Bumptunes Controls iTunes with PB Motion Sensor

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Date: Monday, March 7th, 2005, 08:42
Category: Software

Bumptunes is script that allows you to control iTunes with the 2005 PowerBook G4′s motion sensor. Here’s more from Interconnected.org:

After a few more minutes, we had the tilt sensor controlling Timo’s music. You rock the machine backwards for the next track, and rock it forwards for the previous track. Then we realised that you rarely need “previous”–you just listen to music, and when a track comes on your don’t want to hear, you jog your laptop and it bumps on to the next song (and you don’t need to be in iTunes). Wicked. Tasty microembodiment.
Here’s the script: bumptunes.py. Download amstracker, put both files in the same directory, go to that directory in the Terminal and type:
./amstracker -u 0.1 -s | python bumptunes.py
That amstracker tool is absolutely fantastic, I can think of a thousand things I want to do with it: Bumps that are application-specific, that take into account context, length of bump, slower tilts. You could extract some very nuanced input, and do some very detailed things with the computer. Drawing, rapid-fire email filing (tilt right to delete, left to keep, like you’re driving through time through your mail inbox).

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Bubblegym First Game for the PowerBook Motion Sensor

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Date: Monday, March 7th, 2005, 08:51
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Bubblegym is a tilt-controlled computer game for the 2005 Apple PowerBook G4.

As far as I know the very first computer game that reacts to how the machine is tilted. The 2005 Powerbooks have a chip on the logic board that is there to signal if the computer is dropped. Thanks to Amit Singh (kernelthread.com) this chip’s values can be read and utilized for your amuzement. The gameplay is simple but challenging, control the balls by leaning the computer and get to the clouds before they disappear. The program is donationshareware. Donate what you think it is worth and you get the full version.

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Stream Anything to Your AirPort Express With Airfoil (Updated)

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Date: Monday, February 28th, 2005, 09:34
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Princeton, NJ – Rogue Amoeba Software is pleased to finally unveil Airfoil (originally announced as Slipstream), the first and best way to send audio from any application directly to the AirPort Express. Everyone who owns one of Apple’s popular AirPort Express devices will be thrilled to be able to send audio from applications like RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, QuickTime, and Safari right to their remote speakers. In just seconds, Airfoil can send audio from almost any application on OS X directly to the AirPort Express.
Back in December we mentioned Rogue Amoeba’s Slipstream application that allows you to stream audio from any application to the Apple AirPort Express. We received word that the new application will ship (under a new name) as early as tomorrow, Tuesday 01 March. Stay tuned…

With Slipstream, audio from any application can be sent to the AirPort Express – users longing to send audio from applications like RealPlayer and Windows Media Player need look no further than Slipstream.

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Tip: PowerBook Brightness Flickering Fix

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Date: Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005, 00:06
Category: Software

Radio Baily has posted a fix for the PowerBook/10.3.8 screen brightness bug:

One of the nicest features of the 15″ Aluminum PowerBooks (and some of its siblings) is their ambient light sensors. Situated under each speaker grille, these allow the ‘Book to tell how bright its environment is and adjust the screen brightness (and backlit keyboard if you have one) to suit.
It’s a thing o’ beauty to put the machine to sleep in a full light office, wake it up in a low light environment at home and have the screen dim to a comfortable level and fade up the keyboard lighting. That was until 10.3.8 when things went slightly batty. The PowerBook developed a nervous tic. You could almost sneeze and it would drop the brightness down a bit then back up again, resulting in a maddening flicker effect.
Until Apple fixes it here’s how I fixed it on mine.

Beware though, it’s not for the weak of heart.

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Bluetooth 2.0+EDR Triples Throughput, Halves Power Consumption

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Date: Monday, February 21st, 2005, 22:15
Category: Software

Bluetooth logoWhen Apple announced the 2005 speedbumps to their venerable PowerBook G4 lineup they became the first manufacturer to release a notebook computer equipped with Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) which increases the data rate to 3Mbit/sec., from 1Mbit/sec. in Bluetooth (v.1.2). Read more…

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Two-Finger Scrolling for Older PowerBooks

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Date: Monday, February 21st, 2005, 08:33
Category: Software

iScroll2 is a hack to activate two-finger scrolling on supported pre-2005 PowerBooks and iBooks (i.e. those with a “W-Enhanced” trackpad, including most AlBooks and recent iBooks) on OS X 10.3.
It is based on Apple’s AppleADBMouse-209.0.10 driver from 10.3.7 that is available as part of the publicly released Darwin source code. As such, the driver is covered by the APSL.

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Accessing AirPort Base Stations Using Windows Service Pack 1

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Date: Friday, February 18th, 2005, 15:56
Category: Software

Every time my friends would come over to my place with their sub-sufficient, work-provided, lame Windows laptops, they were unable to jump onto my Apple AirPort (snow) base station.

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Panic Releases Transmit 3

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Date: Thursday, February 17th, 2005, 10:29
Category: Software

Panic has just released Transmit 3 with many new features:
*Column View
*TAB
*iDisk/Web Dav Support
*Sidebar (with per-favorite folder)
*Totally redesigned Favorites
*Search
*Preview Drawer with Zooming
*FTP with TSL/SSL Support
*Server to Server Transfer
*Spring-Loaded Folders
Transmit 3 is the PowerPage’s preferred FTP client and costs US$29.99, upgrades are available for US$17.95.

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Google Maps Tells Competitors to "Get Lost" (Updated)

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Date: Sunday, February 13th, 2005, 23:06
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Online map Web sites are arguably one of the most useful benefits of the Internet (right up there with email and online banking) and everyone has their favorite site. I’ve done a tour with them all: Mapquest, MapBlast, MapsOnUs and Yahoo Maps which I eventually settled on because it does a great job of saving addresses in My Yahoo! has nice anti-aliased graphics. The recently added real-time traffic information is pretty sweet too.
It looks like I may be moving to a new mapping service soon. Read more…

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Trackpad Scrolling on a Pre-2005 PowerBook

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Date: Friday, February 11th, 2005, 08:48
Category: Software

SoupNazi.org writes about a workaround for trackpad scrolling on pre-2005 PowerBooks:

When Apple released the new Powerbooks recently, the feature that caught my attention the most was the scrolling trackpad. But, since I just got my Powerbook this past November, there’s no way I’d buy a new one just for the trackpad.
Earlier this evening, I came across this post on Accelerate Your Macintosh!. It points to a customized mouse driver that enables trackpad scrolling on pre-2005 Powerbooks that support it. The driver works with Mac OS X Panther (it’s been tested with 10.3.7 and 10.3.8), and it also works with iBooks that support trackpad scrolling.

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