Ask PowerPage: Olympus TDA and PowerBook

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Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2005, 06:10
Category: Hardware

I am a lucky owner of a new Olympus R1018 TDA (tough digital assistant) and my main computer is a PowerBook. It comes with Windows ce.net or Linux. Since the Bluetooth support is not finished in Linux, I’ve settled for ce.net for now.
It took me quite a few hours but I did get the TDA hooked up to my Airport and I was able to surf the Web but Google Maps wouldn’t load! As far as I can tell, there is no file sharing or networking software that will let me move files back and forth to my PowerBook. I can ping one from the other, so they can see each other but I’m not sure what protocols are on the TDA. So that’s my first question, is how do I share files?
The second question pertains to the Bluetooth support. I’ve been able to see my BT device (it offers a serial port profile), but I can’t find a terminal program in the limited program menu of the TDA. The help says to go through the communications sub menu but that doesn’t exist. Is there a terminal program available that I can connect to a serial port device? Zterm?

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Ask PowerPage: PowerBook G4 Operating Temperature (Updated 3x)

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Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2005, 00:03
Category: Hardware, PowerBook 15-Inch

PowerPage reader Phil asks:

What is the normal operating temperature of a PowerBook G4 15″ AL 1.25. Right now the CPU temperature is 138. The power Supply is 145. I never hear the fan. Is this normal? Here at work I drive a 20″ DVI LCD.

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REVIEW: iPod Shuffle

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Date: Monday, April 18th, 2005, 08:47
Category: Hardware, iPod shuffle

iPod shuffleWhen it was originally announced I panned the iPod shuffle’s ugly design, which I still stand by today, but I have to admit to having a sweet spot in my heart for the shuffle despite its flaws. Read more..

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The Mac mini Size + Form + Quiet = Mi Musica!

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Date: Thursday, April 14th, 2005, 06:14
Category: Hardware, Mac mini

There are a number of characters and factors which make me appreciate my Mac mini. Read More..

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Apple High-Definition Displays

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Date: Wednesday, April 13th, 2005, 08:45
Category: Hardware

A reader theorizes that Apple may be developing high-defintion (HD) displays:

I was browsing Apple’s new Tiger page, and after checking out the Dashboard and Spotlight videos, realized that the desktop in the videos has a 16:9 aspect ratio–the same as HD television. Currently, all of Apple’s widescreen displays feature a 16:10 aspect ratio.
Is this a small hint that Apple might be adopting the HD aspect ratio in future displays, e.g. the upcoming iMac G5 revision?

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The Family of Mac mini

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Date: Wednesday, April 13th, 2005, 05:02
Category: Hardware

Mac miniTo eulogize the eMac is difficult, but now when there is a Mac mini in its place perhaps a lot easier. Read More…

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What's on President Bush's iPod?

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Date: Monday, April 11th, 2005, 19:32
Category: Hardware, iPod

President Bush's iPodThe International Herald Tribune is reporting that President Bush has had an iPod since July 2004. Read More for W’s playlist…

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PowerBook Screen Brightness Compared (Updated 4x)

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Date: Sunday, April 3rd, 2005, 22:36
Category: Hardware, PowerBook G4

The objective of this article is to compare PowerBook screen brightness to other notebook LCDs. I’d like to turn this into an across-the-board comparison on brightness, with your help. Read More…

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Mac mini as a Network Appliance

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Date: Tuesday, March 29th, 2005, 10:05
Category: Hardware, Mac mini

Mac mini backplane
In case you can’t tell, the PowerPage has gone all Mac mini, all the time. Technically it is a portable Mac, right? Although the Mac mini has only been marketed as a compact Mac, perhaps there’s an implied usage much broader than many have written about. Read More…

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The Mac mini as an Embedded Development Platform

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Date: Monday, March 28th, 2005, 11:22
Category: Hardware, Mac mini

An article on IBM.com takes a close look at the Mac Mini as an embedded development platform. Read More…

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