MacBook User Creates Homemade Dvorak Keyboard

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Date: Thursday, December 28th, 2006, 08:23
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The Unofficial Apple Weblog has a cool post showing how a user created a homemade Dvorak keyboard by manually prying off the keys and rearranging them to the new configuration.
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The article includes Flickr page as to how to do this, what tools are necessary and how to carefully pull the keys from the keyboard.
The final step: If you’re brave enough to do this, an entry over at mwbrooks.com shows you how to select a Dvorak keyboard input (go to Mac OS X’s preference panes, select “International” and from there choose a Dvorak keyboard input).
Definitely not for the faint of heart, but if you can pull it off and it helps you type faser than you would on a standard QWERTY keyboard, have at it.
If you have any comments or suggestions about this, let us know.

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Inside Apple’s iPhone

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Date: Monday, December 25th, 2006, 12:42
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Apple’s market position and recent performance suggest the company has the ability, capacity, and interest in shaking up the mobile phone industry, something that service providers, manufacturers, and consumers desperately need. Here’s why.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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iPod, iPhone, iTV: How Apple’s New Platform Works

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Date: Friday, December 22nd, 2006, 18:49
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Apple’s iPod is a runaway hit, but will any of that success translate into different product categories? There are significant reasons why Apple is poised to repeat the same iPod success in new arenas. It has little to do with music playback, and instead relates to the integrated network of services Apple has built to support the iPod. Read More…
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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SHOOTOUT:Photoshop CS2 vs CS3 on High-End Macs

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Date: Monday, December 18th, 2006, 23:10
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Benchmarking mad scientist rob-ART Morgan is at it again. This time he takes the new beta of Photoshop CS3 to the woodshed. He’s testing Photoshop CS3 on the MacBook Pro later in the week.

We wanted to know if the Universal Binary Photoshop CS3 Beta would “supercharge” the Mac Pro 3GHz (Quad). And we wanted to know if it provides any improvement to the Quad-Core G5 Power Mac 2.5GHz.

Bare Feats :: Photoshop CS3 beta versus CS2 on High End Macs

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Micromat, Publishing Your Mac’s Serial Number

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Date: Wednesday, December 13th, 2006, 01:00
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iconmagg5.gifEditor’s Note: This article was originally run without the long version after the jump due to a technical error. This is the entire article and the PowerPage regrets the error. – Ed.
Did you know that when you install TechToolPro 4 it is constantly running an anti-piracy service? Did you know that it was sending your serial number out to every other Mac on your network? I didn’t think so.
Micromat slipped some broad and sweeping anti-piracy measures into a TechToolPro update awhile back. TechToolProtection, the daemon that constantly runs on every Mac installed with TechToolPro, does much more than “protect” your Mac, as its name implies.
TechToolProtection starts a Bonjour service that is constantly broadcasting critical pieces of information about your Mac to other systems… information that anyone on a network subnet can read.
But, that’s the least of your worries. It also broadcasts your Mac’s serial number. This is something that even Microsoft refuses to do with their most stringent anti-piracy measures. Even Microsoft agrees that publishing your machine’s serial number can place it at-risk for security attacks, as well as accessing your personal information.
Gaining your Mac’s serial number can be used for pretexting with Apple, accessing insurance information about you, and places your identity at risk. Not to mention that should there be a recall on your Mac, anyone can claim parts for your Mac, and pocket the cash selling them.
There are known knows, and there are known unknowns about TTP’s anti-piracy measures. We don’t know what else is being broadcast, but Micromat has indicated to myself and others that it is not encrypted.
Finally, we do know that there is no need for this. Net Monitor uses the same Bonjour method of sniffing out piracy, and does not broadcast your Mac’s serial number. Also, it does not run 24/7, but only when the app itself is running, minimizing the chances of your serial number being pirated by someone else.
Want to see this in action? Download Bonjour Browser (don’t bother opening TechToolPro). If you see “_ttp4daemon.tcp.” running, congratulations, anyone can rip off info about you and your Mac.
Want to put a stop to this? Post in Micromat’s forum or send a note to them letting them know you care about your privacy. Or, don’t, and let someone more nefarious take care of you. A temporary workaround is barring TechToolProtection from starting up, or, close it after startup (and every startup) from Activity Monitor.
I approached Micromat with this issue in-depth, and their response was “you’re the only one complaining”. I tried to respond to them that this was simply because nobody knew about it yet… but that did not go too well. I also want to add that I own and use TechTool Pro on a weekly basis, and endorse its ability to repair and fix your sick Mac. I just wish Micromat would be as ardent about your privacy and system resources as they are about their feature set.
Contributed By: Christopher Price – PCS Intel

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Fujitsu to Release 300 GB Laptop Hard Drive in 2007

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Date: Tuesday, December 12th, 2006, 11:32
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According to an article on electronista and MacNN, storage component maker Fujitsu has announced today that it will be releasing a 2.5″ notebook hard drive with an unprecedented 300 gigabyte capacity.
The new MHX2300BT series of drive will use perpendicular magnetic recording (in which drive blocks are tilted at various angles to increase density and thus storage space). The drives will spin at 4,200 RPM, although the company claims the increased density will improve speed without increasing the 1.6 watts of power needed to power the units.


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Fujitsu has claimed that the new drives will ship in the first quarter of 2007 and that a less expensive 250 gigabyte model will also be offered. No set price for the 300 gigabyte model has been released to date.

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Extreme PowerBook: Three Story PowerBook Drop Test

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Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2006, 11:23
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This PowerBook was accidentally dropped from a three-story balcony and survived – partially. Although the screen was shattered, the data was easily recovered via Target Disk Mode. No word on how it was dropped from a three-story balcony though…

I work in desktop support. This morning, someone brought in a
powerbook that fell from a third story balcony. It booted up into
target mode and I was able to save the User’s files from the abyss.

Three Story Drop Powerbook

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Toshiba’s new 1.8-Inch 100GB HDD Destined for iPod

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Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2006, 11:38
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Toshiba will show a new 100GB 1.8-inch hard drive at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), in Las Vegas from January 8 to 11. Concidently, Macworld Expo is at the same time and Apple uses just such drives in the iPod. Hmmm…

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Higher capacity music players and laptop computers could be on the way thanks to a new hard drive from Toshiba that manages a 25 percent jump in storage space over current models.

The new 1.8-inch hard drive can store 100GB of data whereas current models hold a maximum of 80GB. The drives are about the same size as a PC Card and are commonly used in music players, like Apple’s iPod, and compact laptop computers.

PC World – Toshiba Develops 1.8-Inch 100GB Hard Drive

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View TiVo Recordings on Your Mac or iPod

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Date: Tuesday, December 5th, 2006, 11:53
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This article discusses a method to automate the process of getting the files off the TiVo and into Front Row/iPod format. If you just want to convert a single file then just run tivodecode on the TiVo file and you’ll have an MPEG-2 file that VLC can play. If, however, you want to make a media center that does everything for you and keeps anything from one show to everything the TiVo records, then you should read on.

Mac Geekery – How to View TiVo Recordings on Your Mac or iPod

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Rumors swirl of ultrathin MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, December 4th, 2006, 11:51
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 As Macworld creeps up on us (only a month away now!), rumors of the iPhone and what features the iTV will have aren’t enough for the Mac web. Because of this, in comes the smaller, ultrathin MacBook Pro rumor, which claims that there will be a new iteration of MacBook Pro that will use the 12-inch form factor—I can hear throngs of 12″ PowerBook users cheering in the distance—as well as be much thinner and much lighter than its current design.

Infinite Loop: Rumors swirl of ultrathin MacBook Pro

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