Battery Powered Mac mini Goodness

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Date: Saturday, May 14th, 2005, 19:08
Category: Hardware

Battery Powered Mac miniSilas Bennett: The gist of the article linked to by the DWN was that Alex Perry got to wondering how much power his Linksys switch was sucking down whilst running 24/7, and found that his Manga, an ARM based router box, not only consumed less power but was able to run full blown Debian to boot. His point was “If I am going to pay to have a switch run 24/7, I might as well have the switch be a useful server as well.” Following his article the PepLink community promptly got X11 working on the Manga and Alex’s website was updated with the screen shots, which I might add are quite amusing. While I do sympathize with the original thrust of the article, I must say that the Manga’s ARM is a rather diminutive processor for a desktop machine these days. So my question is why would you run a Manga as a desktop to get down to the 3 Watt mark when for just a few more Watts you can run a box with a G4 processor? Yes, I am talking about that little machine that all of my geek friends (me included) seem to be drooling over as of late. The Mac Mini!
To find out how Silas got his Mac mini to run off a self-contained battery pack check out his site. (Thanks HackaDay).

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Widescreen Notebooks go Mainstream

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Date: Thursday, May 12th, 2005, 09:34
Category: Hardware

DigiTimes: “With brand-name PC vendors increasing their orders for widescreen notebooks, the segment is set to dominate the market by the first half of next year, according to sources with notebook makers in Taiwan. Widescreen models may account for 80-90% of the notebook market in the first half of 2006, up from 30-40% at present, the sources said. Dell, Hewlett Packard (HP), Acer, Apple and Asustek are increasing the proportion of widescreen models in their notebook lineups for 2006, the sources said.”

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The iTablet, Circa 2004

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Date: Wednesday, May 11th, 2005, 23:41
Category: Hardware

Apple iTabletMacMod (circa December 2004):

Close to 12 years ago I caught wind of an Operating System called PenPoint. This was one of the first pen driven operating systems out there. I had contacted them and spoke of how so many people had been left out of the technological revolution and I had thought it was due to the awkwardness of the current state of hardware and software design. At that time I would have hoped Apple would have risen to the challenge to develop a Tablet but as it turned out it was Microsoft who took the chance.
Working with a computer all day long, I have to say that there is nothing quite as pretty as OS X. It is by no means perfect, as a Photographer running 4 Epson printers and depending on the quality of output, it is a continuous frustration and I am afraid the fault lies with Apple not Epson.
As a Photographer and a Dyslexic the idea of being able to use a Tablet as a platform for showing photographs, editing, and an extension of my badly organized memory is very appealing. I had purchased an early QBE, which I was happy with, except for the problem of going between the QBE and all my other desktops which are Apples, it was always the odd man out, in addition to the frustration of finding cross platform software. So taking matters into my own hands I cut into a Dual USB iBook and didn’t look back. Read the rest of the tale of the first Apple tablet at MacMod.

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Apple Granted Patent for Tablet Mac

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Date: Wednesday, May 11th, 2005, 11:44
Category: Hardware

Apple Tablet Patent FilingMacObserver: Late on Tuesday, we reported that Apple Computer was granted a patent application for a device whose Illustrations clearly indicate it to be a tablet-style Macintosh.
According to a comment: “What’s new is that Apple has been granted the patent, and some illustrations that demonstrate the product. The illustrations, in particular, are important in that they definitely show the product as a handheld device with a touch screen. This was not shown in the original patent application.”

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LCD Prices Show no Sign of Dropping

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Date: Thursday, May 5th, 2005, 19:18
Category: Hardware

ExtremeTech: “Although LCD panel manufacturers have invested billions in bringing up new LCD fabs, the market for LCD televisions and monitors continues to rage unabated. That will in turn consume the increasing supply of panels, which is expected to increase by 7.4 percent in the second quarter, 12.5 percent in the third quarter and 20 percent in the fourth quarter.”
Gizmodo: This claim is a stark contrast to Ars Technica‘s piece from last month which stated that “LCD prices have nowhere to go but down.”

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Apple Updates iMac G5, eMac

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Date: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005, 23:48
Category: Hardware

Apple today speed-bumped the iMac G5. The new iMacs ship with 512MB RAM, larger hard drives, improved graphics (ATI Radeon 9600) and built-in Bluetooth 2.0 and Airport Extreme. Read More…

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PowerBook Old Schoolers Club

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Date: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005, 21:26
Category: Hardware

From an Outbound through to a 2004 PowerBook, I dusted off my laptops and fired them up for a trip down memory lane. Read More..

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PowerBook iDecay

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Date: Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 08:17
Category: Hardware

Apple PowerBook G4 DacayingCollyLogic has a gruesome pictorial of what happens to a PowerBook buried at Chernobyl – just kidding, the picture at right is a regular old PowerBook G4 Titanium after about four years of wear and tear.

Customized by a combination of backpack, heat, hard work and prolonged use, Apple’s limited edition PowerBook iDecay model was only available in Nottingham back in 2001.
The machine was – and still is – incredible, but on delivery the casing was disappointingly shiny and new. Thankfully, and with only minor wear, tear and abuse, my Powerbook iDecay is now deteriorating nicely. Read on for more detail and exclusive pictures…

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Bluetooth iPod: More Cost, Less Battery

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Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2005, 09:31
Category: Hardware

Infoworld’s Tech Watch is covering the Bluetooth iPod watch:

I met with Michael Foley, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG and asked him if he heard anything about enabling iPod with Bluetooth so that you can use a Bluetooth wireless stereo headset.
Foley said everyone is waiting for it but he’s heard nothing from Apple.
However, here’s the straight skinny on what it would take to add Bluetooth to the iPod.
Number one, since the Bluetooth 2.0 spec is now ratified, which performs at 3Mb per second, stereo headsets are already on to the market.
The cost to Apple of adding a Bluetooth radio to the iPod would be about $2.50 for the iPod and another $2.50 for a headset. That’s assuming Apple wanted to offer the wireless headset.

Read more at Infoworld Tech Watch.

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Good: 200MB PB Drives, Bad: 2007

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Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2005, 08:44
Category: Hardware

Several sources are reporting that Fujitsu is preparing a 200GB (2.5-inch) notebook drive. The new mobile hard drive will feature perpendicular recording technology according to IDG News.

Perpendicular recording is a method of storing information using magnetic fields to represent each bit. In disks that are commercially available today, the bits, or magnetic fields, lay flat on the disk surface. In drives using perpendicular recording, the bits stand upright. Because they take less space, more bits can be packed on the disk, and so more recording capacity is available.

Finally, a hard drive that keeps up with Moore’s Law you say? No quite. The bad news is that the new 200GB drive is not slated to ship until the first half of 2007. Yes, 2007.

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