Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Mac mini with Intel chips announced

Mac mini with Intel chips Apple announced the new Mac mini with 1.5GHz Intel Core Solo or 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo processor. Finally 4 USB2 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, two DIMM slots for up to 2GB of RAM, an infrared sensor for the included remote and Front Row, SPDIF In/Out, Airport/Bluetooth2.0 with EDR and last, but not least, a Firewire400 port that supplies 8 Watts of power. The Core Solo with Combo drive and 60GB SATA drive costs 600$, the Dual Core with SuperDrive and and 80GB 800$.

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Monday, February 27, 2006

Fujitsu ScanSnap Mac integrated into DEVONthink

DEVONthink DEVONtechnologies will be showing the Fujitsu ScanSnap 15ppm duplex scanner integrated with their DEVONthink software for MacOSX at the upcoming Cebit fair in Hannover, Germany. They use the IRIS OCR engine to covert scanned pages into searchable text.

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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Tekkeon myTalker™ turns iPod or MP3 player into a Bluetooth headset

Tekkeon myTalker The Tekkeon myTalker™ turns an iPod or MP3 player into a Bluetooth headset. It is a Bluetooth gateway with built in microphone and a 3,5mm Audio out port, so you can use any 3,5mm headphone as a Bluetooth headset. It includes a LiIon rechargeable battery, that you can reload via a supplied mini-USB cable.


Saturday, February 25, 2006

#1 song when you were born

Billboard chart Just found this on digg.com: a website, that show you the #1 song in the US billboard charts for any given date, e.g. for the day when you were born.

Friday, February 24, 2006

external flash memory modules for mobile phones with microSD (TransFlash) slots

Stik & Stor™ USModular introduced external flash memory modules for mobile phones with microSD (TransFlash) slots called Stik & Stor™. Nice idea for mobile phones, that don´t have real SD memory slots, but I wish mobile phone and PDA manufacturers would finally all use SD and get rid of all the other useless fand expensive lash memory formats!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

PocketMod: the free disposable personal organizer

PocketMod One of the best ideas, I have seen in a long time: PocketMod lets you print out 8 pages per page including instructions to fold the page, so you get an 8 page booklet that you can take everywhere. Right now it uses Flash and some pre made templates, and for Windows users there is an app to turn PDFs into PocketMod booklets.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

easily turn EyeTV folders into doubleclickable EyeTV2 packages

create EyeTV2 packages Just found out an easy way to create EyeTV2 packages. Just add ".eyetv" to the EyeTV1.x folder name, and the folder becomes a double clickable EyeTV2 package.


Tuesday, February 21, 2006

BlueHarvest cleans your MacOSX volumes

BlueHarvest cleans MacOSX volumes BlueHarvest is a MacOSX prefs pane to disable the creation of DS_Store files and delete DS_Store files in specific locations, to automatically remove resource fork (._) files, to remove .trash folders from removable disks and to easily remove existing DS_Store and resource fork (._) files from your volumes.


Monday, February 20, 2006

Matrox DualHead2Go

Matrox DualHead2Go The Matrox DualHead2Go allows you to use two VGA monitors as one big screen. Even notebook PCs and Mac minis with just one display connector now can use an extended display up to 2560*1024 pixels.

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Sunday, February 19, 2006

MacBook Pro with faster CPU speed

MacBook Pro with faster CPU speed The Apple MacBook Pro is shipping and instead of 1.6 and 1.8GHz it now has 1.83 or 2.0GHz DualCore chips, and for an additional 300$ you can have the top model with a 2.16GHz CPU, too.


Saturday, February 18, 2006

Samsung SGH-Z560 HSDPA phone

Samsung SGH-Z560 HSDPA phone Samsung announced the SGH-Z560 HSDPA phone at the 3GSM congress in Barcelona. It supports 1.8Mbps downlink and 384kbps uplink. I have no idea if it will have Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, or if you have to use an USB cable to use it as an external wireless modem.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Reich ohne Geld (Rich without money)

Reich ohne Geld (Rich without money) Last Tuesday, the Austrian insurance company ÖBV had a book presentation for the new book from Alexander Giese called Reich ohne Geld, which is a German language book about beeing rich without money. The wonderful subtitle "Anleitung für ein unzeitgemäßes Leben" says it all. By the way: the German word "zeitgemäß", which roughly translates in English to "up-to-date" has become a bad word in the German language in the last few years, so finding a book giving advice for living "unzeitgemäß" can only be a good thing ;-)


Thursday, February 16, 2006

Benq EF91 HSDPA phone

Benq EF91 HSDPA phone Benq today announced the EF91, a HSDPA capable mobile phone, that should be shipping this summer.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Option GlobeSurfer ICON external USB powered HSDPA modem

Option GlobeSurfer ICON external USB powered HSDPA modem For laptop PCs without PCcard slots, e.g. the new MacBook Pro from Apple, Option announced the GlobeSurfer ICON, an external HSDPA/UMTS modem (only European and Asian frequencies!) with Quadband EDGE/GPRS.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Cingular 140$/month unlimited HSDPA including 100MB/month abroad

unlimited HSDPA Cingular announced a mobile data package that gives you unlimited data in the US via HSDPA/UMTS/EDGE/GPRS for 140$/month and includes 100MB/month data usage abroad. Combined with the new Option GlobeTrotter GT MAX PCcard you can access the internet from nearly everywhere on earth, where you have GSM coverage.

Monday, February 13, 2006

degunking my Mac

degunking my Mac In HardDrive/Library/Application Support/ I found a GarageBand folder with 1.8GB! Even though I previously deleted GarageBand, because I have no need for it right now, I had no idea that there are Gigabytes of unnecessary junk on my hard drive. HardDrive/Library/Desktop Pictures is another 33MB! It really makes sense to do a clean install once in a while, then get rid of useless language and code files. A week ago my hard drive was filled with nearly 30GB, now I am at less than 10GB with no important documents missing! Now all my Mac stuff should fit on one double layer DVD+/-R or DVD-RAM!

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Sunday, February 12, 2006

new Make magazine (Volume 5) available

Make Volume 5 Make Volume 5 is available now. Even better than the last issues!


Saturday, February 11, 2006

great feature in MacOSX Mail

MacOSX Mail Account Info I found this feature by pure accident. On MacOSX 10.4.3 Mail I clicked "Command I" and this dialog popped up. It lets you delete single or all messages on your various mail servers. So no more need for some third party utilities to selectively remove those multi

megabyte files, that are clogging your mail server.


Friday, February 10, 2006

Mac Emulator on PocketPC VGA?

Mac Emulator on PocketPC I wonder, if anyone has tried out the Mini vMac for PocketPC 2003 devices on a PocketPC with VGA resolution? You could run thousands of great MacOS applications on your PocketPC in a truly portable way. And on CPUs with hundreds of MHz, those old Mac apps should run really fast. Imagine a full blown Hypercard environment running on your PocketPC. Or Macintosh Common LISP...

I wonder, if there will be a SheepShaver for PocketPC?

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Thursday, February 09, 2006

remove unnecessary language files from MacOSX Apps

smaller iTunes Somewhere in the comments of MacOSXhints.com I found a great hint about reducing the used disk space of MacOSX apps from dudemac: go to the "Get info" window of the application and select the languages pane. Now you can easily remove all the unnecessary language files from the application. My iTunes went from nearly 60 MB to around 25MBs. Hopefully we can soon get rid of unnecessary code (Intel or PPC depending on your Mac) as easily too.

Right now you need utilities like Monolingual to remove the Intel or PPC code.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

more from VKmobile.com

more from VKmobile.com VKmobile.com already announced successors to the VK2000 model I mentioned on monday. The VK2100 looks nearly like an iPod nano with built in mobile phone and Bluetooth. 2GB of internal memory gives you room for around 500 MP3 songs.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

iPod nano 1 GB

iPod nano 1 GB Apple just introduced a 1GB version of its iPod nano for 149$. The 1GB iPod shuffle now costs 99$, the 512MB shuffle 69$.


Monday, February 06, 2006

amazingly slim mobile phone

VK2000 Austrian discounter Hofer now sells the VK2000 from VKmobile. Normally VKmobile devices are not available in Austria, they only sell in England, France, Spain, HongKong, China and in the US. It has the size of a credit card, just 8,8mm thick and weighs 52 grams. Pretty amazing.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Dell Axim X51v as a VNC client for MacOSX

Dell Axim X51v as a VNC client for MacOSX After a clean install of MacOSX 10.4 Tiger on my PowerBook 15" I installed PTvncWM5.arm.CAB on my new Dell Axim X51v. And believe it or not: I can control my Mac via VNC from my Windows Mobile 5 equipped Dell Axim X51v. Absolutely stunning! Too bad that Palm gave up developing great new hardware (and a multitasking OS!) years ago...

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Saturday, February 04, 2006

EyeTV2 finally supports EyeTV200 and EyeTV300 at the same time

EyeTV2 While officially you could control more than one EyeTV box at the same time with the EyeTV 1.x software from ElGato, it just never really worked for me. Now after installing the new EyeTV2 from ElGato, I can use my EyeTV 200 (analog cable TV) and EyeTV 300 (DVB-S) on one Mac at the same time.

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Friday, February 03, 2006

Nokia 770 experiences until now...

Nokia 770 After a few days with the Nokia 770 now a short resume:

+ design, screen, weight, haptic, 3,5mm audio connector, standard

mini USB connector mounts the included RS-MMC as an USB drive on Macs, PCs...

- PDF could be really useful, if it supported portrait mode, right now you have to scroll endlessly

- connectivity is NOT perfect, my first tries with 2 WLAN hotspots failed, as well as the Bluetooth connection to my Nokia6630 mobile phone

- speed is Not an option, feels much slower than my MDApro, and also much slower than some very old Palms

- no keyboard (a slide out keyboard a la OQO or HTC would be great!)

- RS-MMC just SUCKS! Why can´t they use standard MMCs or SDs, some Nokia devices have MMCs, some RS-MMCs, even others now sport miniSD cards. What a mess!

- no standard Nokia power connector! For years all Nokia phones had the same round connector for charging purposes. Now some Nokias have the new thinner connector. Even though there are adapters, now there is one more part to loose. BTW: they already have a standard mini USB connector, why not use it for charging, too?

All in all: great try for a 1.0 release. If they keep improving the hardware and the software, the next Nokia Linux tablet might be a mega seller! Hint: SD/MMC slot, more RAM, faster CPU, portrait mode, standard Nokia power connector or USB charging!)

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Thursday, February 02, 2006

40" LCD TV for 1600€

40inch LCD TV for 1600€ The Austrian discounter Hofer, a subsidiary of the German discounter Aldi Süd, sells a 40" LCD TV (Samsung panel) with 1366*768 pixels resolution for 1600 Euros. Includes VGA and HDMI inputs, but no DVI input without adapter.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The Art of the Start

The Art of the Start Guy Kawasaki, the first official software eveangelist at Apple Computer wrote another book:The Art of the Start. As I read nearly all of his books in the past (Guerilla Marketing...) the choice of this one was a no brainer for me.