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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Mac mini Installation in a Volkswagen GTi

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Date: Thursday, March 24th, 2005, 23:09
Category: Hardware

TunerTricks has posted the details of a Mac mini installation in a Volkswagen GTi:

When the dimensions for the MacMini were announced, I immediately got to work figuring out what the best way to integrate one into my own car would be. If I was going to put a Mac in my car, I wanted to make sure it had all of the functionality that it would have in a home environment while still maintaining an easy-to-operate interface so that distractions could be kept to a minimum. So the researching, planning, sketching and disassembly of my car?s interior (to see what would fit where) began. After taking the thought process to every extreme imaginable, I decided on the following equipment list:
- 1.42GHz MacMini with 512mb RAM, Superdrive, Bluetooth and Airport Extreme
- Xenarc 700tsv 7″ USB touchscreen monitor with VGA and dual composite video inputs
- Cirque EasyCat USB trackpad
- Griffin PowerMate assignable USB control knob
- Lacie 8 in 1 USB flash card reader
- Belkin USB 7-port powered hub
- Belkin USB four-port bus-powered hub
- Belkin Firewire 6-port mini hub
- Alpine PXA-H701 Multimedia processor with RUX-C701 controller
- MonsterCable MCPI300 300watt power inverter
- Female USB, Ethernet and Firewire ports
- 40gig iPod dock
- Griffin RadioShark USB FM/AM tuner

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TechRestore Offers iPod HD Upgrade Program

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Date: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005, 20:40
Category: Hardware, iPod

TechRestore has announced a new iPod hard drive upgrade program that provides a fast and easy way for iPod owners to increase their music and storage capacity in full-sized iPod models. The flat-rate iPod hard drive upgrade service starts at US$119 and includes all overnight shipping charges, parts and installation. A TechRestore Certified Technician performs the upgrade in an anti-static and dust-free environment.

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2005 PowerBook Display Artifacts (Updated 5x)

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Date: Monday, March 21st, 2005, 23:35
Category: Hardware, PowerBook G4

PowerBook 2005 Display ArtifactsWe’ve collected some reader reports about a problem with artifacts on 2005 PowerBook G4′s screens. Read More…

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Subtle Differences in the New PowerBooks

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Date: Monday, March 21st, 2005, 12:12
Category: Hardware, PowerBook 15-Inch

I just upgraded from a 1.25GHz 15-inch PowerBook to the new 1.67GHz model and I ran into a few issues and surprises. Read more…

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PowerBook Problems Persist

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Date: Monday, March 21st, 2005, 08:02
Category: Hardware

MacInTouch has posted some interesting feedback on PowerBook trackpad problems, cleaning grilles and uneven audio and lighting.

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PowerBook Etch-A-Sketch

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Date: Monday, March 21st, 2005, 01:29
Category: Hardware, PowerBook G4 Aluminum

RedHanded has posted a story about hacking the motion sensor in the 2005 PowerBooks.

The amstracker commandline is really all you need to get started, as evidenced by this Python script, which controls iTunes by either “bumping” the laptop to advance a track or by rocking the laptop to move around the playlist.
Joey DeVilla has further challenged the scripting world to turn the PowerBook into an Etch-A-Sketch. So you can reboot your laptop by evoking the familiar Flip-N-Pull-A-Seizure manual restart of the kiddie canvas.

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