MacBook Inferno

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Date: Monday, March 12th, 2007, 09:06
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3am last night. I woke up to my girlfriend screaming (yelling “Matty!”) and the dog barking. She fell asleep on the couch in the back lounge of our house. I jumped out of bed and raced out thinking that maybe somebody had come through the back door or something.

As I was running I saw a fire. At first I thought that the lamp had fallen and set fire to the curtain. As I got closer I realised it was my mac book …. burning! I picked it up and blew on it and swung it around to put the flames out. The book shelf it was sitting on was burnt and there were a couple of magazines that were on fire too. I quickly put those out and calmed down.

First point to make – check regularly that your smoke alarm works – ours didn’t go off.Second point (and this is the scary one) – we were damn lucky not to have a house burnt to the ground. I have been out for most of the weekend and this night was the only night I had it charging.

Three more pictures after the jump…

macbook inferno – MacTalk Forums

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Om Malik: The death of Moore’s Law has been greatly exaggerated

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Date: Thursday, March 8th, 2007, 23:22
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Apple’s unveiling of the iPhone at this year’s Macworld trade show quietly signaled the end of Moore’s Law as we know it. At the same time, it ushered in a new era of technical innovation, driven by a new understanding of Moore’s Law.

Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, noted in 1965 that the power of a chip doubles every 24 months, and the concept has been an industry obsession ever since, especially among PC makers. This fascination with faster processors was understandable. The units sold, often in dowdy beige boxes, at the rate of tens of millions every year and, in their slipstream, lifted everyone from commodity memory-chip and disc-drive makers to companies peddling operating systems.

But at the turn of the 21st century, PC penetration hit a silicon ceiling. The machismo of building powerful chips got a reality check, and it wasn’t pretty: Engineers began to run into a limit to how much they could cram into the processors without overheating and running down laptop batteries.

Business 2.0 — In a Web 2.0 world, Moore’s Law thrives – March 1, 2007

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Jobs Meets Privately to Discuss Apple’s Environment Record

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Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2007, 11:09
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Greenpeace claims that Apple CEO Steve Jobs had a meeting this week “to discuss Apple’s environment record.” Keep in mind that GP has an axe to grind with Apple over their environmental policies, claiming that “Apple’s products contain toxic chemicals and they don’t have a global
recycling policy.”

While other competitors like Dell and HP have started to clean up their act, Apple has not been showing much love for the Earth.

However today’s hot news on the green gossip grapevine is that Steve Jobs met this week with a Social Responsibility Fund Investor to discuss Apple’s environment record. Like all good gossip, exact details remain secret. But the very fact that our main man Steve had a ‘green’ meeting shows that your messages for a greener Apple are getting through.

Green my Apple gossip | Greenpeace International

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Non-Pro 15-inch MacBooks on tap for May?

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Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2007, 11:30
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Taiwan-based DigiTimes is back this morning with more 15.4-inch MacBook rumors. According to “industry sources in Taiwan,” Apple is prepping for a Q2 release of the bigger, badder cousin to their 13.3-inch MacBook — aligning nicely with the “May 2007″ date we heard back in October.

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Apple Store – The Laptop Battery Recycling Gap

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Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2007, 09:23
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It should be simple. When your laptop battery dies, you go to the Apple Store for a new one, and leave old one behind for recycling. Mac users like simple, elegant solutions. That’s why we use the Mac.
But it doesn’t work that way. I recently went to the Apple Store in Toronto, and was told with a shrug that no in-store recycling was available. When I asked “why not?”, I was told “we just don’t do it.”
This is something that Apple should be fixing. The environment is a critical issue right now. Laptop batteries are full of toxins and become hazardous waste if improperly disposed. One would think that it would be a simple matter to expand their in-store iPod recycling project to include laptop batteries. Or adopt a “No Battery Left Behind” policy like Newer has done. Or even just sign-on to a national program like the RBRC, which provides businesses
with collection boxes and return forms. It’s a no brainer.
Al Gore, are you listening?
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iChat … video fails often

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Date: Wednesday, February 14th, 2007, 12:58
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Ever since 10.4.7 or the recent iChat 3.0 update, video requests fail 80% or more, with the “Send / Don’t Send” bug reports to Apple. I have plenty of bandwidth, 8 Mbps down, 1 Mbps up on static ISP cable (Roadrunner So Cal).
I reboot my AirPort base stations, Sonicwall, everything and it only works once in a while.
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Why not enjoy some Apple TV?

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Date: Monday, February 12th, 2007, 23:36
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Apple’s coming iPhone has been grabbing all the attention, but at least one analyst thinks Apple TV could be a scene stealer for the Cupertino company, at least in the current fiscal second quarter.

According to a Bloomberg News report, Citigroup Investment Research analyst Richard Gardner believes Apple TV could bring in $500 million in revenue this year and as much as $1 billion next year. “Apple TV is obviously very important because it brings iTunes content into the living room,” he wrote in a note to clients, according to Bloomberg.

MercuryNews.com | Investors on hold for the iPhone: Why not enjoy some Apple TV?

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Yellow Breaks its Silence with Apple

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Date: Monday, February 12th, 2007, 10:39
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Oh Apple. Why dost thou hate me so? I am the very cheery color of the sun and a myriad of flowers around the globe. I am in almost every fast food logo, and I am many people’s favorite color. I could go on and on, but I am a color that should need no introduction. I am in fact a primary color. If you think about it, there are only two colors that are equal to me.

I can try to understand why you have picked blue for your product colors more often than any other (nine in my very rough estimate), but can’t you let me shine every once in a while? Why did you not use me when the rest of the rainbow was represented in your original iMac line? Not since you stripped the color from your original logo have I been able to show my stuff.

Be A Design Group: Graphic Design as a Group Experience

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Chooseco Offers Choose Your Own Adventure Game for iPod

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2007, 10:00
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You just can’t keep a good thing from the 80′s and 90′s down.
Chooseco LLC, the company behind the Choose Your Own Adventure book series has released the first of its books (“The Abominable Snowman”) as a free download for the iPod according to a story on The Unofficial Apple Weblog. The text, which remains the same as the original format, is complimented by new sound effects and links.
The book, once downloaded, is stored in your iPod’s “Notes” folder and is available for both Mac and Windows-configured iPods.
To date, none of the other Choose Your Own Adventure books have been made into iPod games and a timeline for conversion has not been made available into iPod eBooks. Box sets of six books are available for US$27.

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iPhone Ringtone for any phone

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Date: Thursday, January 18th, 2007, 22:39
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If you liked the Apple iPhone ringtone that Steve demo’d at MWSF07, you may want to grab this little diddy before he releases the hounds.

One might remember that Steve Jobs took a call on the iPhone during the Keynote. Well there was a unique ringtone there. A ringtone of heavenly qualities in tone, rhythm, and key that Steve Jobs likely had composed by the eternally restless soul of Beethoven which he summoned with the ritual sacrifice of a Macbook (Beet is a Mac User, even as the Undead). We have it here for you.

iPhone Ringtone Sounds Like Holy Angels Tinkling: Download it Here – Gizmodo

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