Counter-Point: PowerBook Delight

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Date: Thursday, March 17th, 2005, 12:08
Category: Hardware, PowerBook 17-Inch

Not to minimize possible problems with the January 05 PowerBook incremental updates, but one owner is absolutely delighted with his new PB 17-inch 1.67GHz and wireless home network.

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HOW-TO: Take Apart Your PowerBook 12-Inch LCD

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Date: Thursday, March 17th, 2005, 04:31
Category: Hardware, PowerBook 12-Inch

A french PowerBook site has published a page about how to take the PB G4 12″ LCD panel apart. It’s in French but full of pictures. Click through for the link…

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Apple iPad Mockup

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Date: Thursday, March 17th, 2005, 00:26
Category: Hardware

Apple iPadThe PowerPage India Bureau sends us this snippet on the rumored iPad, an Apple PDA that may have “Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and USB and we have no doubt that they’ll try to shove in FireWire also.” Read more…

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Quality Issues Plague 2005 PowerBooks

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Date: Wednesday, March 16th, 2005, 08:17
Category: Hardware, PowerBook G4 Aluminum

MacFixIt has posted a special report on Troubleshooting 2005 PowerBook G4s. Some of the topics include:
* Erratic Trackpad behavior
* Oversensitive Ambient Light Sensors, solutions
* Hacking the Sudden Motion Sensor
* Kensington USB trackball issue
* Brighter screens, keyboards
* Installation and iLife on same DVD
* Developer Note for 12″ model
In related news MacInTouch’s PowerBook report digs into trackpad problems with the new models, offering some interesting insights and diagnosis. PowerBookZone is also covering the the new PowerBook’s defective trackpad.
All it takes is a brief surf through Apple’s PowerBook discussion forums and any number of troubleshooting Web sites to realize that Apple has a big problem on its hands with 2005 PowerBook G4s. One colleague had to send his brand new PB 17-inch back for a complete replacement, and there are innumerable reports of defective trackpads, bad displays and problems with hard drives. We’re starting to see a pattern here.

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Mac mini Auto Install: VW GTi

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Date: Monday, March 14th, 2005, 08:40
Category: Hardware

Gizmodo is carrying the first story of a successful Mac mini auto install in a 2001 Volkswagen GTi:

Matt Turner was kind enough to drop us a line about his month-long endeavor of permanently installing and integrating a Mac mini into his 2001 Volkswagen GTi. He pulls out all the stops with a 7″ USB touchscreen monitor, a Cirque EasyCat USB trackpad, a USB FM/AM tuner, an installed iPod dock and some very nice fabricated, brushed aluminum trim bezels to hold it all.

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Apple Joins Blu-Ray Disc Association Board

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Date: Monday, March 14th, 2005, 00:04
Category: Hardware

Blu-Ray Association BoardAppleInsider is reporting that Apple has joined the Blu-Ray Disc Association Forum. Read More…

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PowerBook 2005 Scrolling Trackpad Woes Acknowledged by Apple

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Date: Monday, March 14th, 2005, 00:58
Category: Hardware, PowerBook G4 Aluminum

Trackpad issues continue the plague the PowerBook 2005 judging by email received by the PowerPage and postings on Apple’s own discussion forums and other Mac News sites like MacFixIt and MacInTouch. AppleInsider posted a story Friday that Apple has acknowledged the problem. Read More…

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Extreme iPod: Survives Washer AND Dryer

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Date: Friday, March 11th, 2005, 10:53
Category: Hardware, iPod

One reader’s tale of running an iPod mini through the washing machine. Did it survive? Click through for the amazing results…

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iPod 'Squeaks' Betray Software Secrets

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Date: Friday, March 11th, 2005, 10:07
Category: Hardware, iPod

Did you see this iPod hack on New Scientist? What a c()()1 H4X!

Computer enthusiasts have worked out how to reprogram Apple’s iPod music player with their own code using an ingenious acoustic trick.
They adapted the component that generates clicks – or “squeaks” – as a user scrolls through the on-screen menu in order to extract vital information from the latest generation of the device. This allowed them to install an alternative operating system and make their iPods run games and other new programs.

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Apple Developing New Palmtop Mac

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Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 2005, 10:56
Category: Hardware

Apple eMate 300Remember Apple’s eMate 300 from the early nineties? (nicknamed “Eat Me” by developers). It was a kind of Batman green and a fab little flat lap Newton. The PowerPage EU bureau has been beamed some details of a secret development team planning specifications for the release of a new mini laptop. (It goes well with their current mini theme. -Ed). Deep in the Apple cave these slim little mini pocketops are doing the rounds and getting a lot of great feedback. Sources who claim to have see one have commented that an internal planning spec details that the new machine runs a stripped-down flavour of Mac OS X. We’re told that it will finally utilize Apple’s Inkwell technology to “write anywhere” and neatly fold into your pocket – rather like an enlarged Motorola RAZR V3 mobile phone with a keyboard.

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