“Amnesty Bin” Contest Winners Announced

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Date: Monday, May 28th, 2007, 09:51
Category: Fun

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Ok, the results are in and the judges have chosen the five best comments to the Microsoft “Amnesty Bin” contest.
As mentioned in Friday’s article, the “Amnesty Bin” is a large plastic bin located in the Microsoft Zune development team’s headquarters. Employees have been encouraged to ditch their current iPods and go exclusively with the Zunes they’ve been working on.


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Whether this has been a joke or a morale booster, no one’s quite sure.
So, here we go with the top five comments which we feel best describe the situation:
“How to get iPods for free.” – Sharpe
“We bit off more than we could chew.” – Drew Skinner
“And every night after Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer went home, the Zune team would go and get their iPods back from the bin.” – Geekmouth
“I thought it was a battery recycling bin for older iPods…” – airboyd
“15 Down….50 Million to Go….” – Dave
“Fill this bin by noon or Ballmer dies.” – Samuel Maffei
Thanks for participating and if anyone has a contact within the Zune team’s offices that can shed more light on the Amnesty Bin, we’d love to hear about it.
Congratulations to the winners and if your entry wasn’t selected, we’ve got plenty of chances for fame, fortune and cool prizes in the future.

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Microsoft “Amnesty Bin” Comes to Life

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Date: Friday, May 25th, 2007, 11:36
Category: Fun

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An “iPod Amnesty Bin” has surfaced over at the Microsoft Zune development headquarters. Here, a plastic bin with a photo of a green apple and the words “Bite me” have been placed out in public, employees being challenged to willingly give up their iPod players.


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Per the above image via Flickr, not many have.
According to Macworld News, Apple has declined from commenting, but a spokesperson for Microsoft expressed that she felt the bin might be either a joke or a morale booster for the Zune developers.
Though the Zune player was introduced with moderate, but not overwhelming, success, Microsoft has been working up marketing campaigns around currently available units and released a pink version of the player that’s outsold its white and brown models. A new television commercial also highlights features unique to the device such as wireless song sharing and a built-in FM radio tuner. The company will also offer a “Halo”-themed Zune along with its release of “Halo 3″ later this year.
Also, PowerPage would like to announce a caption contest for the Amnesty Bin photo. While we can’t guarantee cash and riches, the top five will be posted for all to see, thus gaining the respect and admiration of your fellow Mac-heads. Let’s see what you guys can come up with.
As always, your two cents about this would be appreciated.

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iPhone Countdown Begins

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 16:01
Category: Fun

Digg.com has a cool link, albeit somewhat disconcerting.
Visit iphonecountdown.com for a live counter to June and Apple’s iPhone release date.

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MacBook Pro Tricks for the Completely Psychotic

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2007, 13:38
Category: Fun

An article over on MacMerc.com show a full video of a person spinning an assortment of items, among them a DVD, a copy of Maxim magazine, a puzzle and a 15″ MacBook Pro (starting at $2,499 at the Apple Store).
He’s good, but this WILL make your heart seize up and your brain cringe:




If you have any comments or feedback, let us know.

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Apple Includes Hidden Games in Terminal

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Date: Thursday, December 28th, 2006, 09:21
Category: Fun

Well, it’s more a part of emacs and code written by Richard M. Stallman, but a cool article over at digg.com shows a full video of how to access hidden games within Mac OS X’s Terminal program:



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Otherwise, just follow the following instructions:
Type into terminal:
ls /usr/share/emacs/21.2/lisp/play
Get the name of what you want to play
type:
emacs
press escape and x at the same time
type your game ex: tetris
I you’ve heard of any other easter eggs or have ideas or comments, let us know.

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Legend of the Dogcow Posted

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Date: Tuesday, December 26th, 2006, 08:00
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Technology blog Uneasysilence.com has posted an abridged history of Apple‘s legendary Dogcow, the cult favorite icon originally designed as part of the Cairo font by Susan Kare when Apple was designing its own fonts back in the 80′s.
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In 1986, the Dogcow image became more prevalent as Apple was looking for an image to demonstrate what its Laser printer line was capable of. The printer development team decided to incorporate the dogcow image, in various positions, to show different page orientations such as Portrait, Landscape, Invert, Flip, etc.
The icon was used in every iteration of the Macintosh operating system until Mac OS 7.1 and was officially dubbed “Clarus”, complete with her own backstory and origin as well as a distinctive “Moof!” sound when necessary.
The Dogcow was present in Apple’s Icon Garden from 1993 until 1998 and remains the mascot of the Apple Worldwide Developer Tech Support Group.
If you’ve seen the Dogcow in any hacks, web sites or other locations, please let us know.

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Cats Prefer PowerPC

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Date: Friday, November 3rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: Fun

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Moose the cat insists PPC is cozier, and he’s right: my Taylor instant reads 82 degrees Fahrenheit for the MacBook 1.83 GHz versus a tropical 90 degrees (F) on the 1.67 GHz Power PC G4. Guess whose battery will last longer…
Contributed by: Gary Cosimini

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