PB17 Experiences: Hissing Keyboard Syndrome?

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Date: Thursday, May 22nd, 2003, 19:44
Category: iPod, User Group

So I have this 14″ iBook. Nice and quiet other than the HD. Now I have this new 17″ PowerBook. *HISS HISS HISS* I feel like I’m living with Salazar Slytherin! I know people keep saying “this is normal”. So here’s what I want to know? Why doesn’t it hiss if I reduce the CPU performance!? Is anyone else annoyed as hell with this!? Ed: Unfortunately, we don’t have the comments system up yet so we can’t have an open discussion on this. If anyone else is having this experience or could explain why this is happening in the first place, post a story to the Newswire. -PK

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FireWire 800/1394b CardBus Adapter Introduced

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Date: Thursday, May 22nd, 2003, 08:09
Category: iPod, User Group

FirewireDirect has the first FireWire 800 CardBus adapter for Type II slots, which offers 2-Ports, a 9-pin FireWire 800 port for connecting new 800Mbps FireWire 1394b devices and an independent legacy 6-pin port for 400Mbps FireWire products. Click ‘read more’ for full details.

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Half Empty, Half Full?: iTunes Music Store vs. Vinyl vs. Windows

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Date: Thursday, May 22nd, 2003, 08:09
Category: iPod

As numerous websites have been reporting, yes, the Rolling Stone has pointed out Apple’s iTunes Music Store, even if it keeps up its current sales pace, will still fall short of vinyl sales this year. Our colleagues have left out some very good news from the same Rolling Stone article, though — but what would mostly Windows sales mean for Apple’s future? Click read more.

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Washington Post reviews laptops

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Date: Tuesday, May 20th, 2003, 16:23
Category: Hardware, iPod

The Technology section of the Washington Post has an interesting article today reviewing the latest notebook computers from Dell, Apple and other companies. The article concludes about the PowerBook…

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AAC vs. MP3 vs. Ogg vs. AIFF

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Date: Monday, May 19th, 2003, 22:18
Category: iPod, Software

How does AAC stack up against the popular alternatives and what does this mean for the quality of the Apple iTunes Music Store?
When Apple released the iTunes Music Store they made some bold claims as to the quality of AAC. Since I had read no listening comparisons of AAC to other formats, I decided to do my own tests. For those of you who are wondering what format is best to encode with, and which bit rates are ideal for certain uses, please have a read.

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Skullcandy – Music to your ears!

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Date: Friday, May 16th, 2003, 09:07
Category: iPod

Okay, so we all have close to a bazallion gadgets, right? I have a whole closet full of stuff! Do I ever use it though? Nope. What goes with me everywhere? My cell phone (a Sony Ericsson T68i, for the record) and my iPod. This sometimes leads to some irritation when you have to answer your phone, while enjoying your music.
So you are listening to you iPod, and your phone rings. We all know the drill. Pause the iPod to see if it really is your phone, yank of your headphones, try and try to push the talk button on your way to your ear so you don’t miss the call as it is your boss wondering why it is taking so long to get his lunch, right? More at MacHelpNet

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iPods Backordered Everywhere

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Date: Monday, May 12th, 2003, 20:11
Category: Hardware, iPod

I ordered a 30 GB iPod from MacMall on Thursday 01 May 2003. I don’t recall reading anything on any Mac news site about them not being immediately available. It’s now 12 days later and still no iPod, and a quick search on the Web shows that no one has them. When can we expect the backorders to be filled?

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When in Doubt, Imitate Apple

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Date: Monday, May 12th, 2003, 16:04
Category: iPod, Software

A troubling article from the NYTimes is discussed on OSOpinion on the battle being waged between users and record labels on the issue of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing.

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Bugs in Apple's iTunes Music Store

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Date: Thursday, May 8th, 2003, 01:55
Category: Hardware, iPod

There seems to be two BUGS with the iTunes Music Store. One with the use of the shopping cart and overcharging for sales tax. If you have set your preferences in iTunes to “Buy Using Shopping Cart” Beware. Also be sure to check your charges of your purchases for the correct amount of applicable sales tax. This seems to be two bugs that I have now run into.

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New iPod Text Notes Feature

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Date: Friday, May 2nd, 2003, 00:00
Category: iPod, Software

I’ve been a reader for over seven years now (started when I was shopping for my PB 1400) and you guys have always had the best insight on portable technologies, so here’s my question: I was reading about the new iPod’s “store text notes” feature and saw on the site where Apple mentioned “Now you can have the information you need – from restaurant reviews to concert guides to news articles – right at your fingertips.” It wasn’t until I read the “news articles” one that I started to wonder, would it be possible to have an Avant Go-type service for the iPod?

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