O'Grady's PowerPick: Griffin Technology AirClick USB

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Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2005, 02:57
Category: Accessory

Griffin Technology AirClick USBDo you ever connect your PowerBook to your television to watch DVDs or downloaded TV programs in VLC Player? I do and the two things that I don’t like about this setup is that: a) I can’t geek out on my PowerBook while watching, and b) I don’t have a remote control. It used to make me crazy because I’d grab my normal TV remote control to pause the program but it wouldn’t work (doh!). I’ve found the perfect solution for my PowerBook media center – Griffin’s AirClick USB. Read More…

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Rumble Pad 2 – Wireless Gaming Elegance

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Date: Thursday, August 11th, 2005, 20:41
Category: Accessory

Logitech Cordless Rumblepad 2The last time I tried gaming on the Mac was about two years ago. But, when “Star Wars : Battlefront” came out, I decided to give a shot again (where else can you drive your own AT-AT to crush your Mac buddies?).
I got “BattleFront” and tried to use my trusty xBox controller with modified USB cable and the xBox HID Driver. With much sadness, I discovered that the driver doesn’t work in Tiger. I can’t stand using my keyboard and mouse to play “Battlefont” or any other game for that matter. I guess I’m spoiled from too much console gaming. So, I had to find another good controller and fast (the Empire desperately needed my help). Read More…

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Mossberg Thinks Apple Mouse not so "Mighty"

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Date: Saturday, August 6th, 2005, 05:59
Category: Accessory

In his column for the Wall Street Journal, Walt Mossberg picks the Microsoft Mouse over the Apple Mighty Mouse.

Microsoft’s new model is cordless, like most modern, premium mice. Apple’s Mighty Mouse is tethered to the computer with a cord, like most low-end models.
As with all of Apple’s mice in recent years, the Mighty Mouse has no visible buttons. The entire top surface of the shiny white mouse operates as a giant button. In single-button mice, this works fine and is kind of cool. But it makes it hard to do a right-click. So Apple built touch sensors into the Mighty Mouse that detect whether you are pressing its left or right side.
Macintosh fan sites on the Web are already hailing this as another of Apple’s brilliant design coups. It’s not. In my tests, I found that the design makes right-clicking slower and clumsier than on a typical Microsoft or Logitech mouse with real buttons. (These non-Apple mice work perfectly on Macs.)

Read his whole column at the Wall Street Journal.

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RadTech Optex Products Acquired by Kensington?

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Date: Friday, August 5th, 2005, 05:32
Category: Accessory

RadTech Podsleevz Purchased by Kensington?I thought I recognized something while reading Tom’s Top 5 in (the print edition of) Cargo magazine. In it Tom lists the familiar-looking 3-Pack Microfiber Sleeves for 20/30 GB iPod from Kensington which look surprisingly like the cool Optex iPod Sleevz from RadTech.us (which were awarded a PowerPick in 2004).
No one’s talking’ about whether or not Kensington bought the line from RadTech but on the back of the packages for the Kensington Screensavrz, Scratch Removal System and Micro-fiber iPod Sleeves is a small note that reads “Developed by RadTech www.radtech.us.”

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Mighty Mouse Squeaks Quietly

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Date: Friday, August 5th, 2005, 00:12
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The Mighty Mouse is a really neat piece of technology with touch sensitive left/right buttons and the groovey scroll ball. Apple even put a speaker in it to give us feedback. The problem is that I must demand complete silence to hear the thing! Does anyone else feel the volume level of the Mighty Mouse makes the feedback useless? Who’s going to hack the driver to increase volume to a more desirable level?

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Optimus Keyboard Features LCD Keytops That Change

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Date: Tuesday, July 19th, 2005, 08:00
Category: Accessory

Optimus KeyboardI discovered the Optimus Keyboard from Slashdot and it’s worth re-posting here. The Optimus keyboard is made up of tiny LCDs built into the keytops that can change dynamically depending on the application. Imagine being able to switch between different keyboard languages on-the-fly! Click through to see the Photoshop and Quake Keyboard layouts too. According to Slashdot “They have included a FAQ at the middle-right of the page stating some of the questions that Slashdotters were wondering. A few interesting ones were ‘ It will be real’, ‘We hope it will be released in 2006′, ‘It will cost less than a good mobile phone’, ‘It will be OS-independent’, and finally ‘It will most likely use OLED technology (e-paper is sooo slow)’.”

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Verizon Audiovox PC5740 PowerBook Hack

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Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2005, 16:22
Category: Accessory

Verizon Audiovox PC5740 PC CardVerizon will be announcing their fifth EVDO PC card next week and the guys over at EVDOinfo.com have have already posted directions to make the Audiovox PC5740 work with PowerBooks. They’ve also got more info on PC5740 card. Click through for the links…

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New QuickerTek Airport Antenna for PowerBooks

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Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2005, 11:19
Category: Accessory

Got Wireless? Most people have it and use it so much that they take it for granted. (“What do you mean you don’t have wireless here?”) For some, wireless access is a privilege, not a right. If you live in an old home constructed of lots of brick, stone and (God love you) plaster, or if your base station is just a wee bit too far away to reach your upstairs bedroom you may need an external antenna to get your Internet fix.
The new external 7dbi PowerBook Antenna (US$49.95) from QuickerTek is omnidirectional and features 7dbi of RF power. The antenna connects to the internal Airport card through the PC Card slot and allows you to use them both simultaneously.

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Charge Different: Griffin PowerJolt Charges iPod, shuffle in Your Car

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Date: Monday, July 11th, 2005, 19:41
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Griffin Technology PowerJolt.Griffin Technology‘s PowerJolt Auto Charger is a US$25 charger for the iPod or iPod shuffle that plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter outlet. What makes the PowerJolt different than most iPod car chargers is that it replaces the fixed cable the connects to your iPod’s docking connector with a removable USB charging cable. This way you can remove the USB cable and plug an iPod shuffle directly into the the PowerJolt for a quick charge. The included 48-inch USB Dock Connector cable can be used with the PowerJolt or with your Mac. The PowerJolt is now shipping.
Despite my thoughts to the contrary, I especially like the name :)

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Drivers for 3Com Bluetooth PC Card (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, July 7th, 2005, 09:13
Category: Accessory

3Com Bluetooth PC CardCard Blues Suite 1.3 enables the 3Com Bluetooth PC Card (version 3.0) to be used with Apple’s Bluetooth software. With the 3Com PC Card your PowerBook G3 or PowerBook Titanium gets Bluetooth and nothing hangs out of the computer. It is like adding internal Bluetooth to these machines. The driver itself is in the public domain (free).
Click through to read about the card’s drawbacks…

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