The New iMac is Nice Enough

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Date: Tuesday, August 31st, 2004, 06:19
Category: Hardware, Mac Desktop

The best thing about the new iMac design is that it is more compact and easier to transport than the previous version. Think of the luxo-lamp G4 iMac as a desktop computer, squeezed into a half sphere with a mighty arm holding up the screen. The latest iMac is more like a laptop computer with the screen welded in place facing outward like a tablet PC. It is then simply mounted on an aluminum support that matches the recently introduced aluminum monitors.
In terms of performance, the big difference is the G5 processor cooled by three fans that pull air from the bottom of the enclosure and out through the top. It also comes with NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 graphics processor.
So, what’s not to like? Priced at US$1,299 the base model surely represents a better value than the previous G4 iMac, but Apple desperately needs to fight back against the continuing erosion in market share. When compared to the cost and performance of a G4 17″ PowerBook, price looks fantastic, but there is a need at the low end for something other than the eMac. The iMac remains a high priced, design oriented product. Until the G5 makes it into a laptop enclosure, it has a solid place in the lineup because of its superior performance.
The call for a “headless” iMac has not been heard by Apple – yet. It would be nice to see a G5 headless box priced $100 less than an eMac. The time for a Mac with a built-in CRT has passed and the eMac should evolve into a more powerful mainstream solution. One that a lot of people have been asking for.


NewerTech Announces High-capacity Replacement Battery for 1G and 2G iPod

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Date: Tuesday, August 31st, 2004, 06:47
Category: Accessory, iPod

Newer Technology, Inc. and Other World Computing (OWC) today introduced an ultra high-capacity 2100mAh Apple iPod Lithium-Polymer (Li-Polymer) replacement battery for all first- and second-generation iPod models.
The NewerTech battery is the highest capacity iPod battery on the market and provides 70 percent more capacity than standard Apple stock batteries. It is available immediately for US$39.95.
“The sad truth about first- and second-generation iPods is that in many cases their batteries start to fade after about 18 months, and there’s nothing worse for an iPod-user than to slowly become unable to access their digital music on-the-go,” said Larry O’Connor, president of OWC. “This new ultra high-capacity battery not only replaces the battery that died, but gives the iPod more life than it’s ever had before with 70 percent more capacity than the original battery.”
The 2100mAh iPod replacement battery uses the same high-quality Li-Polymer technology used by Apple Computer to make the original iPod batteries. The NewerTech battery also comes with two non-scratching installation tools and a detailed instruction manual to guide users smoothly through the installation process.


PowerPage on Vacation Through 07 September

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Date: Friday, August 27th, 2004, 08:29
Category: Archive

BurningmanThe PowerPage is taking a much needed vacation next week (30 Aug. through 07 Sept.) and we won’t be publishing unless something big breaks. We hope that you are enjoying the remainder of the summer and encourage you to take some time off to enjoy it.
PowerPage readers attending this year’s Burningman festival are encouraged to stop by the Astral Headwash (Mercury & 5:00) and ask for Eldorado.
Happy Labor Day and we’ll see you on 08 September.


AirPort Express Update 4.0.1 Released

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Date: Friday, August 27th, 2004, 08:31
Category: Archive

Waiting in for you in software update is AirPort Express Update 4.0.1:

This update is recommended for all customers with AirPort Express base stations.
Apple AirPort website at
Apple Support website at
What’s New in this Version

  • Improvements to Profiles support in the AirPort Admin Utility
  • Improve handling of WEP keys with third-party access points


Delays, Delays

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Date: Friday, August 27th, 2004, 06:53
Category: Opinion

The perpetual iPod Mini wait list. Missing iMac. G5 servers. G5 desktops. The new fourth generation iPod — things look good for now, but who knows how many HP can move come September?


Upgrade Your TiBook to 1GHz

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Date: Thursday, August 26th, 2004, 16:38
Category: Archive

DT&T Computer Services, Inc. is offering a PowerBook G4 Titanium motherboard upgrade service. You can now swap your 667MHz (DVI), 800MHz or 867 MHz TiBook logic board for a 1GHz model for a fee ranging from US$495 to US$650.

This is an upgrade of the new Apple logic board to a 1GHz (p/n 661-1800). The models that are compatible for the upgrade are 667MHz (DVI), 800MHz, and 867MHz. The upgrade requires that you have a good working board in exchange. If your current Titanium has a problem with the logic board,then it cost you additional $50.00 more on top of the upgrade cost.. Outright purchase, no exchange cost $750.00.These logic board are available, quick turn-around 1-2 days turnaround. 6 months warranty on parts and labor. You can get the board and install yourself or just send in whole computer to us to install for you, installation is free.

Has anyone tried this service?


Nokia 7610 Review

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Date: Thursday, August 26th, 2004, 14:33
Category: Archive

Nokia 7610The PowerPage linked to my Sony Ericsson K700i review a few weeks back and thought you might be interested in my Nokia 7610 review:

Enter the Nokia 7610 (I have the white/silver model). This phone was actually the only other phone I was considering when I decided to purchase the K700i (the Sendo X was also on my radar at the time, but it wasn’t yet released). The main reason I initially decided in favor of the K700i was simply past experience ? I’ve had good luck with SE phones. The main reason I initially decided against the 7610 was the design. Nokia has a long track record of feeling the need to push the envelope of mobile phone design (if you can call their designs “pushing the envelope”). This phone is no exception and Nokia has made some pretty crazy leaps as far as keypad and case design go, none of which I think will survive this model.


New Piel Frama Leather Case for iPod 4G

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Date: Thursday, August 26th, 2004, 08:21
Category: Archive

Piel Frama iPod 4G leather casePiel Frama has announced a new leather case for the iPod 4G. This leather case incorporates:

  • Magnet system closure
  • Rotating and completely removable belt clip (the knob is also removable)
  • 2 Credit card pockets
  • 1 Money Pocket

The new leather iPod 4G case will be available in 15 days for €50 and UPS shipping is included in the price.


SpamSieve Update Even More Accurate

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Date: Thursday, August 26th, 2004, 08:47
Category: Archive

C-Command’s SpamSieve, an O’Grady’s PowerPick, has been updated to version 2.2 and includes the following enhancements:

  • Improved accuracy, due to better message analysis, use of the Habeas Whitelist, and leveraging of SpamAssassin’s heuristic tests.
  • Easier (more automatic) to train.
  • The corpus and rules are now searchable and AppleScriptable.
  • The blocklist and whitelist can now import addresses, and they support additional match fields: From (name), Any Recipient, Any Address, Any Character Set, and Any Attachment Name.
  • Additional notification options include flashing a Griffin PowerMate, Entourage sound sets, and access to sound files installed by your e-mail program.
  • Apple Mail plug-in now protects against Web bugs, colors messages according to how spammy they are, and moves false positives back to the proper inbox.
  • Entourage address book integration now catches spam messages that are forged to look like you sent them.
  • Can automatically whitelist the recipients of your outgoing messages.

A complete change List is also available.


Wi-Fi Hot Spots Keep Users Online

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Date: Thursday, August 26th, 2004, 08:40
Category: Archive

With Hurricane Charley leaving behind a path of destruction and widespread power outages, public-access Wi-Fi services have emerged as a communications and Internet access tool for business users and consumers. Read the whole story at ComputerWorld.