Capacity Meter

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Date: Sunday, January 9th, 2005, 08:12
Category: PowerBook, Software

I recently ran into problems with one of the batteries in my 400MHz TiBook. The machine dropped into sleep mode without warning with about 40% remaining charge showing in the menu bar while running on its original 3600 mAh battery, so I downloaded Capacity Meter. This nifty utility reports not only the state of charge, but the working capacity of the battery.

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Complete Your Migration to Firefox

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Date: Friday, January 7th, 2005, 17:43
Category: Any Laptop Computer, Software

FirefoxLooking for a way to complete the migration from Safari? Look no further than Safari Bookmarks Exporter. If you find yourself using Firefox 1.0 and mumbling about bugs or other weirdness, try updating your version. Reinhold Penner’s excellent FireFix automatically updates Firefox to the latest nightly version. No user intervention is required, everything is fully automated.

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Mobile DJ: MegaSeg 3 Arrives

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Date: Wednesday, November 24th, 2004, 10:22
Category: Software

Looking for an easy-to-use mobile DJ software solution that will play songs you’ve purchased from iTunes? MegaSeg 3 was announced a month ago, but it’s shipping now. The biggest new feature is a redesigned dual-deck interface which makes this already-friendly interface even easier to approach: it looks just like a dual-CD DJ rig. There’s insane playlist-management features including HTML logging and printing, plus new direct playlist opening/saving from iTunes.
Check out our report at createdigitalmusic and stay tuned for a review.
What are your interests for mobile DJing? Hard-core vinyl-style scratching? Occasional playlist playing to upgrade iTunes? Let us know by hitting comments; PowerPage and createdigitalmusic are planning ongoing mobile DJ features and would love to know what you want to read!

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Firefox 1.0 FINAL Arrives

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Date: Tuesday, November 9th, 2004, 11:09
Category: Software

The final 1.0 release of Firefox, Mozilla’s powerful cross-platform browser, is here — and, at least at press time, the mozilla.org server is gasping under the strain of hungry downloaders. You know what this means: it’s Browser Wars time again. This author was surprised to see Safari the overwhelming unanimous browser of choice at the O’Reilly OS X Conference, even despite mature versions of OmniWeb, Firefox, and Camino. I’ve been storing bookmarks online via spurl and switching back and forth and I certainly can’t decide. What’s your browser of choice? Sound off. Maybe by the time your comment is done the Mozilla server will be back in action.

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MapMemo New Freeware That Links Your Files to Maps

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Date: Thursday, September 30th, 2004, 15:28
Category: Software

Just drag your files on whatever graphic (a map, a photo, a scan, a screenshot, any graphic…) and create a visual, a location-based relation. MapMemo uses only aliases of your files, so called “Memos,” and all files will still open in their original applications. Read on for more info and a link…

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Linux on POWER Developer Contest challenges you

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Date: Thursday, September 23rd, 2004, 17:13
Category: Software

The Linux on POWER Open Source Developer Contest aims at showcasing innovative new open source applications designed specifically for Linux running on the PPC architecture. Read More.

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NetNewsWire 2 and MarsEdit Public Betas

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Date: Thursday, September 23rd, 2004, 13:43
Category: Software

Ranchero Software’s Brent Simmons has announced the public betas of NetNewsWire and MarsEdit on his blog.

NetNewsWire?s new features including searching, flagged items, persistence, per-feed refresh settings, new icons by Bryan Bell and Jon Hicks, embedded browser, smart lists, search engine subscriptions, script subscriptions?and more. The weblog editor was removed completely.
MarsEdit was more of a from-scratch application. We kept (but revised) some of the under-the-hood plumbing that was in NetNewsWire?s weblog editor, but then we completely re-designed the user interface to make it work more like email. There?s a main window that lists your weblog and recent posts, and you create and edit posts in separate windows?just like using an email program.

If you download the NetNewsWire 2.0 public beta you can subscribe to the PowerPage RSS feed by clicking on the Sites drawer (upper right) and we’re listed under Macintosh and Technology. Props to Jimi Robinson, chief pixel pusher, for the new PowerPage favicon!

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Traktor DJ Studio 2.6: Final Scratch, Live Audio (PC/Mac)

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Date: Monday, September 13th, 2004, 13:21
Category: Any Laptop Computer, Software

Traktor DJ Studio has gotten a 2.6 update, but that .1 upgrade is understatement: Native has packed a lot of new features into this free upgrade of the leading DJ software:

  • Final Scratch 2 compatibility: Previous Traktor versions featured integration with Stanton’s Final Scratch hardware so you can control live decks; this version adds support for the brand-new Final Scratch 2. (If you haven’t seen Final Scratch, this is the hottest DJ hardware out there: control your software DJ interface with real hardware.)
  • Recording and live audio: Stream live audio, record on the fly or add an audio channel for voiceovers and the like, and record mixes
  • AAC/WMA support: Good news – Apple AAC (iTunes) support and Microsoft WMA (Windows Media Player) format is new. Bad news – no support for digital rights management, so you can’t use music you purchased from iTunes. Bugger.
  • And there’s more: enhanced filter bank, browser favorites, playlist history, and more. Maybe not a 3.0 upgrade, but nearly as big as the significant 2.5 update, and entirely free. Hit comments and let us know if Traktor’s part of your DJ rig. And if you’re in London, check out Native’s major presence at the PLASA show – be sure to send us a report to make us very jealous indeed.

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    Safari Doesn't Auto-Complete www.ebay.com

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    Date: Thursday, September 4th, 2003, 20:29
    Category: Software

    I think there is a bug in Safari when typing in www.ebay.com
    Really. It is not a joke, I tried it on two machines. Try it out for yourself.
    Usually Safari will auto-complete (finish typing) an address for you if you have been there before or if is in a bookmark. Except www.ebay.com
    I know the originator of eBay was an Apple employee at one time. (Correct: eBay chairman Pierre Omidyar was a developer for Claris, a subsidiary of Apple.)
    Its just odd that Safari won’t work with that particular address.

    What’s weird:
    It will auto-complete ebay.com (without the “www.”)
    It will also auto-complete *any* other “www.” domain name…
    Does anyone have a sound explanation for this? Register and comment below.

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    Synergy: The Missing Piece Of iTunes

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    Date: Thursday, August 28th, 2003, 13:21
    Category: Software

    SynergyAs each application that is developed for the Macintosh grows in popularity, so do the number of add-ons, and extensions that supposedly enhance the program in some way, shape or form. Apple?s iTunes, music playing software allows for the playing and encoding of audio in a variety of different formats ? mainly mp3. But third-party developers never seem to be content with the program as is, and have added many additions to iTunes, including alternative visualizers, playlist plug-ins or controllers. Many of these additions seem to be flunks, except for Synergy, which should be awarded the first place trophy of iTunes extras.

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