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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The Value of Your Legacy Portable? (Updated)

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Date: Wednesday, April 27th, 2005, 08:17
Category: Hardware

As new machines continue to roll out of Cupertino, along with the release of Tiger this week, my old iBook Dual USB 500MHz continues to decline in value. So, what do you do with that old iBook/PowerBook that just isn’t worth getting rid of? Kitchen appliance, car stereo, stereo component? What’s your take on the use, reuse, recycle, potential for your dust attracting ‘Book? Read more for suggestions on where to send your PowerBook on retirement…

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Amazon Spills the Beans on new G5 Configuration (Updated)

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Date: Tuesday, April 26th, 2005, 10:40
Category: Hardware, PowerMac G5

Amazon Leaks New Apple PowerMac G5 ConfigurationsAmazon has spilled the beans on a new G5 configuration.
Part Number: M9749LL/A
Dual 2.7 GHz PowerPC G5 processors
512MB of DDR SDRAM
250GB hard drive
16x Dual Layer SuperDrive (CD/DVD+RW)
Ships with Mac OS X10.4 Tiger
Amazon is selling the machine for US$2,994.99, but it is not listed in stock as of yet.
[Update]
Amazon has posted pages for new dual 2.0GHz and dual 2.3GHz machines:
Mac OS X10.4, code named Tiger
Dual 2.0 GHz PowerPC G5 processors
512 MB of DDR SDRAM
160 GB hard drive
16x Dual Layer SuperDrive (CD/DVD+RW)
Mac OS X10.4, code named Tiger
Dual 2.3 GHz PowerPC G5 processors
512 MB of DDR SDRAM
250 GB hard drive
16x Dual Layer SuperDrive (CD/DVD+RW)

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