iPod Hi-Fi

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iPod Hi-Fi

The iPod Hi-Fi is available at Virgin and they are selling it for KD150. It’s a lot smaller then I imagined it to be, it looks a lot bigger in the pictures.


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Oblivion and Half Life 2 running on the Mac

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Yesterday Apple releasesd BootCamp which allows you to run Windows XP on the Mac and some friends of ours from GameChew managed to get the games Oblivion and Half Life 2 running on their Macs. The games are running with the settings great quality and medium resolution. You can watch Oblivion running on the Macs by watching the 2 videos they made, check it out. [Link]

I am gonna try running Red Alert Aftermath once I get my Intel Mac!!


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Review: IPEVO free.1 Skype Phone

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Ipevo free.1

Late last month I placed an order for the IPEVO free.1 Skpe Phone and I just received it yesterday. I have to say its just the coolest accessory for my Mac, even cooler then my CueCat!

I ordered the white version while my sister ordered the black one and they are honestly both great looking. I prefer the white since all my furniture in my computer room is white plus white is more Apple like. The phone works really great with the Mac, all you need to do is install this application which runs in the background and whenever you want to use Skype you just pick up the phone and click on the Skype button which will then launch the Skype application. You can then use the up and down controller on the phone to move up and down in your Skypes contact list, once you highlight a contact you just click the call button and you are suddenly calling your contact all without even touching your computer. Say you want to dial a number that isn’t on the contact list then you just input the numbers on the phone and press the call button. Very very easy to use just like a regular phone. The build quality of the phone is just superb and combined with its looks its hard to believe it costs only $30.

I couldn’t wait to try the phone so I quickly called my brother up in Lebanon and spoke to him a bit, even when we ran out of things to talk about I tried to stay on the phone as long as I could since it felt great using it. After I was done with my brother I tried to find someone else to call just so I could use the phone again. I really love it.

In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this phone. It looks great, the sound quality is great and the phone feels much more expensive then it actually costs. Its integration with the Mac and PC makes it really easy to work and use which makes it very user friendly. The only downside I could think of is that the USB cable is too long, 2.5 meters to be exact which I guess could be a good thing for some people but not if you are planning on using it with your laptop. Another downside is expect your Skype bill to go up because you really just want to call more because of it. I hated the headphone+mic combination, it just didn’t feel natural but since this looks like and feels like a phone I am more comfortable using it. The final score is a 4.5 out of 5.

Buy the white IPEVO phone from Amazon
Buy the black IPEVO phone from Amazon
Visit the IPEVO website


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NBK & Mac

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As most of you know you can’t use Firefox with Watani online, so I called customer support and they gave me an email I should send my complaint to, golnarm@nbk.com

This is the email I just sent:

Hi, I spoke with an IT person earlier and he advised me to email you my complaint.

I am a Mac user and I can’t access Watani Online. When I try to access Watani Online with Firefox or Safari it tells me to download Internet Explorer. But when I went to the Microsoft site to download Internet Explorer I got a message saying the following:

INTERNET EXPLORER FOR MAC NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
In June 2003, the Microsoft Macintosh Business Unit announced that Internet Explorer for Mac would undergo no further development, and support would cease in 2005. In accordance with published support lifecycle policies, Microsoft ended support for Internet Explorer for Mac on December 31st, 2005, and is not providing any further security or performance updates.

Accordingly, as of January 31st, 2006, Internet Explorer for the Mac is no longer available for download from Microsoft. It is recommended that Macintosh users migrate to more recent web browsing technologies such as Apple’s Safari.

http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/internetexplorer/internetexplorer.aspx

But when I use Safari I get an error and I can’t use IE because its not available anymore. Could you please allow Mac users to access Watani Online with FireFox or Safari. If not could NBK provide its customers with a CD that contains Internet Explorer for the Mac. But again, I am thinking that if Microsoft is recommending Safari it means IE on the Mac isn’t secure in the first place so I am not sure I would like to use IE anyway to access my bank records.

Awaiting your reply

If you are a mac user and have a complaint send it to the same email address.


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PictureSync

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I just found this cool software for the Mac that adds a cool feature to iPhoto where you could export pictures directly to your flickr or 23 account with one click. I think this new feature is enough to convince me to go back to using iPhoto. [Link]


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Two iBooks

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If you are looking for a good deal on a Mac I will be posting two ibooks for sale in the next few days. One is a 12inch G3 600mhz the other a 14inch G4 1GHz. I am just waiting to get some pics of the ibooks and their finals specs and I will post everything online. The prices will be very good as usual like everything else I have previously posted for sale on this blog.


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Lost Widget

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Lost Widget

Every 108 minutes, the button must be pushed. From the moment the alarm sounds, you will have four minutes to enter the code into the microcomputer processor. [Link]

(you won’t get this unless you watch the tv show Lost)


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Skype Phone for the Mac

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IPEVO

Nat’s been using Skype to call and talk to her family and friends back in Lebanon and it works pretty cool and its also fairly cheap. The problem is that talking to your family using headphones and the Apple Powerbooks built in mic is a pretty dorky experience. So I decided to look around for a phone handset that would plug-in and work with the Mac. There are many handsets available but 99% of them only work with PCs. Even some handsets that were compatible with the Mac ended up lacking features the same phone would have if connected to the PC. The coolest Skype phone I found was a cordless Linksys and at $105 it wasn’t too expensive, the downside ofcourse was that it wasn’t Mac compatible. Finally I stumbled upon the IPEVO phone which is pictured above. It looked really cool, it was fully compatible with the Mac and it only cost $29. So I ordered a white one for myself and a black one for my sister. The phone also works with PC’s so thats a bonus. Once the handsets arrive next week I will take some pictures and post my feedback on them but so far it looks like a really great device.

Buy the white IPEVO phone from Amazon
Buy the black IPEVO phone from Amazon
Visit the IPEVO website


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Bye Bye Suitcase

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FontExplorer

For the past couple of years I have been forced to use Extensis Suitcase to manage the fonts on my Mac. There was one serious competitor and Extensis ended up acquiring it. Awhile back I found out Linotype released a beta version of their own font manager software called FontExplorer X. I went ahead and tried it out and it was a bit buggy and had some features missing so I removed it and continued using Suitcase. A couple of days ago Linotype released the final version of their software so I downloaded it and ever since then I haven’t gone back to Suitcase.

FontExplorer is wayyy faster, has more features, and best of all its fucking free! Its FREE! Suitcase costs $100 and I see no reason why I should pay that much for a software that doesn’t perform better then the free FontExplorer. So what I am trying to say here is if you are a designer and frustrated with Suitcase, download FontExplorer, its lightyears ahead and so much more cooler.. [Link]


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Abandoned Apple Store Redux

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empty apple store

Last year I posted pictures of the abandoned Apple store in Kuwait City and they quickly spread all over the web. The coolest thing about this dirty old store were the old Apple posters, everyone wanted to get their hands on them since they are very rare and impossible to find. So I passed by the place today during lunch time and to my surprise the posters were all taken down and the store completely emptied and cleaned. I quickly got closer to see if I could find any trace of the posters and their they were folded on the floor of the display window. So I went upstairs to the Apple stores office and spoke to this Apple tech guy whom I met a couple of times before and he told me that they had just finished repainting the store and they would be opening it up in the next few days. I asked him what they were going to do with the posters since he knows how badly I wanted them, he told me that they were going to hang them up again. SUCKS! So now I am never going to get my hands on these Apple posters nor will I be able to get my hand on Lego guy!


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