To Upgrade or not, That is the Question

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Date: Friday, May 19th, 2006, 11:00
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daystar_machspeed.gifRecently I had the opportunity to upgrade my PowerBook G4 1.5GHz to a 2.0GHz Freescale 7447A CPU. Daystar Technology based in Georgia offers a MAChSpeed upgrade service to PowerBook owners like me who are wanting that extra power to run Logic Pro and other CPU intensive applications like Final Cut Pro. I took the plunge in the name of technology and sent my PowerBook in a custom box provided free by Daystar to its customers.
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Latest ‘MacBook’ leak looks fake

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Date: Monday, May 15th, 2006, 09:00
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macbook-fake.jpgThis screen shot posted in the MacRumors forums is purported to be an Apple “slip up” of the upcoming MacBook (iBook replacement) that allegedly appeared on their Web site.
As one astute poster on the SpyMac forums noted the photos in the “slip up” are clearly copied from Apple’s iBook software page.

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Downside to Wireless Philadelphia?

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Date: Monday, May 8th, 2006, 08:00
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philly-wireless.jpgIt looks like wireless Philadelphia is on track for Q3 2007 but no one is looking at the potential downsides.
I am a long time Philadelphia resident, which means I am cynic by defintion. I also currently run my own in-home 802.11b/g wireless network (done so for 5+ years). Is this new “Wireless Philadelphia” project going to drown out or interfere with my current setup?
Information about the actual technology that is going to be deployed is hard to come by since “Wireless Philadelphia” is a private company. At last report, it was going to be 802.11b. A signal strong to cover an entire city block would surely cause some interference problems. And, if I can’t maintain my current network under those conditions, what is my recourse? Not the city for sure (eminent domain kills that approach). The FCC? Will Verizon or Comcast join the fray? Who knows?
I tried looking into the gift horse’s mouth to find out more. The server never responded. Is this just a sampling of the service that is to come?
Some would say “stop being a grouch and just use the new city-wide wireless network.” I’m fairly sure that I won’t be able to maintain a decent game of Quake 4 with the amount of traffic and bandwidth available on that network. Think of it like you would public transportation. Yeah, it works but would you ride it if you had a stretch limo and driver?
I’m just worried that the whole thing was fast-tracked to promote something positive for the City of Philadelphia. I don’t think all of the technical aspects have been explored. And, Earthlink wants it because this is just another way for them to perpare for their inevitable exit from the dialup arena.
I’ll continue to track this and provide more insight when I can.
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New Apple Television Ads

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Date: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006, 08:00
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apple-tv-ads.jpgApple has released a new set of TV ads. Featuring two guys, one representing a PC (and who just happens to bear a passing resemblance to Bill Gates), and the other a Mac (who looks a lot like Steve Jobs would probably like to!), they are short, humourous, and worth a look if you have a few moments to spare.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, the lady is a digital camera.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan.

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Nintendo Introduces Wii

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Date: Monday, May 1st, 2006, 00:00
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nintendo-wii.jpgIn the world of technology, there are two names that consistently impress me with their ability to mix innovation, humanity and fun. Apple is one, Nintendo is the other. Another characteristic they both share is influence far beyond that which their sales figures might suggest. Look at any list of ‘greatest computer games ever’ and Nintendo titles will be in the top ten.
For some time Nintendo have been talking about releasing a new console. Code-named ‘Revolution’, its main feature is a revolutionary new ‘joypad’, which will work in a similar way to a television’s remote control (for more info, click here).
Yesterday, Nintendo announced the launch name of its next games console with this typically quirky (and frustratingly brief) press release.
Introducing… Wii
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MicroMat’s TechTool Protege, Why Stop There?

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Date: Friday, April 21st, 2006, 09:00
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micromat-protege.jpgMicromat have recently released a very nice little tool, the Techtool Protege:

This tiny FireWire-based device contains 1 gigabyte of memory and comes complete with the latest version of Mac OS X, the latest version of TechTool Pro and our latest drive utility DiskStudio. And there’s still room left over for your other utilities as well.

Now, this got me thinking… why doesn’t every computer come with one of these? How difficult would it be for manufacturers to put a basic startup system, along with analysis tools on each machine, so that if a problem is detected during startup, the machine switches to the flash-based basic system, runs a set of repair routines, and then either restarts from the repaired drive, or alerts the user that more work is needed?

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Extreme PowerBook: Umm, Yeah.

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Date: Saturday, April 8th, 2006, 15:28
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extreme-powerbook.jpgSo they don’t say much about how it happened, but this has got to be one of the most extreme PowerBook manglings that I’ve seen (except for maybe that motorcycle one). The only detail is “It boots……Airport works….”. Looks like it got run over by a Hummer, and I don’t mean one of the little ones, either.

Scott Stevenson, of Theocacao, shares this picture of Matt Johnston’s Powerbook. It has obviously been through a lot, but it still boots and Airport works as well.

Mangled Powerbook still works – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

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Getting Things Done

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Date: Friday, April 7th, 2006, 10:00
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Getting Things Done is a productivity methodology created by David Allen and our own Emory Lundberg has jumped in with both feet.

This paper is nothing more than a summary and use-case of implementing David Allen’s Getting Things Done™ (GTD) using both hifi and lofi weaponry with a primary focus on Mac OS X but the general desire to be as desktop platform agnostic as possible, except where not possible.
The author puts portability, mobility, and efficiency above all other considerations. The author is an information security researcher and engineer for a large organization with offices around the globe, as well as a consultant, and a freelance writer. Due to the very nature of the author’s responsibilities, a suitable workflow to implement GTD was difficult to accomplish.
As something of a (wince) subject-matter expert for mobile tech specifically relating to Mac OS X and wireless connectivity this paper is decidedly low-tech. Presently the online methods for implementing GTD are deemed by the author to be not mobile-friendly and the author places the utmost importance on accessibility and reliability.
For most of my friends at 43Folders this will read like an erotic novel. Hello, everyone!
This is my trusted system. I trust it. It works for me. It has helped me sleep better, work better, play better, and live a much better life. With all things related to productivity, it comes down to what works for you.

Read the rest of Emory’s story on his blog.

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Brett Jordan’s iPad

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Date: Tuesday, April 4th, 2006, 08:00
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As I lay on my couch on Saturday afternoon enjoying my iPod’s AOQAD smart playlist (Artists Of Quality And Distinction: all songs in my iTunes collection by Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Lloyd Cole, Beatles, U2, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann, Vigilantes of Love, Mike Scott, Jellyfish, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Ryan Adams) I wondered whether it would be worth investing in one of the devices that are now available that let me control the iPod remotely.
It occurred to me that this is all backwards. The iPod isn’t much bigger than most remote units, its hard drive is bigger than many laptop computers, and its battery life is substantial. Why doesn’t Apple install WiFi, Bluetooth, RF and infrared transponders in an iPod, so it can be used as a universal remote AND to wirelessly transmit the music/video stored on it to an Airport Express unit connected to existing AV equipment?

Read the rest of this entry on my blog.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan

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What’s on my N90?

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Date: Thursday, March 30th, 2006, 23:08
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nokia-n90.jpgI’ve been using a Nokia N90 S60 smartphone for almost a month now. I have the full unlocked 3G version from Europe, not the crippled cracked out one you can buy at Ritz Camera in exchange for a new contract with T-Mobile.
I routinely change things up, get new devices, but I always seem to come back to S60. I think this is largely because the devices are just so damned usable and functional, especially when compared to BlackBerry devices, the Treo, UIQ devices such as the Sony Ericsson P910 and the like.
Some of the built-in applications on the N90 are quite good. For example, the email client is fantastic. It supports IMAP, IMAP-IDLE, and email gets pushed to me as fast as my BlackBerry ever got it. I have no complaints there, really. The input device doesn’t even bother me that much because a lot of my email when I’m mobile is consumption anyway, and I rarely have to type out a huge edict or anything unless I’m at a desk. Even the built-in browser is quite good. I have also installed Opera and Opera Mini but honestly I use the built-in browser most of the time.
But like any smartphone user, I have managed to accumulate some favorite applications over the last month that I feel are very useful, so I’ll be outlining them in this post.
This post is a doozy. Get comfortable.

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