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The Apple Core: MacBooks and death threats

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Date: Monday, August 21st, 2006, 13:00
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maynor-macbook-hack.pngIn today’s episode of ‘MacBook Exposed’ fellow ZDNet blogger George Ou has taken a few journalists to task for promoting the HackBook story incorrectly leading to “a vicious orchestrated assault on researcher David Maynor and the company SecureWorks.” The dissenters are upset because they claim that Maynor and SecureWorks falsified their research presented at Black Hat 2006.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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iTunes Visualizer for the MacBook Pro Backlit Keyboard

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Date: Thursday, June 22nd, 2006, 09:24
Category: Hack

iSpazz.jpgSorry MacBook users, this one requires a keyboard backlight.

iSpazz is a plugin for iTunes on OS X, controlling the MacBook Pro/PowerBook backlit keyboard and optionally the display backlight.

To use this yourself, download the plugin uncompress it and copy it to Library/iTunes/iTunes Plug-ins in your home folder.

Pressing the “i” key toggles the display flicker.

iSpazz

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Karma-improved SmackBook

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Date: Wednesday, June 14th, 2006, 08:00
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Some people thought that the original SmackBook was too violent so a YouTube user uploaded a video of the Karma-improved SmackBook which appears to take advantage of the MacBook’s ambient light sensor (ALS).

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Modding an old iPod Remote to Work With the New iPod

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Date: Monday, November 14th, 2005, 07:00
Category: Hack

modded-ipod-remote.jpgShakin-tosh, a member of KODAWARISAN, has modded the old iPod remote control to work with the new iPod. (Translation)
I guess there were now new Macs to disassemble this week :)

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PowerBook Hacks and Other Foolishness

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Date: Friday, November 11th, 2005, 13:07
Category: Hack

bezels.jpgMacDan has posted a number of Macintosh related hacks, help and other foolishness. Some of my favorite PowerBook-related pages from MacDan:
Fried chip in a DVI TiBook – Blank white LCD on a 667 DVI ‘Book, toasted chip and a solution.
TiBook display take-apart, re-assembly and various other related info – TiBooks break LCDs, hinges, how to get the dang things apart so’s you can fix ’em.
PowerBook Video Display Subsystems – from Wallstreet to Ivory
Sandblaster! – Fun with a sandblaster
PowerBook Wallstreet hinges – Yet another display hinge repair solution
PowerBook Expansion Bay Module upgrades and hacks – opticals, HDs, etc.
PowerBook 5300 power jack replacement – Where I replace the crappy original power connector with a regular-style PowerBook power connector. Hey, whaddya know?!?! It works great! :-)
Nice weekend reading for the geek in you. That last 5300 article was a flashback to 1995 when I started the PowerPage because of a defective Global Village modem in my PowerBook 5300. Stay tuned for more on our tenth anniversary in the coming weeks. -Ed

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How-To: Change the Color of the Apple Logo on Your PB

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Date: Wednesday, November 9th, 2005, 00:06
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green-apple-logo-pb.jpgSterling Anderson has posted a pictorial on how to change the color of your PowerBook’s Apple logo. That’s pictorial, as in, just pictures. Obviously, you’re doning this at your own peril, ok?

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Building the US$200 OSx86 Mac

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Date: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005, 22:41
Category: Hack

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In the following article I will discuss how to build a Intel based computer that comes very closely to meeting the specs of the OSx86 Development machines. We will discuss exactly WHAT hardware you want, WHERE to find the software, and HOW to install it…”

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Watercooled, Overclocked PowerBook a Hoax

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Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2005, 18:15
Category: Hack

Watercooled PowerBookGerman blog Der Eigenbroetler claims to have overclocked a PowerBook G4 17-inch to 5.86 GHz. In order to keep it cool they’ve added a liquid cooling system that uses distilled water. According to the Blog it’s a “little bulky.” Original German page, translated English version. The author admits in the comments that it’s a hoax.

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iPod mini Dissection

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Date: Monday, August 22nd, 2005, 11:05
Category: Hack

iPod mini Autopsy photosSpeaking of blowing out iPods, if you want to throw caution to the wind and open your iPod mini, iPoding.com has posted the autopsy photos. They don’t tell you how to do it, but a little bird told me that the procedure involves a holding a hot hair dryer to the top panel to soften up the glue. You’ll obviously be voiding your warranty (yadda, yadda) but with new iPods on the horizon, who cares? You can pick up a new one next month. Oh, the price of being an early adopter!

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What's Hiding in the Barcode on Your Driver's License?

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Date: Thursday, August 4th, 2005, 00:47
Category: Hack

Decode Your BarcodeThe SWIPE Toolkit is a collection of web-based tools that sheds light on personal data collection and usage practices in the United States. The tools demonstrate the value of personal information on the open market and enable people to access information encoded on a driver’s license or stored in some of the many commercial data warehouses.
Decode Your Barcode unveils the mystery of the 2D barcode. Currently 39 states use 2D barcodes to digitally store personal information on the backside of drivers’ licenses. What information is encoded on your license that machines can read and you cannot?

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