Review: WiebeTech Mac Recovery Kit for Notebook Drives

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Date: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005, 00:21
Category: Accessory

WiebeTech's Notebook DriveDockWiebeTech’s Notebook DriveDock (US$99) recently bailed me out of a jam. I was upgrading to a larger PowerBook hard drive and the former drive stopped responding. Enter the “Mac Recovery Kit for Notebook Drives,” or just Notebook DriveDock for short, from WiebeTech. Read More..

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The Apple Keyboard Saga

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2005, 11:54
Category: Accessory

And you thought you were obsessive? Check out Andy Blog’s coverage of the new Apple Bluetooth keyboard:

The thing about Apple products is that they are always highly functional, whilst at the same time managing to be beautiful. In addition, I remembered unpacking my iPOD and and my Powerbook – both wonderful experiences in their own right. And so it is that I want to share with you, the opening of my new Apple keyboard, bought from some unsuspecting seller on eBay, for 3 farthings. The conscientious students among you may wish to click on the following pictures, in order to study them in more depth.

Now, if I could only get mine to pair with the built-in BT on my 20-inch iMac G4… -Ed

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Fujitsu Prepping 120GB Notebook Drive for Spring

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2005, 11:28
Category: Accessory

According to a story on CNet.com Fujitsu is planning a 120GB 2.5-inch hard drive that’s perfect for notebooks. As an added bonus the drive will incorporate “new technology to reduce noise and power consumption and make the drive more forgiving of bumps and shocks.” The 4200RPM mechanism (yeah, sorry) will be available to laptop manufacturers in May under the model number MHV2120AT. Perfect timing for Apple to include it in the PowerBook G5 which is expected in the June/July 2005 timeframe.

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ShuffleClip De-Tangles the iPod Shuffle

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2005, 10:25
Category: Accessory, iPod

ShuffleClipReaders of the PowerPage will remember my initial reaction to the iPod shuffle announcement was that it was ugly and that its lanyard and earbud cables looked like a mess of spaghetti swinging around as the people in the television ads danced. People are going to catch them in all kinds of things, like car doors, I said. Well, there’s not much that can be done about my first gripe, but an innovative company has addressed my second: the spaghetti factor.
The ShuffleClip (US$14.95) is a case and clip for the iPod Shuffle formed from a single piece of transparent PETG polymer that allows iPod owners to wear their shuffle just about anywhere: in a pocket, on a shirt, or clipped to a briefcase.

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iPod Camera Connector Revealed

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Date: Monday, February 28th, 2005, 10:47
Category: Accessory, iPod

Gizmodo has posted a picture of the new iPod Camera Connector. AppleInsider claims that the picture is from an Apple Japan press briefing held on Friday. Thank God it’s not some huge dongle. Now, don’t get me started on the US$30 price… Availability is still anyone’s guess, as its not yet listed at the Apple Store.

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Apple Adds Image Capture to iPod Photo

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Date: Thursday, February 24th, 2005, 09:26
Category: Accessory, iPod

iPod PhotoOne of the least publicized and most important features announced with the new iPod Photo yesterday was the addition of Image Capture support allowing you to upload photos from a digital camera to the iPod – with an option US$30 dongle. Read More…

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Apple Gouging iPod Accessory Customers in UK

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Date: Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005, 09:45
Category: Accessory, iPod

The pricing of iPod camera accessories in the UK goes far beyond Apple’s usual mark-up. Read More…

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Rollable Solar Panel Powers Notebook Computers

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Date: Monday, February 21st, 2005, 20:39
Category: Accessory

If you find yourself outdoors and away from AC power a lot, solar panels are one of the best (and only) ways to get power to your gadgets. The downside to solar power is that it takes a big panel to collect any real juice. The Brunton SolarRoll 14 (US$399) is a 12 by 57-inch panel of amorphous solar cells that rolls up for easy storage. While it won’t easily strap to the back of your jacket the 17 ounce roll provides a beefy 14 watts of power – enough to power or recharge laptops, digital cameras and smaller mobile gadgets. Links and more after the jump…

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Solar-Powered Jacket Charges Your Mobile Gadgets

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Date: Monday, February 21st, 2005, 20:45
Category: Accessory

The Solar SCOTTEVEST (SeV) System is the ultimate geek jacket, packing 42 pockets, zippered sleeves and a solar panel to recharge your gadgets while you’re on the go.

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QuickerTek Releases 27db Transceiver for AirPort Base Station

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Date: Thursday, February 17th, 2005, 11:19
Category: Accessory

QuickerTek Plug N Play AntennaQuickerTek, Inc. has announced a new Wi-Fi transceiver designed to dramatically increase the effective signal range of the AirPort and AirPort Extreme Base Stations. It will add up to 1/2 mile line-of-sight coverage according to the company. This product works by not only transmitting a more powerful signal, but also using a LNA (low noise amplifier) to increase the receiver sensitivity. The 27db Transceiver has a list price of US$149 and will be available in one week.
The PowerPage has been testing one of QuickerTek’s new and improved
Plug N Play antenna (pictured) for all Apple Airport Base Stations and we’re impressed with the results. On average, our Airport Extreme Base Stations signal gained two bars of signal strength in most remote areas of our setup. The Plug N Play antenna (US$90) allows you to fine tune its installation. The included software helps you position the antenna for maximum performance.

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