory. The MicroMemo will be shipping in mid-June according to the vendor. Stay tuned for a review when it becomes available.

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RadTech Releases Three New Bluetooth Mice

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Date: Thursday, May 11th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Accessory

radtech-bt-mice.gifRadTech quietly rolled out three new Bluetooth mice yesterday: BT100 (US$50), BT300 (US$52) and the five-button BT600 (US$60). They all now recharge with an included USB charging cable. Couple these bad boys with their new RadMouse software and you have one of the best mousing experience available on a Mac.

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REVIEW: XtremeMac SportWrap Perfect for the gym

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Date: Wednesday, May 10th, 2006, 09:19
Category: Accessory

xtrememac-sportwrap-nano.jpgI love the iPod nano for working out because it’s small enough to bring to the gym and it doesn’t get in the way. In fact, I usually just tuck mine in a small leather case an toss it into my pocket. The problem is that having your iPod in a pocket requires you to take it out to change songs/volume, etc. Also there’s the risk that it was either fall out or be crushed if it’s in a back pocket.
My solution was to grab an arm band for it – the XtremeMac SportWrap (US$30) fit the bill perfectly.
The SportWrap is a neoprene case the wraps around the iPod nano and leaves access to the scroll wheel and screen (although both are covered by a clear, protective membrane) so that you can operate them on your arm. It comes with two different sizes of arm straps to fit everyone from Lindsay Lohan to Hulk Hogan. Although its adequate to keep it connected to arm, I wish that the SportWrap has a bit more Velcro on the flap end of the strap.
I use my iPod upside-down when strapped to my arm because it’s a little more natural to read the display, but either way, it takes a little getting used to. I suggest starting your workout or running playlist before strapping it to your arm.
One of the surprises with the SportWrap is that it can easily be used while doing a bicep workout – something I wasn’t sure about. As long as you attach it high enough on your bicep, i.e. above the peak, your able to do most arm exercises without a problem. Another nice feature is that it is water-resistant. I sweat pretty good last night at the gym and my nano was no worse for wear.
The XtremeMac SportWrap is comfortable, easy to use and recommended for anyone who lifts, runs or bikes with their iPod. It’s available in black (pictured), purple for the iPod nano or mini for US$30 from XtremeMac.

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The Apple Core: TomTom GO 300 portable GPS receiver

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Date: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006, 08:00
Category: Accessory

tomtom300-1sm.jpgThe TomTom GO 300 (MSRP US$499) is an economical Mac-compatible portable GPS receiver. If you’re looking for a GPS receiver for you car that costs less than a mortgage payment, then the GO 300 is worthy of a look.
The GO 300 has a built-in Bluetooth connection that allows you to connect your mobile phone to access TomTom PLUS services, i.e. Real time traffic, weather and extra downloads such as detailed city maps, additional voices and points of interest (POIs). New customers receive a one month free trial of TomTom PLUS services. I was not able to test this service because it doesn’t work with my Treo 650 mobile phone.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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A Solution for Airport Express Problems

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Date: Wednesday, April 26th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Accessory

I have finally found a solution for my Airport Express problems. Multiple times it would fail. I originally found that using the Airport Setup Assistant, could restore my Airport to full operation. But that’s not the end of the story. Main problem I would get is that I could always network, but wireless printing kept failing. I finally tracked down the problem to a final solution.
Where I am, I plug everything into a power strip and kill everything when I shutdown for the day. What I was unaware of is, that there is PRAM in the Express, held by a small battery or supercap on the board. If I use my system for 3 hours, and then turn everything off for 14 hours, the PRAM becomes at least partially discharged, hence the cause of my numerous problems.
Solution is, to at least once a week, leave my power strip on 24-hours, which charges the Express’ PRAM battery, and my problems have disappeared.
So, firstly, re-do the Airport Setup Assistant. See if that works, if it does, then manage the power system so that the thing does not go brain dead. If nothing works after that, then hardware failure is the cause.
Contributed by: Paul Pollock

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Additional Info on Dead Airport Expresses

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Date: Monday, April 24th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Accessory

Thank you for putting the Airport Express problem on the front page right in time when mine died. At least it seems that I am not alone.
Somewhere on the linked page from the Apple discussions there is an interesting note that French site “MacBidoulle” (english version at Hardmac.com) is already looking deeper into the problem and is collecting serial numbers and other information about dead APXes. If you go to Hardmac.com and do a search on “Airport Express” you will find that they report regularly about their progress. There seems to be the suspicion that especially APXes in countries with 220 V or 240 V voltage are affected.
I had roughly the same problem with my first graphite Airport base dying. Apple acknowledged the problem with specific serial numbers at some point and I got a refurbished unit in exchange even after the warranty had expired. I hope that the work at MacBidoulle will lead to a similarly satisfying solution for the owners of dead Airport Express stations.
Contributed by:Dietmar Liehr

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Memory’s Continual Expansion

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Date: Friday, April 21st, 2006, 08:00
Category: Accessory

transflash-400.jpgMy eldest daughter, Sky (19-and-two-thirds), has just purchased a new mobile phone. It has the facility to accept a ‘transflash’ memory card. The one we ordered just arrived; a 1 gigabyte unit measuring 1 x 10 x 15mm (fingernail size). It cost less than three chart CDs.
The first external hard drive I possessed was bought for a Macintosh Plus in 1986. It was about 70 x 220 x 220mm, and weighed at least a kilogram. It was the largest capacity available at the time, 20 megabytes – a FIVE-HUNDREDTH of the capacity of the aforementioned memory card. And it cost me over 600 (plus VAT).
I’m still in a mild state of shock. Read more on my blog.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan

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The Apple Core: A field guide to digital audio recorders

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Date: Wednesday, March 29th, 2006, 11:07
Category: Accessory

m-audio-microtrack.jpgI’ve recorded live music events on DAT tape for years and recently started thinking about ways to modernize the process and skip the tape altogether. I’ve been looking for a portable audio recorder to tape interviews and record podcasts but have been frustrated with the options. Following is some of my research.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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