Last PowerBook G4 Speedbump Possible Midweek

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Date: Saturday, January 22nd, 2005, 16:03
Category: Hardware, PowerBook G4 Aluminum

An update on a possible midweek refresh of the PowerBook G4 Aluminum… Click through for the skinny.

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Problems with MyFi?

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Date: Friday, January 21st, 2005, 23:25
Category: Hardware

Mi-FiTwo different MyFi radios don’t work out of the cradle. Is “portability” a relative term? Read more…

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Mac Mini Unboxing

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Date: Thursday, January 20th, 2005, 11:46
Category: Hardware, Mac Desktop

Mac mini unboxingI just received my Mac Mini this morning and took some pictures of the unboxing.

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Enable Your PowerMac G5's 16X Dual-Layer DVD Burner

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Date: Thursday, January 20th, 2005, 09:09
Category: Hardware, PowerMac G5

Underneath the hood of your PowerMac G5 lies a 16X dual-layer DVD burner the problem is that Apple is passing it off as an 8X burner. Find out how to make it go twice as fast inside…

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Apple QPromo for Q1 2005

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Date: Monday, January 17th, 2005, 12:40
Category: Hardware

Every quarter Apple unloads excess product inventory via a sale to employees and friends called “QPromo.” To order any of the following you’ll need to have a friend inside Apple that is willing to order it for you. QPromo always provides an interesting peek into what Apple products aren’t selling so well and to what products may be coming.
Click through for the juice.

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Mac mini Pictures

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Date: Saturday, January 15th, 2005, 11:28
Category: Hardware

Mac mini logic boardMacnews.de has posted a bunch of pictures of the Mac mini. Including tons of the innards. And guess what? The logic board’s blue… Since the mini enclosure is sealed it looks like someone voided their warranty. Tsk tsk…

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Pimp My Mac mini

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Date: Friday, January 14th, 2005, 13:01
Category: Hardware

Apple Mac miniGizmodo has a story about one of the first efforts to install the new Mac mini in a car. (Am I the only one that wants to call it the iMac mini?) You know that it’s only a matter of time before the mini shows up on MTV’s Pimp My Ride.

The commodity nature of the Mac mini may be just what automotive hackers need to come up with a unified set of sensors, software, and hardware to turn road rockets into dork dragsters. – Gizmodo

Mac mini rear shotThe Mac mini seems like a natural for automotive applications but c4r h4x0rz should watch out for a few things: the mini’s massive AC adapter, sealed enclosure and fines for removing airbags to make room for LCDs – a no no in the U.S. kids.
What do you have in mind for your Mac mini?
Further Reading:
What the Mac Mini Is and Is Not (eWeek)

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Apple VP: PowerBook G5 "the Mother of All Thermal Challenges"

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Date: Thursday, January 13th, 2005, 08:00
Category: Hardware, PowerBook G5

The Mac Observer has posted an interesting comment from an Apple VP about the upcoming PowerBook G5:

When Rob Steerum of Fulcrum Global Partners asked Tim Cook, Apple’s VP of Worldwide Sales and Operations, about the chances of a G5-based PowerBook anytime soon, Mr. Cook admitted Wednesday such a project “would be the mother of all thermal challenges.”
When asked if he meant there will never be a G5-powered PowerBook, Mr. Cook said, “I don’t want to go further in the comment.”
The comments came during Apple’s conference call Wednesday discussing its first quarter fiscal earnings with analysts.

The PowerPage maintains that we’ll see one more round of speed bumps for the existing PowerBook form factor before we’ll see the PowerBook G5 sometime in the summer.

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WSJ: Test-Driving the $99 iPod

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Date: Wednesday, January 12th, 2005, 13:42
Category: Hardware, iPod

iPod ShuffleThe Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg test drives the new iPod Shuffle in his Personal Technology column:

I can understand the allure of shuffle play, and of carrying around just a subset of your music. I most frequently use my larger iPods on Shuffle mode. And, like most people, I play favorite songs more often than others, even though my whole music collection is loaded on my bigger iPod.
But, the lack of a screen on the Shuffle would bug me, personally. I really enjoy seeing the song information while I play music. It’s one of the big advantages digital music players have over playing CDs. Of course, joggers and others who listen to music while they work out won’t miss the screen, because they are rarely in a position to watch it, and the fact that the Shuffle is small and lacks a delicate hard disk will make exercising with it appealing.
There are a few design downsides to the iPod Shuffle. The lack of a screen means you can’t use playlists of collected songs on it, because you have no way to select such a list. For many people, play lists are a key part of the iPod experience.
The Shuffle also lacks many of the extra features of the bigger iPods, such as various equalization settings for music playback, and the ability to display calendar and contact information.
And I found the three-way mode button on the back difficult to move. I was forced to press it so tightly that I often tripped the playback controls on the other side.

Read the rest of the column at The Mossberg Solution.
What’s your take on the iPod shuffle? Gotta have one or stripped-down tongue depressor?

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Apple Cuts Heads

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Date: Wednesday, January 5th, 2005, 08:21
Category: Hardware, Mac Desktop

Apple quietly cut the price of its LCD monitors. If there is a headless iMac, the 20 incher is still pricey at $999. I think the monitor of choice for a $499 Mac may end up being the Plasma Display that is already hanging on the wall in the media room!