802.11g: From Five Times Faster to (Maybe) Two

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Date: Sunday, May 25th, 2003, 03:28
Category: Hardware

This article from Mac Megasite (Final 802.11g spec reduces data rate) has really got me down. Airport extreme was one of the reasons I purchased the PowerBook instead of the iBook.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) has approved a new and final draft standard for 802.11g wireless LANs that will have a true throughput for Internet-type connections of between 10M and 20Mbit/sec., far lower than 54Mbit/sec. raw data rate initially billed for the standard.

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More on 17-Inch PowerBook Hiss

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Date: Saturday, May 24th, 2003, 14:52
Category: Hardware, PowerBook 17-Inch

Confirmation (with recording) of the 17-inch PowerBook hiss.

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PowerBook Price Drop on Last Titaniums

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Date: Friday, May 23rd, 2003, 12:21
Category: Hardware, PowerBook 15-Inch

A deal on CompUSA’s Web site would indicate that the new PowerBooks can’t be too far off. The PowerBook G4 667MHz (256MB/30GB/Combo) which was originally US$2499 is down to US$1499 today. Updated: CompUSA is sold out of this PowerBook.

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PowerBook 12-Inch Podiatry Issues

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Date: Tuesday, May 20th, 2003, 19:05
Category: Hardware, PowerBook 12-Inch

I contacted Apple Care yesterday to have them send me two new rubber feet for my 12-inch PowerBook. Rubber feet are covered by warranty but you must send it to Apple and they will replace the entire botton of the unit. The charge is US$700 to replace two 10 cent rubber feet.
Sound familiar? Unfortunately Apple tried to address the previous PB podiatry issue by switching to “pass-through” feet (rather than adhesive mounts) but if they break off, they have to installed through the aluminum case. I thought that this issue would surface first in the PB12 because it has been shipping longer than the PB17 and because it runs much hotter – as hot as 120 degrees Fahrenheit -Ed.

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Washington Post reviews laptops

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Date: Tuesday, May 20th, 2003, 16:23
Category: Hardware, iPod

The Technology section of the Washington Post has an interesting article today reviewing the latest notebook computers from Dell, Apple and other companies. The article concludes about the PowerBook…

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Sony Ericsson T610 Shipping in Sweden (Updated)

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Date: Tuesday, May 20th, 2003, 14:53
Category: Hardware, Mobile Phone

The SE T610 became available in Sweden the past week. Unfortunately the first batch seems to be plagued with the same problem the first T68i’s had – awful sound. Read more…

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17-Inch PowerBook Podiatry Issues

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Date: Monday, May 19th, 2003, 10:11
Category: Hardware, PowerBook 17-Inch

Two of the rubber feet came off of my 17-Inch PowerBook. I called my local Apple Store and they did not have replacement feet for the 17-Inch. The sales rep suggested I call Apple Care. I called Apple Care and they said the feet are not covered by Apple Care and I would have too send in my PowerBook to get them replaced at a cost of $650.00. Has anyone else had the rubber feet come off their 17-Inch PowerBook? Hmmm, this sounds familiar. Luckily, mine haven’t come off yet. -Ed

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iPods Backordered Everywhere

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Date: Monday, May 12th, 2003, 20:11
Category: Hardware, iPod

I ordered a 30 GB iPod from MacMall on Thursday 01 May 2003. I don’t recall reading anything on any Mac news site about them not being immediately available. It’s now 12 days later and still no iPod, and a quick search on the Web shows that no one has them. When can we expect the backorders to be filled?

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PowerBook with Camera

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Date: Sunday, May 11th, 2003, 20:25
Category: Hardware

A PowerBook with camera will come!

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Bugs in Apple's iTunes Music Store

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Date: Thursday, May 8th, 2003, 01:55
Category: Hardware, iPod

There seems to be two BUGS with the iTunes Music Store. One with the use of the shopping cart and overcharging for sales tax. If you have set your preferences in iTunes to “Buy Using Shopping Cart” Beware. Also be sure to check your charges of your purchases for the correct amount of applicable sales tax. This seems to be two bugs that I have now run into.

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