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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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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