Do Not Buy a Mac

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If you are in the process of buying a Mac now put your purchase on hold. Why? Apple has a habit of introducing new products or upgrades during one it large events which are held throughout the year. Steve Jobs usually starts these events with his famous keynotes and then introduces the new products. Next month is the Apple Expo in Paris in which the new iMac G5 was introduced last year. During these expos it is expected that Apple would introduce new hardware and software products, or at least some hardware and software updates. Below is a list of the Apple products divided into two sections, “Likely to be Updated” and “Not LIkely to be Updated”.

Likely to be Updated
Powerbooks (Last updated in January)
iPod Shuffle (Last updated in January)

Not Likely to be Updated
iBooks (Last updated in July)
Mac Mini (Last updated in July)
iPod (Last updated in June)
PowerMacs (Last updated in April)
iMacs (Last updated in May)

To keep up to date with Mac rumors and news I would recommend checking the following sites before making a Mac purchase:

MacRumors Buyers Gude Excellent Source
MacRumors
Think Secret
AppleInsider
Apple Nova Forum


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Roomba for Sale

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roomba

If anyone is interested in buying my Roomba, please contact me. Its in excellent condition and comes with 2 virtual walls. What is a Rooma? Its a robot vacuum cleaner. Email me or leave a comment below. Asking price is KD50.

Note:
Originally purchased for $215 (with virtual wall and taxes, excluding around KD20 shipping to Kuwait).


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Palm is Palm Again

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palm new logo

Palm got split into 2 companies a while back, Palm Source and Palm One. Palm Source was going to be the software company and Palm One the hardware. Now, Palm One has become Palm again, and they have rebranded starting with a new logo. [Link]


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Apple Intel Dev Systems

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“It’s fast,” said one developer source of Mac OS X running on Intel’s Pentium processors. “Faster than [Mac OS X] on my Dual 2GHz Power Mac G5.” In addition to booting Windows XP at blazing speeds, the included version of Mac OS X for Intel takes “as little as 10 seconds” to boot to the Desktop from when the Apple logo first displays on screen.

sigh… [Link]


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Package Tracking with Google Maps

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UPS Tracking
FedEx Tracking


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Running with the Bulls Injuries

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Do you know someone that is running with the bulls this week in San Fermin, Spain? Well, this Google Maps hack will allow you to view all injuries of people involved in this event from the event each day. [Link]


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Gmaps Pedometer

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If you are a runner/biker/etc.. and want to know the distance you ran/biked/etc.. you can now use this handy tool called Gmaps Pedometer. You zoom in to the area where you ran/bikes/etc.. and then you can mark you route and it will tell you the ditance you rant. Here is the link [Link]

Note: when you click on the link and go to the page, once you get there press satellite on the top right. When you find the location you ran/biked/etc.. click on Start Recording then double click your starting point on the map and then just keep double clicking on the route you took, it will draw lines for you and measure your distance.


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TANDBERG Video Conferencing

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Today I was able to check out a TANDBERG video conferencing setup. Its such a cool system, we had 2 huge ass plasmas built into the wall and a videocamera built in between them. The system video conferences at various connection speeds but we were using 384kb/sec. The TANDBERG system is also a very secure system I was told (the US defence department uses it!), so its perfect for talking business no matter how confidential the matter might be. The guy who was showing me the video conferencing system used a Marantz RC9500 remote control (drool!!) to control the whole thing including rotating the camera and zooming in and out. With a click of a button we connected to an office in Oslo which was closed but we were able to pan the camera around over there and check out the office. While checking out the Oslo office he also connected to a roof top cam on their companies head office in Japan and then connected to the conference room located in the same building we were in. So in total we were connected to 3 places on the same screen, very cool. The guy also told me that you could connect a laptop to the system and do a power point presentation or play Quake and they could all watch you. I don’t know how much a system like this costs, I should have asked him but I know I can’t afford the Marantz remote yet alone the two plasma screens and the TANDBERG system.. sucks!!


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The Industrial Design Excellence Awards

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The results are out, loads of cool stuff!! [Link]

Update: There are a 158 products incase you didn’t notice, just keep pressing next or use the drop down menu to go to a certain category.


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How It Works…The Computer

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mini computer

Someone went and scanned a LadyBird book for kids on how the computer works. The book is from 1971, really interesting. [Link]


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