Ah, the PowerBook G4. Sleek. Powerful. Sexy. Okay, not so sexy when the display unlatches itself in its bag or the hinge breaks or there are nasty marks on the screen. But suffering is the mother of invention here at the PowerPage, and reader John Grzeskowiak of Radiologic Technologies began marketing his own custom solution for hinge conditioning, display cushioning, and screen cleaning and protection, now available from DevDepot. “A business borne out of a PowerPage comments thread. That’s gotta be a first,” says John. I’ve now had the opportunity to road test John’s display cushions under the abusive conditions my Ti endures daily, to see if comments threads can produce a worthy product: and if accessorizing is the answer to one of the Ti’s design flaws. Click read more for the full review.
Apple Computer Inc., moving to defend its position in the education market, is unveiling its first personal computer designed exclusively for schools and colleges.
The computer maker is introducing a white one-piece desktop machine called the eMac, priced from $999 to $1,999, that resembles the original iMac introduced in 1998. The new machine is designed to woo educators that are being courted with low-price PCs that run Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system. Dell Computer Inc. has been particularly aggressive and last year surpassed Apple in shipments of desktop machines for education, according to some market researchers.
There was a time not so long ago when live interactive electronic music meant carrying a Hammond organ the weight and proportions of a Volkswagen — or, more recently, turntable musicians who could be mistaken for pallbearers. No more. Ableton‘s new Live software means entire gigs can be performed on a PowerBook or iBook. It’s simple and streamlined enough that musical newcomers will be creating their own tunes — and simple enough for us more advanced computer musicians to abuse to create wild, unpredictable new noises. Like much revolutionary version 1 software, it’s not without flaws, but even some of its bugs are fun.