Tidbits Compares Three PowerBook AC Adapters

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Date: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005, 00:28
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lucille.jpgTidbits has a excellent piece by Travis Butler comparing three PowerBook AC adapters, including the new Lucille AC adapter from Madsonline:

Back in the days of the Wallstreet PowerBook G3, the best AC adapter I could find was the MicroAdapter by MadsonLine. It was about half the size of the power block that Apple used at the time, and even smaller than the yo-yo adapter that Apple switched to later. When the white iBook and Titanium PowerBook G4 came out, with a different-sized power socket, MadsonLine went their previous adapter one better by making the power tip – designed at a right-angle to reduce the amount of clearance needed – a machined aluminum piece instead of molded plastic. Unfortunately, the G4 MicroAdapter didn’t produce enough power to run and charge simultaneously a last-generation Titanium PowerBook, or the 15-inch and 17-inch PowerBooks. And so for a couple of years, I’ve been operating without my preferred adapter, and missing it.

Read the rest of Travis’ piece on Lucille, the Kensington Universal AC/Car/Air Adapter and the MacAlly AC Adapter for PowerBook G4 at Tidbits.

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Free TiVo's in NYC on Friday

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Date: Monday, October 10th, 2005, 04:05
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I found this in the NYCHEADS mailing list

Seems the company has decided to display its vim and vigor by staging an interesting event at the Oct 14 opening of NYCs Digital Life technology and entertainment show. Sort of featuring a mock funeral, TiVo is encouraging anyone who still may have an old VCR tape laying around to come on in and trade it in for a free TiVo box. Just toss that old episode of Quantum Leap in the VHS casket (which will include an old VCR with blinking 12:00) and you can walk away with a brand new DVR. And to make it even weirder, there will be a eulogy and speakers, sharing their personal memories of the VCR. Fascinating, no? Now remember folks, thats as supplies last, so get over there and start tossing your tapes! Starts at noon on Friday Oct. 14 at the Crystal Lobby of the Jacob Javits Center.

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The Case for no Case

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Date: Friday, October 7th, 2005, 07:21
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Gadgets are getting so small, that a case is a hindrance. I love my iPod shuffle. I would never get a case for it. It has a nice durable finish, it seems bullet proof and a case would just hinder its function. I like the idea of a skin. I use one on my Razr and my G3 iPod. If I had a nano, I would just skin it.
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Picking an EVDO Card for Your PowerBook

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Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2005, 06:47
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Sierra Wireless Aircard 580Om Malik’s broadband blog recommends the Sierra Wireless Aircard 580 for PowerBooks…

If you are looking for a EVDO card for Powerbook, I will recommend, Sierra Wireless Aircard 580, which after some hacking gives you better performance than any other PC card. However, it doesn?t work as well with Windows Laptops. It was giving me about 350 kbps on Mac and 115 kbps on a PC laptop. Novatel?s Merlin v620, however is a solid and brisk performer on Windows Machines, with average speed of about 270 kbps. It got 115-120 kbps on a Mac. The comparisons were carried out using PowerBook 15 (Tiger) and Averatec 1000. I sat in the same location for the two laptops, and repeated this experiment in four different spots in San Francisco. I look forward to your feedback from other cities. Kyocera 650 is known to work well with a Mac. Folks over at EVDOinfo.com have more details. These recommendations are only for Verizon?s EVDO service only.

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PowerPick: Miglia HarmonyAudio Firewire Interface

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Date: Tuesday, August 30th, 2005, 07:55
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Miglia HarmonyAudioIf you’ve ever seriously tried to capture audio on your Mac, you’ve quickly noticed that it only has one real audio input channel – if you want more you’ll need some hardware baby!
I’ll start right off by saying that I’m not a pro musician, by any stretch (awesome progressive house DJ though :), but I recently ran into the one channel limitation when recording the PowerPage Podcasts. It’s easy enough to plug in a USB headset (like the excellent Plantronics DSP-400, for example) and record yourself yammering on about this or that mobile technology – it’s an entirely different story if you want to record an interview with another person, with two microphones. It’s easy to do with one mic – if you like passing it back and forth like Dan Rather chasing some tobacco exec down the sidewalk, but who wants to do that?
Read More about this PowerPick after the jump…

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O'Grady's PowerPick: Griffin Technology AirClick USB

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