Just when you might have considered Palm down for the count they breathe new life into the PDA with a hard drive-based device called LifeDrive MobileManager (US$499). The LifeDrive is the first HDD-based Palm and features a 4GB hard drive, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity and high resolution screen, this device is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Read more…
MCE Technologies, LLC (MCE) today announced an 8X DVD-Recordable slot-loading internal SuperDrive upgrade for both the 12-inch and 14-inch Apple iBook G4. In addition to recording to both DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW media at up to 8X speed, the MCE 8X SuperDrive includes Double Layer (also called Dual Layer) support and can record up to 8.5GB of information at up to 2.4X speed on a single side of DVD+R Double Layer media. The MCE 8X SuperDrive upgrade with Double Layer support is available for immediate delivery. US$199.
Silas 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).
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.”
MacMod (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.
MacObserver: 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.”
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.”