Boycott TicketMaster

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Date: Saturday, July 9th, 2005, 13:43
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TicketMaster TicketBastardI just got shut out of buying tickets for the Pearl Jam concerts in Atlantic City today, despite having a live operator on the phone at 10:01 a.m. – literally the minute tickets went on sale. It’s a long story but suffice it to say that the operator could not successfully place my order in time, despite having “found tickets.” Anyway, this isn’t the first time that I have received abysmal service from the ticket monopolist and I’m calling for a boycott of TicketMaster and an investigation into their monopolistic business practices. Following is part of the letter that I sent to TicketMaster today….

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Grand Rapids, MI Apple Store Opening, Mid-town NYC Store Staffing

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Date: Friday, July 8th, 2005, 08:59
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Apple Store Opening Grand Rapids, MIJim Nichols sends us some pictures of the Grand Rapids, MI Apple Store grand opening. “There was a huge turnout – as there usually are at Apple store openings. I estimate that they had to be close to 1000 or more in line by 10:00a.m.”
In related news: It looks like the Apple Store Midtown NYC is staffing up.

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Caveat Emptor When Buying a Notebook Computer

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Date: Friday, July 8th, 2005, 05:54
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An article by Rob Pegoraro for The Washington Post, Buyer be wise when looking for a laptop, discusses the practice of some Windows notebook vendors shipping a “starter” battery with their laptops and the tactic of low-balling laptop weights.

The biggest area of compromise is the battery. It’s bad enough that many laptop vendors act as if battery life is either a state secret or a mystery; there is no EPA estimate or Energy Star certification for this sort of thing.
But several of these companies seem to have also adopted one of the worst habits of the digital-camera business.
Just as some digicam manufacturers bundle “starter” memory cards that accommodate only a handful of photos, some laptop makers ? including Dell, Gateway and Hewlett-Packard ? ship computers with batteries that will expire before you can finish watching a movie.
If you want a longer run time, you’ll have to upgrade to a heavier, sometimes larger replacement battery. If you don’t think to do this as you order the machine online, you wind up paying for two batteries, one of which will be doomed to collect dust in a closet.

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Live8 Takes Philly

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Date: Tuesday, July 5th, 2005, 09:47
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Live 8 PhiladelphiaWe’ve been flying under the radar a little bit lately because of the Independence Day holiday (Happy Fourth!) and the Live8 concert that was in Philadelphia this weekend. The PowerPage posse was in attendance at a sweet little spot under the trees where we could see the stage (ok, on our tippey toes). Highlights included Black Eyed Peas (grab their new CD “Monkey Business” today), Will Smith, Jay-Z, Kayne West and, of course, Stevie Wonder who dedicated his set to the late Luther Vandross. A high quality show for a high quality town. Philadelphia mayor John Street and organizer Bob Geldoff deserve a lot of credit. One of the most amazing things about Live8 (besides the lack of beer sales) was the fact that they weren’t asking for any money. Support the Live8 cause and sign the list.

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Reducing Fan Noise in PowerBooks

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Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2005, 09:16
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MacOSHints: I know this has already been covered in a comment on this hint. But ever since Tiger, Apple has done the same thing to my PowerBook (Rev A)’s fan. Apparently, Apple has chosen to kick the fan into action on lower temperatures (it’ll be cooler), but I prefer a silent hot laptop over a loud (less) hot one. The “hint” is the same for 10.3, and I’ve been running it (on Tiger) for over two weeks without any glitches.

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iFitness: the Next New Thing?

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Date: Friday, June 24th, 2005, 10:22
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New miniature multi-sport fitness and training devices such as the Garmin Forerunner 301 combine wireless heart rate monitoring with GPS to record 10,000 points of position (lat, long, elevation), speed and heart rate. When these data are downloaded to PC- (Garmin Training Center) or web-based (Motion Based, Training Peaks) diary/archival, analytical and map-correlation services, the goal-oriented fitness afficianado or athlete has amazing new tools with which real improvements in performance can be achieved. Furthermore, flexible HRM-indexed time/pace training plans can be developed from coaches, books or on-line sources and uploaded to the device for autonomous real-time work-out guidance.
The problem: Garmin supports only Windows. Read More…

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Pogue Reviews Verizon's EV-DO Service

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Date: Thursday, June 23rd, 2005, 21:41
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Verizon's EV-DO Coverage Map (U.S.)David Pogue’s latest article for the New York Times goes into some of the benefits of Verizon’s ultra-fast EV-DO service, read on to find out why it kicks WiFi’s ass.

How fast is that, exactly? Verizon claims you’ll be able to download data at an average of 400 to 700 kilobits per second (kbps), which turns out to be true. That makes EV-DO at least five times as fast as the rival technology offered by Cingular and T-Mobile, called EDGE (70 to 135 kbps), and about seven times as fast as Verizon’s original data network (still available), which it calls NationalAccess (60 to 80 kbps).

Link (via Stuart Pomerantz)

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Apple Store Video Removed From WWDC Keynote?

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Date: Thursday, June 23rd, 2005, 17:25
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When watching the WWDC 2005 keynote address this morning it appeared that the cool Apple Retail Store video from the WWDC 2005 keynote had been cut out of the Apple.com presentation. Any thoughts on why? Maybe there are royalty issues with the song (Rubberneckin’ Oakenfold remix originally by Elvis)?

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TechRestore Offers Lifetime iPod Battery Replacement

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Date: Thursday, June 23rd, 2005, 12:20
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TechRestore Lifetime iPod Battery ReplacementTechRestore (a PowerPage sponsor) announced a new lifetime iPod battery replacement service. Read More…

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PowerPage Meetup in San Francisco a Success (Updated)

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Date: Tuesday, June 21st, 2005, 19:15
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San Francisco Bay BridgeIf you’re in the San Francisco area today (Wednesday, June 22, 2005) from 5-8pm you’re invited to the PowerPage Bay Area meetup.
We’ll be celebrating the start of summer, life, liberty and all things mobile. When will Apple release the Intel-based PowerBook? Come see some early schematics of the Intel/PowerBook mobo courtesy of Apple’s Cupertino dumpsters, groan about suffering through another two year transition or just bring a cool shiny gadget to show and tell.
UPDATE:
Thanks to everyone that attended, esp. Howard, Frank and Dan. Props to Sean from Wish Bar and Lounge (1539 Folsom St. SF) for hosting. Great spot – check it out.

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