As of May 2005 notebook computers are outselling desktops for the first time in history – and there’s no sign of the pendulum shifting back (until the venerable smartphone, takes its place, that is). But is this shift to the mobile computer causing more injuries to unsuspecting users? An article at The Guardian by Jack Schofield, When laptops are a pain in the neck, implies that there are many hidden health hazards that come with using a notebook:
Jeremy Clarkson and I seem to have something in common: we’ve both been laid low partly by our laptops. Physically, if not financially, he’s much worse off than me. According to his column in The Sunday Times, he’s visiting an osteopath for a slipped disc, whereas I’m just having physiotherapy for a cricked neck. But in a world where Wi-Fi and notebook computers are replacing wired desktops, this is very likely to become an increasingly common problem for computer users over the next few years.
First we discover that they cause impotence, now this? Does this mean that I can collect hazard pay for publishing the PowerPage? What ails you from your PowerBook?
In honor of the first manned Moon landing, which took place on July 20, 1969, we?ve added some NASA imagery to the Google Maps interface to help you pay your own visit to our celestial neighbor. Happy lunar surfing.
Zoom all the way in for a little easter egg. Gotta love those kids at Google 🙂
MacMod.com has announced “The Great MacMod Challenge 2005 Sponsored by dealmac.com,” officially designating August as Mac Mod Month. The Challenge pits Mac users against one another in a battle of creative wits to modify (“mod”) their Apple Macintosh computers by improving performance, appearance, and functionality ? for example, painting the exterior, adding bright color LED lights, and overclocking or water-cooling the processor.
Increased use of industry standard components by Apple Computer and the declining cost of Mac systems have increased the popularity of modifying Macs. “Modding is among the hottest new hobbies for Mac enthusiasts,” says Anthony King, Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of MacMod.com. Last year’s challenge included a Mac “Frankenstein” with a PC brain and a Hawaiian-inspired Tiki-PowerMac. Jacob Thomason, MacMod.com co-founder, couldn’t be happier. “We were just overwhelmed with the amount of interest in the mods that people submitted last August,” says Thomason. “It was a landmark event in Mac history. We decided then this had to be an annual event.”
Apple recently released the details of their Employee Quarterly Promotion. The program offers a discount on hardware and software and is available to Apple employees and their friends. Sometimes the QPromo can be an indicator of items that are overstocked or in the process of being End-Of-Lifed (EOL) but this is not always the case. It should be noted that this is the shortest Qpromo we’ve ever seen with only nine items on it: two iPods, two iMacs and one PowerMac. If you’re interested in acquiring any of the items below, reach out to your friends in Cupertino. Read More…
“Dora”, is the world’s first fully autonomous vehicle driven by Mac OS X. The entire development and race management efforts at Team Banzai is being done using Apple Mac OS X technology. According to the tech section of their site, “the car follows a series of GPS waypoints that define the course boundary and periodic check points.”
Team Banzai is one of only 40 teams from around the country to advance by invitation to the national semi-finals of the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge. Selected from a field of almost 200 teams that applied and competed through earlier regional elimination rounds, Team Banzai is proud to be participating in this exciting head-to-head competition in an attempt to win $2 million. Read more about it in the press release.
David A. Andelman’s column for Forbes, Apple To The Rescue…Again? suggests that Apple is in negotiations with music labels to sell music videos through the iTunes Music Store:
NEW YORK – Apple Computer, whose iTunes and iPods took a major step toward rescuing the music industry from the grip of pirates, is poised to do a similar service for videos. Some of the top music labels say they’ve been contacted by Apple about the prospects of selling music videos on iTunes?probably ahead of a fall debut of a color-screen Apple full-motion video iPod. The labels ought to be jumping for joy.
According to another report Disney is mulling teaming up with Apple to deliver iPod video content
“Steve Jobs has spoken with Disney President and soon-to-be CEO Bob Iger about ways to license various Disney content for a video iPod, according to an internal Disney email I have obtained. That could include anything from clips from ESPN and ABC News to short cartoons,” Business 2.0’s Erick Schonfeld reports in his blog (his source is B2.0 editor-at-large Paul Sloan). “If the past is any measure of what?s to come, Jobs will enter the arena late (as he did with the iPod) only to leapfrog over the competition with some entirely different device. And that could leave everyone from Microsoft?s Bill Gates to Sony?s Howard Stringer once again racing to copy their far smaller rival.”
More evidence of the Video iPod (vPod)? I guess we’ll have to wait until September to find out.
Opera 8.02 Technology Preview 1 with support for BitTorrent file transfers is available for download. More information can be found in the press release and on the Opera BitTorrent Resource Page. For information on BitTorrent settings in Opera, please view the changelogs.
The feedback was hot and heavy regarding my story about how Apple should dump the name “PowerBook” in favor of something new when they announce the new Intel-based portables. Many of you felt that Apple should keep the name PowerBook because it is a worldwide brand. Some of your comments are after the jump…