The Great Debate: Windows Mobile vs. Palm OS

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Date: Thursday, July 21st, 2005, 22:04
Category: Software

Windows Mobile LogoPlenty of you chimed in on the great Pocket OS debate when I published a story about the Palm Treo 670 running Windows Mobile. The Treo’s move to WinMo would be significant defection from the namesake Palm OS that is installed on previous Treo 600 and 650s.
On Windows Mobile versus Palm, some of you came down squarely on the side of WinMo while others were loathe to have any Microsoft OS on their person. Click through some of your responses…

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Feeder Helps Create and Publish RSS Feeds

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Date: Thursday, July 21st, 2005, 11:04
Category: Software

Are you furiously working on your Podcast so that you can get it on the air (like the PowerPage is?) Frustrated debugging errors in your RSS 2.0 feed? Well, suffer no more, Feeder is here…
Reinvented Software’s Feeder (US$29.95) is an application for creating, editing and publishing RSS feeds. With Feeder you don’t need to understand RSS to create feeds and publish them to the Web.
In case you’re not in the loop, RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a technology for distributing news on the Web. Many news sites, organizations and weblogs publish RSS feeds to keep people informed of the latest news, product updates and more. The PowerPage’s RSS 2.0 feed is here:

http://www.powerpage.org/rss.xml

What’s cool about Feeder is that they plan to fully support the iTunes-specific extensions to RSS introduced with iTunes 4.9 allowing you to easily publish your feeds on the iTunes Music Store.

iTunes 4.9 was released on 28th June 2005 to include podcasts as part of iTunes and the iTunes Music Store. On the same day Apple released details of iTunes-specific extensions to RSS.
Feeder 1.1 does not support the creation of these attributes, but Feeder 1.2 will. Feeder 1.2 will be released as soon as this new functionality is ready and will be a free upgrade for registered Feeder users – expect to see this in August 2005.

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iPod Subway Maps Ease Navigating the Tubes

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Date: Wednesday, July 20th, 2005, 22:09
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iPod Map for New YorkEver fumble through your rucksack looking for a subway map? If you carry an iPod you may be able to stop the madness forever with iPod Subway maps:

I came up with the idea of sticking subway maps onto my iPod Photo. By chopping up sections of the New York City MTA subway map into 220×176 pixel sections, I was able to carry a complete New York City subway map in my pocket at all times!
So yesterday, after coming up with the idea, I went straight ahead and nabbed this awesome domain name, and started building the site.
Hopefully these will be just as helpful for you as they are to me. Soon I?ll be adding in an infrastructure which will allow this site to be more community-based ? where you will be able to upload, download and rate user-submitted maps. That?s my hope at least.

Maps are currently available for NYC, Boston, San Francisco, Washington DC, Chicago and Hong Kong. Coming are: London, Toronto, Montreal and maybe Ottawa.
Giddyup!

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Clean Up Your MP3 Collection With Song Fingerprinting

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Date: Tuesday, July 19th, 2005, 14:37
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Organize and clean up your MP3′s ID3 tags with with song fingerprinting for Mac OS X…

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Gizmo Project – Skype Killer Arrives for Mac

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Date: Tuesday, July 19th, 2005, 09:04
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O'Grady's PowerPick 2005The Gizmo Project is a Mac OS X Voice-over-IP application brought to you by the SIPphone team. Gizmo project is a better VoIP client than frontrunner Skype, which I wrote about in my February 2005 column for Macworld magazine Dialing for Less. Here are some reasons Gizmo Project is better than Skype. Read More…

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Azureus – BitTorrent Client of Choice

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Date: Tuesday, July 19th, 2005, 08:33
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O'Grady's PowerPick 2005Azureus is a Java BitTorrent client that works with Mac OS X and comes bundled with many invaluable features for both beginners and advanced users, including: Upload and download speed limiting, both globally and per torrent, advanced seeding rules and an embedded tracker. What makes Azareus even cooler are the third-party plugins that are available to auto-adjustment of your upload and download speeds according to your network charge, an RSS feed scanner and a Swing Web Interface that allows remote control of Azureus. Because it’s Java, the UI isn’t quite as fast as BitTorrent, but the additional control and features make Azareus an O’Grady’s PowerPick for 2005.

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Mozilla Releases Firefox 1.0.5

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Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2005, 10:52
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Mozilla Firefox 1.0.5Mozilla.org has released Firefox 1.0.5, the Official Browser™ of the PowerPage. According to the release notes the dot upgrade adds several security fixes and improves stability. (Duh!)
Now I just wish they’d fix the goofy bug where the download folder selection doesn’t stick and often reverts back to desktop. While we’re at it I wish they’d remember the bookmark sub-folder I select instead of reverting back to the Bookmarks folder.

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Of Macs And Tux

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Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2005, 10:42
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Aqua TuxManila Bulletin: Friends often ask me why I am using an Apple powerbook whilst still advocating Linux. The truth is, I advocate both. However, there are some things that may require a little explanation as to why I chose one over the other.

The beauty of Open Source is that anybody can modify the source code and redistribute it. A side-effect of this, however, is the tendency of forking, i.e. having several versions rising from a single root. Although Linux does not suffer from this since only one kernel version is released at a time, the number of distributions, however, are quite astounding. Check out distrowatch.com or linuxiso.org and you will see dozens and dozens of distributions available for download. The problem will be in choosing the best one for your use but evaluating all distributions will eat up a quarter of your life! [OK, I exaggerate] You can, of course, create your own but then again, that is on a different level that is higher than the ordinary user.
Contrast this to the Mac OS – it is not free but it is only distributed by one entity and provides support for the product.

Read more at Manila Bulletin.

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Google: A Peek Under the Skirt of my Favorite Search Engine

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Date: Monday, July 11th, 2005, 23:55
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Google Query Serving ArchitectureI recently caught up with a friend who works for Google. I was curious and asked him what servers and storage Google uses in their data center, the answer is interesting and against my expectation: they use thousands of commodity PCs and cheap, off-the-shelf hard drives and rely on Google’s in-house fault-tolerant software. Here’s some of the juice…

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Avoid High kernel_task Utilization on 2005 PowerBooks

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Date: Monday, July 11th, 2005, 12:05
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MacOSXHints.com: Like many 2005 PowerBook owners, I have been frustrated with the apparent bug in Apple’s new USB trackpad driver on these machines which forces idle kernel_task utilization upwards of 7% at all times, dramatically reducing battery life, lowering system performance, and preventing the machine from cooling down while relatively idle. Well, after several months living with this frustrating bug, I was further frustrated to see that there were still no widely-publicized solutions. I decided to stop waiting and try to address the bug myself by simply removing Apple’s trackpad driver from the equation.
Click through for the juice.

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