PC Notebooks Advance, Where's My PowerBook G5?

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Date: Wednesday, February 9th, 2005, 07:26
Category: Hardware

I slept through last weeks announcement of Apple’s predicted PowerBook G4 speed-bumps and have instead been laser focused on Apple’s “Mother of all Thermal Challenges,” the PowerBook G5. While I doubt that I would purchase a first generation FurnaceBook, I am curious as hell to see how they plan to cool it.
I don’t know about you, but my PBG4 1.5 GHz becomes too hot to use on my lap for after less than 30 minutes. How the hell are they going to keep a processor cool that requires seven (count ‘em) fans in a desktop enclosure? Anyway, I hope that it’s cool and that Apple offers more than just a G5 and a new enclosure for the beast. Don’t let us down Apple, PC notebook vendors continue to innovate while we’re still stuck with your creaky-hinge rejects.

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iPod Shuffle RAID

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Date: Wednesday, February 9th, 2005, 07:41
Category: Hardware

So, what do you do when you and some friends are all getting iPod Shuffles? You make a RAID array out of them, of course! Follow along as we explore new depths of geekery…
So, here we have our iPod Shuffles, all the top of the line 1Gb models. I’m sure that normal folks would probably take these home, install iTunes 4.7.1 from the CD in the box, and happily start putting music on the little things, but I had other plans for them…
Read More at Wright This Way… (Thanks SlashDot)

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PowerBook G5: Leaks or Typos?

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Date: Friday, February 4th, 2005, 09:07
Category: Hardware

MacRumors has a story about another potential PowerBook G5 leak on the Apple Web site. You’ll remember that last week the Register first reported a story about a PowerBook G5 reference on the Apple site. I am curious though, couldn’t these “references” to the mythical PowerBook be accidental leaks or are they nothing more than a simple typo? The four and five keys are right next to each other, after all…

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iPod Shuffle Rivals

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Date: Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005, 08:07
Category: Hardware, iPod

iPod ShuffleWhile the iPod Shuffle is great (I will be buying one soon) I think that Apple should have made it with an LCD display since other flash players have them. One good example is the Teac MP 200 which is available in the EU (not sure about the US). This Teac player has a beautiful “full graphic Organic LED / Panel 128 x 64 dots Featuring 4 line / 2 color OLED display” in a (almost)similar compact design and it looks great. Read More…

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Mac mini Media Centers and Home Theatres

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Date: Friday, January 28th, 2005, 10:10
Category: Hardware

Mac miniEngadget has posted an excellent article HOW-TO: Turn your Mac mini into a media center where they dissect every aspect of the task from storage, audio, video, video in, recording and playback of HDTV, remote control, installing and connecting with VNC:

Yep, everyone?s talking about using the Mac mini as a home media center, and there?s a reason why: its diminutive form factor makes it a good candidate to fit unobtrusively into an existing audio/video or home theater setup. It looks more like a consumer electronics device than a computer, so it won?t look out of place in your living room. We think of it as the central brain of our system; the glue that holds all the devices together. It can serve the role of scheduler, controller, audio/video recorder, audio/video playback, audio/video download, and it even makes a decent audio/video production unit, as well. You might not win the next Sundance with your iMovie, but you sure can impress everyone at the next family reunion.

The Mac Media Center Project plans to develop a free Media Center application for the Mac, “bringing together the power and intuitiveness of the Macs’ built in applications under a simple interface, for use as part of a Home Theatre system.”
Who’s going to be the first to market with a Bluetooth keyboard with a built-in trackpad or trackball? MacAlly? Kensington? MacMice? This is a killer peripheral that’s needed to complete many Media Centers.

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Dear Apple: Enough With the Pulsing Lights!

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Date: Friday, January 28th, 2005, 10:02
Category: Hardware

Since we know that the Apple brass likes to read the PowerPage I’d like to pass along a tip that the company has ignored on their support forums and feedback pages for years: enough with the pulsing sleep lights already!
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Extreme Runtime

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Date: Monday, January 24th, 2005, 23:22
Category: Hardware, PowerBook G4 Titanium

Putting the most powerful battery available into the slowest TiBook yields impressive results. Read on……….

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Taking Apart the Mac mini

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Date: Monday, January 24th, 2005, 02:01
Category: Hardware

You'll Need a Putty Knife to open the Mac miniSmashWorld has posted an instructional video and the service manual for taking apart the Mac mini, if you’re into that sort of thing. Dont worry, you won’t have to dig out the case-cracking tool from your Mac SE days either, the Mini is opened with a putty knife. Oh yeah, opening your mini will void your warranty if you break anything. You have been warned.

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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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