Aluminum PowerBook 15-inch Battery Update

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2006, 00:44
Category: Software

Apple Software UpdateWaiting in your software update is the “Aluminum PowerBook 15-inch Battery Update.” Which according to Apple’s hyper-vague description “aids the 15-inch Aluminum PowerBook battery in performing at full capacity.” The software is 820kb and I’d recommend waiting at least 72 hours for the dust to settle before installing ANY software update from Apple. I mean, you didn’t need it yesterday, did you?
And what’s with the descriptions? C’mon Apple, these lame, super-secret we’re-not-going-to-tell-you-what-it-fixes software updates are starting to piss me right off. Tell me what it fixes already! Is this update going to permanently disable the other RAM slot in my PowerBook?
Are the lawyers at Apple really such tight asses? Maybe if Apple stopped suing their fans (*cough* RIAA *cough*) their fans would stop bringing class-action suits against them.

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Major Update to Daylite in the Wings

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Date: Thursday, January 5th, 2006, 09:30
Category: Software

Daylite 3.0The PowerPage has confirmed that Marketcircle is prepping a major update to their Daylite business relationship management application for release on or around Macworld Expo next week. I’ve been using Daylite exclusively for one year and recommend it to anyone that needs to track people, projects, tasks and opportunities.
The new Daylite version looks to be a complete overhaul with several new features:
- Shared calendars
- Delegation
- Revised UI
- Built-in report writer
Click through for three exclusive screen shots.
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PowerPick: ProSoft Data Rescue II

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Date: Wednesday, January 4th, 2006, 09:30
Category: Software

Prosoft Data Rescue III’ve done data recovery for years, mostly to help out friends when their PowerBook hard drives die and they don’t have a good backup. This weekend I got a frantic call from a friend whose digital camera’s memory card had given up the ghost.
They’d just had their first child on December 26 and a memory card containing pictures of the baby in his first moments on earth was giving a “card not found” error after being inserted in a couple of different PC card readers. Imagine the horror.
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Firefox, not Worth the Trouble?

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Date: Wednesday, January 4th, 2006, 07:12
Category: Software

Firefox-logo-150.jpgI should start out by saying that I used to be one of the biggest advocates of Firefox ever. It’s fast and has tons of extensions, plug-ins and themes.
But the more I use Firefox on a daily basis, the more I’m reminded of its shortcomings.
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Missing from the Treo: RSS Client

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Date: Tuesday, December 27th, 2005, 01:00
Category: Software

quick_news_3.gifLast week I posted a story about one of the most surprising software omissions from my new Verizon Treo 650 – an Instant Messaging (IM) client. There’s another huge omission in the default Treo 650 software install – an RSS newsreader.
The Treo is tailor made for a good newsreader, it’s a perfect way to keep in touch with all the Web sites that you read each day and you can do it while you’re in line, traveling or otherwise away from a computer. Like anything for the Palm OS there are literally dozens of RSS clients for the Palm OS available.
I’ve chosen QuickNews (US$14.95) for my Treo because it’s an excellent RSS newsreader that works well. QuickNews allows you to set up your feeds individually or import them from an OPML file, which was easy to export from my desktop RSS client NetNewsWire.
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An Open Letter to Steve Jobs on Aperture

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Date: Wednesday, December 21st, 2005, 07:56
Category: Software

aperture-box-200.jpgSteve,
I am a Mac/Apple evangelist. A certified, grade A Mac zealot – and a photographer. Your marketing materials for Aperture had me so excited for yet another groundbreaking product from the greatest minds in the computer industry.
So far I have been reasonably satisfied with the output from Adobe Creative Suite 2, Bridge and the Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) format.
I really tried my best to make Aperture sing but the quirks, pauses, US$400 to upgrade my video card, and twice-a-day crashes drove me nuts. However, the output is where the rubber meets the road. Only one word can describe the output from Aperture: Atrocious.
You be the judge…
Read More for John’s images that back up his claim…

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Ask PowerPage: Hi-Res Audio App for OS X

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Date: Monday, December 19th, 2005, 21:33
Category: Software

PowerPage reader Darren submits this “Ask PowerPage” question:

I’m a long time reader of the PowerPage and had a question I figured you (or your other readers) might be able to answer.
In the past year or so I’ve seen a decent amount of hi-res audio (24bit, multi-channel) sources pop up on bt.etree.org (a community for sharing the live concert recordings of trade friendly artists). Do you know of an application for OS X that can make use of these sources to burn DVD-As? Thanks for the help & keep up the great work.

If you have any insight, please post it in the comments below.

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RIP Mac Internet Explorer

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Date: Monday, December 19th, 2005, 00:00
Category: Software

Unfortunately, Snoop and Jamie Fox won’t be on hand to help IE-for-the-Mac find clemency. Microsoft gave us fair warning back in June 2003 saying that Internet Explorer for the Mac would “undergo no further development, and support would cease in 2005”. So, on December 31st, 2005 Microsoft is pulling the plug on IE, or administering the fluid, or whatever metaphor you wish to use.
You will still be able to download Internet Explorer from the Mactopia site, but only until the end of January. On a positive note for Mr. Jobs, Microsoft is encouraging users to migrate over to Apple’s Safari.

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CoconutBattery 2.0 Available

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Date: Tuesday, December 13th, 2005, 08:17
Category: Software

coconutdec.pngOne of my favorite PowerBook applications is Christoph Sinai’s excellent CoconutBattery. Version 2.0 is a major update that adds a dashboard widget, preferences menu for custom values and it’s FREE.

coconutBattery is a tool that reads out the data of your notebook-battery (iBook/Powerbook). It gives you live feedback, what’s going on in your battery (not only a snapshot like other tools).
It shows the current charge of your battery as well as the current maximum capacity related to its original. If coconutBattery detects that you have connected the wrong charger (i.e. an ibook-charger plugged in a powerbook) it will warn you! That’s a cool feature!
Of course you are able to save the current maximum capacity of your battery – with just one click! coconutBattery uses Apple’s new and really powerful technology named “CoreData” to realize that.
Finally coconutBattery calculates the age of your Mac exactly! So you can derive the age of your battery. And last but not least: coconutBattery is Universal Binary (you can run it on Intel-Macs! – cool!) and it is complete localizable!

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Makin' Copies

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Date: Friday, December 9th, 2005, 07:20
Category: Software

Here are four Macintosh backup solutions ranging in price from US$5 to US$100.
Carbon Copy Cloner is a tried an true solution for creating a clone of your hard drive. No frills, it gets the job done and for just $5.
If you need a truly elegant way to make a bootable backup, try SuperDuper!. This program has an easy intuitive interface and super simple scheduling. It excels at copying your boot volume and it only costs US$27.95. Backing up folders requires some scripting and is not so simple.
SynchronizeX Pro does it all, bootable backups along with an infinite variety of data backups. At US$99.95, it is a serious comprehensive backup solution. If you don’t need bootable backups, then Chronosync does a tremendous job of backing up your data for just US$30.
My backup strategy has gotten quite robust, yet quick and easy. I have a 120GB as well as a 160GB dive in my trusty Quicksilver G4. The 160 is partitioned 120GB and 40GB. I typically boot up from the 120GB partion. Every week, my 120GB partition is backed up to the 120GB drive. Every day, just my user data is backed up to the same drive. I have a clean OS install on the 40GB partition, so I have three bootable volumes. I also back up my user data to a TiBook over my wireless network on a regular basis, so I am able to keep working without missing a beat, even if my primary drive fails.
Contributed by Bob Snow.

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