Mac News Review

Which Intel Macs Take CPU Upgrades?, $2 802.11n Enabler, USB Drive Adapter, and More

This Week's Apple and Desktop Mac News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2007.02.02

Hardmac has published a list of which Macintel models can accept CPU upgrades. In brief, the only Intel Macs that can't accept a faster CPU are the notebook models, which have their CPUs soldered in place.

We have more info on fixes for the change in Daylight Saving Time here in the US (and also adopted in Canada to facilitate commerce with the States), and Apple has released a $2 enabler for Core 2 Macs (except for the 1.83 GHz iMac) that provides support for the 802.11n draft WiFi standard.

NewerTech has a clever $25 device that lets you connect a parallel ATA hard drive to a USB port without having to buy a drive enclosure. Could be a great, low cost way to migrate your data to a new hard drive.

If you're an iPod owner and have a 2001 or newer GM vehicle, be sure to take a look at iConnect, a very attractive system for using your iPod in your car or truck.

And if you're the "go to guy" for Mac support for friends and family members (or even an IT staffer), take a look at Copilot, a secure system that lets you connect to remote computers - even through firewalls.

PowerBook, iBook, MacBook, and other portable computing is covered in The 'Book Review.

All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.

News & Opinion

Apple Updates

Products

iPod Accessories

Software

Desktop Mac Deals

News & Opinion

Which Intel Macs Can Take a CPU Upgrade?

Hardmac's Lionel says:

"We received many questions following our news regarding changing the Mac mini's processor which we are going to try to answer here.

  • The MacBook Pro and the MacBook have their processors directly soldered to the motherboard. So it's impossible to change them.
  • The iMac and the Mac mini on the other hand have processors placed in connectors. This connector (or socket) is called the 479. It accepts both the Core Duo and the Core 2 Duo which are compatible pin for pin. On the other hand, don't try to install a Pentium M. Although it has the same number of pins (478), it is incompatible.
  • The Mac Pros also have interchangeable processors. It uses a socket 771. It will accept all the Xeon 51xx series with a 1333 MHz bus (there are Xeons with a 1066 bus which would slow down the machine). The 4 core Xeons are also compatible."

Fix for DST Time Change on 'Panther' (OS X 10.3.9)

PR: Updated time zone files and ICU data archive to account for changes in daylight savings.

Ian Ward Comfort has posted both a disk image of the changed files and a script to build from source of the changes.

DST Software Patch Info

DST Patch.com's Countdown to DST 2007 page says:

"A provision of the US Energy Policy Act of 2005, extends Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the US by four weeks, beginning in 2007. Systems and applications that process dates and times using the US DST rules will be affected by this change.

"Date and time processing functions in systems and applications in countries implementing the new DST rules (US, Canada, Bermuda) are affected. Systems and applications in countries not implementing the DST changes could be affected if they support users, transactions, or applications involving countries that are implementing the new DST rules."

Logos Bible Software Finalist for 'Consumer Product of the Year', Coming to Mac

PR: Logos Bible Software 3 has been selected as one of three statewide finalists for Consumer Product of the Year - Mac version coming soon; free widget available now

Logos Bible Software 3, released in May 2006, applies cutting-edge information retrieval technologies to the age-old task of Bible study, helping students and scholars learn more in less time.

Version 3 includes a number of "firsts" such as the industry's first-ever reverse interlinear Bibles and syntactically tagged resources. The software engine's modular, standards-based architecture also sets it apart in the industry.

"It's great to see Logos Bible Software 3 recognized as a technically innovative product," said Bob Pritchett, president/CEO of Logos Bible Software. "We're always looking for ways to apply the newest and best technology to help people experience better, deeper and more exciting Bible study."

Each year WSA, the state's oldest and largest technology trade organization, recognizes the state's most outstanding technology achievements with its Industry Achievement Awards. The awards celebrate companies which best demonstrate innovation and excellence in technology, and have made significant contributions to the way we work and live. Winners will be announced March 21 at the awards event in Seattle.

The criteria for Consumer Product of the Year include: "technical innovation, consumer adoption, intuitiveness, value to consumers, staying power and general distinction of the applicant's product in the consumer marketplace." Past winners in this category include household names such as WhitePages.com, Expedia, and RealPlayer.

"The WSA is focused on supporting technology innovators succeed and the WSA Industry Achievement Awards honor the great technology companies in Washington State," said Ken Myer, WSA president and chief executive officer. "These 18 finalists have proven to be among the premiere technology companies in this region."

Logos Bible Software for the Macintosh Coming

Macintosh users have asked for it (over and over again) and now it is headed your way: Logos Bible Software for the Macintosh.

That's right - a version of Logos Bible Software that is native to Mac OS X. Immediate access to thousands of Bible reference titles never before available for the Macintosh. The advanced automation and convenient reports that Logos users have come to love. No more emulators, no more guilt over your flirtation with the PC.

The Macintosh version will read the same book files as the PC version, making 14 years of digital book publishing instantly available to Mac users. Categories include Bibles, original language texts, morphological databases, commentaries, dictionaries, lexicons, grammars, maps and more. Electronic books can be acquired in money-saving library collections or unlocked individually.

The truth is, we have always been a little jealous of Mac users. The Mac design aesthetic, cool bundled apps, the stability and security of the platform all made us a touch green. That's why we are just as excited as you are about developing Logos for the Mac. We can't wait to show it off.

"When can I buy it?" you ask. Work on the product has already begun, and the official launch is planned for the second quarter 2007. But we will be pulling back the curtain now and then for a peek in the meantime and we'll start taking orders as launch day approaches. The best way to keep up to date on all this is to subscribe to the Logos for the Mac Email List. We'll also be discussing the product in our Macintosh newsgroup. (To access the newsgroup you will need a newsreader like Mozilla Thunderbird.)

In the meantime...

As a completely separate side project Logos had some developers whip out a quick widget to help you quickly look up the text of any Bible reference you come across. Simply type or cut and paste any Bible reference into the Logos Bible Widget and instantly see the full text of that verse.

Easier than grabbing your Bible off the shelf, faster than going to Bible Gateway, and best of all - the Logos Bible Widget is free

Intel Breakthrough 'Biggest Change to Computer Chips in 40 Years'

PR: In one of the biggest advancements in fundamental transistor design, Intel Corporation has revealed that it is using two dramatically new materials to build the insulating walls and switching gates of its 45 nanometer (nm) transistors. Hundreds of millions of these microscopic transistors - or switches - will be inside the next generation Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad and Xeon families of multi-core processors. The company also said it has five early-version products up and running - the first of fifteen 45nm processor products planned from Intel.

The transistor feat allows the company to continue delivering record-breaking PC, laptop and server processor speeds, while reducing the amount of electrical leakage from transistors that can hamper chip and PC design, size, power consumption, noise and costs. It also ensures Moore's Law, a high-tech industry axiom that transistor counts double about every two years, thrives well into the next decade.

Intel believes it has extended its lead of more than a year over the rest of the semiconductor industry with the first working 45nm processors of its next-generation 45nm family of products - code named "Penryn." The early versions, which will be targeted at five different computer market segments, are running Windows* Vista*, Mac OS X*, Windows* XP and Linux operating systems, as well as various applications. The company remains on track for 45nm production in the second half of this year.

Intel's Transistors Get a "High-k and Metal Gate" Makeover at 45nm

Intel is the first to implement an innovative combination of new materials that drastically reduces transistor leakage and increases performance in its 45nm process technology. The company will use a new material with a property called high-k, for the transistor gate dielectric, and a new combination of metal materials for the transistor gate electrode.

"The implementation of high-k and metal materials marks the biggest change in transistor technology since the introduction of polysilicon gate MOS transistors in the late 1960s," said Intel Cofounder Gordon Moore.

Transistors are tiny switches that process the ones and zeroes of the digital world. The gate turns the transistor on and off and the gate dielectric is an insulator underneath it that separates it from the channel where current flows. The combination of the metal gates and the high-k gate dielectric leads to transistors with very low current leakage and record high performance.

"As more and more transistors are packed onto a single piece of silicon, the industry continues to research current leakage reduction solutions," said Mark Bohr, Intel senior fellow. "Meanwhile our engineers and designers have achieved a remarkable accomplishment that ensures the leadership of Intel products and innovation. Our implementation of novel high-k and metal gate transistors for our 45nm process technology will help Intel deliver even faster, more energy efficient multi-core products that build upon our successful Intel Core 2 and Xeon family of processors, and extend Moore's Law well into the next decade."

For comparison, approximately 400 of Intel's 45nm transistors could fit on the surface of a single human red blood cell. Just a decade ago, the state-of-the-art process technology was 250nm, meaning transistor dimensions were approximately 5.5 times the size and 30 times the area of the technology announced today by Intel.

As the number of transistors on a chip roughly doubles every two years in accordance with Moore's Law, Intel is able to innovate and integrate, adding more features and computing processing cores, increasing performance, and decreasing manufacturing costs and cost per transistor. To maintain this pace of innovation, transistors must continue to shrink to ever-smaller sizes. However, using current materials, the ability to shrink transistors is reaching fundamental limits because of increased power and heat issues that develop as feature sizes reach atomic levels. As a result, implementing new materials is imperative to the future of Moore's Law and the economics of the information age.

Intel's High-k, Metal Gate Recipe for 45nm Process Technology

Silicon dioxide has been used to make the transistor gate dielectric for more than 40 years because of its manufacturability and ability to deliver continued transistor performance improvements as it has been made ever thinner. Intel has successfully shrunk the silicon dioxide gate dielectric to as little as 1.2nm thick - equal to five atomic layers - on our previous 65nm process technology, but the continued shrinking has led to increased current leakage through the gate dielectric, resulting in wasted electric current and unnecessary heat.

Transistor gate leakage associated with the ever-thinning silicon dioxide gate dielectric is recognized by the industry as one of the most formidable technical challenges facing Moore's Law. To solve this critical issue, Intel replaced the silicon dioxide with a thicker hafnium-based high-k material in the gate dielectric, reducing leakage by more than 10 times compared to the silicon dioxide used for more than four decades.

Because the high-k gate dielectric is not compatible with today's silicon gate electrode, the second part of Intel's 45nm transistor material recipe is the development of new metal gate materials. While the specific metals that Intel uses remains secret, the company will use a combination of different metal materials for the transistor gate electrodes.

The combination of the high-k gate dielectric with the metal gate for Intel's 45nm process technology provides more than a 20 percent increase in drive current, or higher transistor performance. Conversely it reduces source-drain leakage by more than five times, thus improving the energy efficiency of the transistor.

Intel's 45nm process technology also improves transistor density by approximately two times that of the previous generation, allowing the company to either increase the overall transistor count or to make processors smaller. Because the 45nm transistors are smaller than the previous generation, they take less energy to switch on and off, reducing active switching power by approximately 30 percent. Intel will use copper wires with a low-k dielectric for its 45nm interconnects for increased performance and lower power consumption. It will also use innovative design rules and advanced mask techniques to extend the use of 193nm dry lithography to manufacture its 45nm processors because of the cost advantages and high manufacturability it affords.

Penryn Family Will Bring More Energy Efficient Performance

The Penryn family of processors is a derivative of the Intel Core microarchitecture and marks the next step in Intel's rapid cadence of delivering a new process technology and new microarchitecture every other year. The combination of Intel's leading 45nm process technology, high-volume manufacturing capabilities, and leading microarchitecture design enabled the company to already develop its first working 45nm Penryn processors.

The company has more than 15 products based on 45nm in development across desktop, mobile, workstation and enterprise segments. With more than 400 million transistors for dual-core processors and more than 800 million for quad-core, the Penryn family of 45nm processors includes new microarchitecture features for greater performance and power management capabilities, as well as higher core speeds and larger caches. The Penryn family designs also bring approximately 50 new Intel SSE4 instructions that expand capabilities and performance for media and high-performance computing applications.

Apple Updates

$2 AirPort Extreme 802.11n Enabler for Core 2 Macs

If you have a Mac with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor (except the 17-inch, 1.83 GHz iMac) or a Mac Pro with AirPort Extreme, you can enable it to access an 802.11n* wireless network using the AirPort Extreme 802.11n Enabler software.

Price: $1.99

Many Mac computers with an Intel Core 2 Duo and all Mac Pro computers with AirPort Extreme can be enabled to access 802.11n-based wireless networks. If you purchased one of these Macs, you can use the AirPort Extreme 802.11n Enabler software to activate this advanced wireless capability.

Important note: The Enabler is included free with the new AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n. If you purchase a new AirPort Extreme Base Station, you do not need to purchase the Enabler separately.

These Macs have the 802.11n hardware built-in:

Do you need the AirPort Extreme 802.11n Enabler

Before purchasing the 802.11n Enabler software, check to make sure that your Mac does not already have the 802.11n enabler already installed.

  • Open Network Utility (found in the Applications > Utilities folder)
  • Under the Info Tab, choose Network Interface (en1)
  • In the section "Model: Wireless Network Adapter," if it says (802.11a/b/g/n), you already have the 802.11n enabler installed. If it says (802.11a/b/g), you do not have the 802.11n enabler installed.

How to install the AirPort Extreme 802.11n Enabler:

  1. Add the AirPort Extreme 802.11n Enabler to your shopping cart and complete your order.
  2. On the Order Confirmation page and email, you'll receive instructions and a URL for downloading the Enabler software.
  3. Click the download link, then locate the disk image (.dmg) file on your computer and double-click it.
  4. Double-click the AirPort Extreme 802.11n Enabler file and follow the onscreen steps to update your Mac.

Note: The software license for the 802.11n Enabler software allows you to install and use it on all computers under your ownership or control.

*Based on an IEEE 802.11n draft specification.

AirPort Extreme Update 2007-001

The perfect wireless solution for home, school, and business. As it blankets your space with a blazing-fast, secure wireless network, it opens up a world of possibilities for home entertainment, backups, printing, and more. With the AirPort Extreme Base Station, you and up to 50 of your friends, colleagues, or family members can enjoy a robust wireless network offering up to five times the performance and up to twice the range of networks created with the earlier 802.11g standard.

This update is recommended for all Intel-based Macintosh computers and provides compatibility with AirPort Extreme base stations and networks.

It addresses a security problem:

Impact: Attackers on the wireless network may cause system crashes

Description: An out-of-bounds memory read may occur while handling wireless frames. An attacker in local proximity may be able to trigger a system crash by sending a maliciously-crafted frame to an affected system. This issue affects the Core Duo version of Mac mini, MacBook, and MacBook Pro computers equipped with wireless. Other systems, including the Core 2 Duo versions are not affected. This update addresses the issue by performing additional validation of wireless frames. Credit to LMH for reporting this issue.

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.4.8
  • Intel-based Macintosh

System Support: Intel

Products

NewerTech Ships USB Universal Drive Adapter

USB 2.0 Universal Drive AdapterPR: Newer Technology, Inc. (NewerTech) has announced that it is shipping the NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter, the easiest and most cost-effective way to move data from your old hard drive to your new hard drive via USB Plug-N-Play.

Essential Tool for the Techie - Easily Moves Data

Priced at $24.95 (introductory pricing), the NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter is a USB adapter cable that gives a second life to switched-out hard drives, which can be used without buying expensive enclosures. Recently announced at Macworld Expo with sellout crowds and one of the largest sales volumes ever, the USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter allows any hard drive (2.5", 3.5", or 5.25") or optical drive (standard IDE/ATA/ATAPI 40 pin or Serial-ATA) to be connected via USB with any computer using Mac OS 9.2 or higher, Linux 2.4.X, or Windows 2000 or higher for the ultimate in usability. The adapter allows you to reuse old drives on an as needed basis for emergency access should a problem occur with a computer, and also lets you transfer data from drives removed from a failed computer.

USB 2.0 Universal Drive AdapterPopular with PC and Mac users alike, the USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter is perfect for file transfer after the upgrade of an internal hard drive, backing up and storing file archives, and accessing data and interfacing with stored backup drives. Truly universal, the USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter has been tested to work with all hard drive brands, including Maxtor, Seagate, IBM, Hitachi, Samsung, Western Digital, and Fujitsu; optical drive brands, including LG, Lite-On, Panasonic, Pioneer, Plextor, Sony, Teac, and Toshiba; and removable media drives, such as Iomega Zip. The adapter provides a USB 2.0 transfer speed of up to 480 Mbps and is also backwards compatible with USB 1.1.

With the proliferation of large digital video, music and photo files, storage is crucial for every computer user, who requires larger and larger hard drives than those that were originally shipped with their computers. After upgrading these drives, the question is how do you transfer your files from the old drives and what do you do with your old, still functioning storage drives. The NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter lets you easily transfer data between drives and then allows you to reuse old drives without the extra cost of enclosures, instead of just throwing the old drives out.

The NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter includes all hardware necessary for the plug-and-play of supported 2.5"/3.5"/5.25" storage devices to any Apple/Mac or PC with an available USB port. No software is required for the use of the adapter with a Apple/Mac computer with OS 8.6 or higher (including any version of OS X); a CD is included with the drivers required to use with Windows based systems. The NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter is available through exclusive distributor Other World Computing immediately for $24.95.

OWC Lowers Pricing on Mercury On-the-Go Portable Drives

PR: Other World Computing (OWC) has announced lowered pricing on its award-winning Mercury On-the-Go FireWire 400+USB 2.0 line, with new prices now starting at $114.99.

The OWC Mercury On-the-Go line offers up to 200 GB of data capacity in a reliable, performance solution that weighs less than 12 ounces. All FireWire models utilize the latest Oxford based bridge solutions and the best qualified drive mechanisms, to provide the best performance and reliability for demanding audio/video, backup, music, photo, and more!

All models are bootable via FireWire and/or USB 2.0 interfaces (system must support such boot option); are bus-powered, with no external power required; and are EMC/Dantz Retrospect Backup Certified. OWC Mercury On-the-Go portable external solutions include: all connecting cables; Intech HD Speedtools utility suite; Carrying Case; and a 1-Year OWC Warranty.

As a new software-bundling bonus, all OWC Mercury On-the-Go solutions now include the award-winning Prosoft DataBackup II for OS X(a $59.95 retail value) and the award winning NovaStor NovaBACKUP® for Windows (a $49.95 retail value). Both award-winning backup systems are full retail versions, including full retail support and the same technical support and version-update support as retail stand-alone versions.

The new prices for the Mercury On-the-Go 2.5" FireWire 400+USB2 line are as follows:

  • 40 GB 5400 rpm w/ 8 MB buffer, $114.99
  • 60 GB 5400 rpm w/ 8 MB buffer, $124.99 - a $5 Drop
  • 60 GB 7200 rpm w/ 8 MB buffer, $149.99 - a $10 Drop
  • 80 GB 5400 rpm w/ 8 MB buffer, $129.99 - a $10 Drop
  • 80 GB 7200 rpm w/ 8 MB buffer, $169.99 - a $10 Drop
  • 100 GB 5400 rpm w/ 8 MB buffer, $147.99 - a $12 Drop
  • 100 GB 7200 rpm w/ 8 MB buffer, $199.99 - a $10 Drop
  • 120 GB 5400 rpm w/ 8 MB buffer, $149.99 - a $20 Drop
  • 160 GB 5400 rpm w/ 8 MB buffer, $219.99 - an $18 Drop

If a USB 2.0 interface is not needed, Mercury On-the-Go 2.5" FireWire-only models of the above On-the-Go capacities are also available, and are priced $5-10 less than the combo FW+USB 2.0 version.

UPS Ground Delivery priced from only $2.95; 2nd Day Air within the US, $7.95 or less.

OWC Cuts Maxtor 500 GB Quickview Drive to $134

PR: At $133.99, Maxtor is great value for audio/video, backup, music, photos and more

Other World Computing has announced lowered pricing on the Maxtor Quickview 500 GB SATA I/II 3.0G Hard Drive. The Maxtor 500 GB Quickview, selling for $133.99, is an 7200 rpm , A/V class drive, with 16 MB buffer, and a 5-year warranty.

Featuring SATA I/II interface, the Maxtor 500 GB Quickview is perfect for audio/video, backup, music, photos, and more, holding up to 500 hours of standard video or 89 hours of high-definition video recording. With Quiet Drive Technology and High Definition Streaming Performance, the Maxtor 500 GB Quickview means high-capacity, reliable data transfer at lightning speed - a great drive for a great price.

Limit 5 per customer.

The Maxtor 500 GB Quickview brings Plug and Play ease of installation, via Internal SATA ports on PowerMac G5s, Mac Pro Quad Xeon, and PC Systems with SATA Host . Or, add a SATA PCI or PCI-Express controller card for SATA HD Support, priced from $49.99.

Maxtor 500 GB Quickview drives are brand new, backed by a full 5-year Seagate fulfilled Maxtor factory warranty.

UPS Ground Delivery is available for $4.50; or for $2.95 on orders totaling $149 or more. 2nd Day Air Delivery available for $7.95 on select orders of any value.

iPod Accessories

iConnect GM iPod Integration System

Imagine having 5000 songs as if they are all on one CD in your car radio. Well it's finally a reality with iConnect. iConnect is a range of Apple approved iPod integration systems and integration systems allowing you to play music off any USB storage devices without cutting wires or damaging delicate vehicle electronics.

iConnect

By operating directly through the in-vehicle communication protocol, iConnect for GM ensures you have total control of your iPod through your normal vehicle radio and steering wheel controls.

All Smart Park products are made from the highest quality components to exacting QS9000 and ISO9001 standards, SMART PARK products also have E-Mark (TUV) approval.

The iConnect GM iPod Integration system offers you complete iPod integration for almost every GM vehicle (2001-2007).

Developed by Zorg Industries Australia, in conjunction with Coastal Electronic Technologies, iConnect vehicle integration products are readily adaptable to suit both OEM and after-market requirements.

iConnect is an approved Apple device, retails for $249 with a three year warranty.

It is available through GM dealers.

SwimMan Waterproof iPod

PR: Yes, it IS possible. A waterproof MP3 player and matching waterproof headphones. No bulky case! In fact, there's no added case at all. Just the tunes you want, anytime and anywhere you want. We've combined two top-of-the-line products by two top-of-the-line companies: A 100% SwimMan waterproofed Apple's 1 GB iPod Shuffle (2nd generation) and SwimMan's 100% waterproof headphones.

This is a "go anywhere, do anything" MP3 player for all sports and leisure activities on land or in the water.* And, it is the easiest, simplest to use, best sounding, most rugged and most versatile MP3 Player on the market worldwide. We know you will be absolutely thrilled with an iPod that's waterproofed. It will enhance your swimming and water sports experience. This is the way your favorite tunes should be: limitless!

SwimMan is the originator of waterproof personal audio players and we have been producing them for over ten years starting with the first waterproof audio cassette and headset, then the first waterproof digital audio (MP3) player and now the first and only waterproof iPod.

This is a genuine 2nd Generation iPod Shuffle that SwimMan has waterproofed by its proprietary waterproofing technology. Because the waterproofing is made inside the Shuffle, no bulky, heavy case or other obstructive and unattractive covering over the iPod is required.

We only charge $75 for the shuffle alone. If you buy it at the store, it's close to $80. Oh, and did we mention that our shuffle is waterproof ? This is the only website where you'll be able to get an iPod that you can take into the water. It just makes more sense!

It's guaranteed 100% waterproofed from the inside-out. Take it to the pool, in the rain, to the snow, to the beach, or even in the shower. [*not for scuba use below ten feet] Both the shuffle and the headphones are waterproof. We're so confident in our product that it comes with a full warranty.

This package includes both the 2nd Generation Apple iPod Shuffle waterproofed by SwimMan and the SwimMan Waterproof Headset. Shuffle comes in original package with original accessories (charging dock, iPod earbuds, USB cable, manuals, warranty, etc.) Headset also comes with manual.

iPod Shuffle, 2nd Generation ($79 value)
SwimMan Waterproofing Technology ($100 value)
SwimMan Waterproof Headset ($100 value)
Total: $250.00

Product Details:

Shuffle:

  • Number of Songs: 250
  • Storage Capacity: 1 GB
  • Main Storage Type: Built-in Memory
  • Audio Formats: MP3, WAV, AAC, MP3 VBR, AIFF
  • MP3 Bit-Rate: 8 kbps - 320 kbps
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20,000 Hz
  • Interface: USB
  • Outputs: Headphone Jack
  • Power Supply: Rechargeable via USB cable, Internal Battery
  • Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium Battery
  • Battery Life: 12 hr.
  • Width: 1.62 in.
  • Depth: 0.41 in.
  • Height: 1.07 in.
  • Weight: 0.55 oz.
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Headset:

    No retro fit, glued over parts

  • Genuine 100% waterproof headphones.
  • Rugged "field tested" audio transducers - providing proven excellent, unsurpassed audio quality.
  • Solid state (no moving parts)

Package B

Package A + customized shuffle color!
iPod Shuffle, 2nd Generation ($75 value)
Customized Shuffle Color ($50 value)
SwimMan Waterproofing Technology ($75 value)
SwimMan Waterproof Headset ($100 value)
Total: $300

Waterproof iPod Shuffle Only

This package includes the 2nd Generation Apple iPod Shuffle waterproofed by SwimMan. Shuffle comes in its original packaging, with all original accessories (earbuds, dock, USB cable, manual).

Please be aware that the apple earbuds that originally come with the shuffle are not waterproof.

iPod Shuffle, 2nd Generation ($79 value)
SwimMan Waterproofing Technology ($100 value)
Total: $150.00

SwimMan Waterproof Headset Only

This purchase includes one (1) set of SwimMan Waterproof Headphones.

The headset utilizes our very rugged audio transducers - providing proven excellent, sound isolating, unsurpassed audio quality. This headset is comparable to the best headphones of any type on the market today, and ours are completely waterproof! Can be attached to your goggle strap or headband.

Please be advised that the purchase of these headphones do not make your existing MP3 player waterproof! If you'd like to take both your MP3 player and headset into the water, consider Package A (above).

Total: $100.00!

  • No retro fit, no glued over parts
  • Solid state (no moving parts)
  • Genuine 100% waterproof headphones.
  • Rugged "field tested" audio transducers - providing proven excellent, unsurpassed audio quality.

TuneTech for iPod 1.5

PR: TuneTech for iPod optimizes iPod performance, protects data, can defragment your iPod's hard drive and optimize your playlists for less wear-and-tear and better battery life. It also offers advanced management features including media surface scanning and volume testing and repairing capabilities to keep your iPod drive in tiptop condition. Additionally, TuneTech for iPod can erase files and volumes on your iPod securely for added security, and its Backup and Duplicate features allow you to create a backups of your music and data quickly and conveniently. If you ever accidentally delete songs, TuneTech for iPod's Undelete feature can recover them.

TuneTech for iPod (formerly Pod Genius) is the only comprehensive software utility geared specifically toward iPod users. Recover lost or damaged music, repair corrupted data structures, backup your iPod to an exact copy, permanently delete unwanted files, or optimize the file layout of your music. You've invested a lot into your iPod and music, with TuneTech™ for iPod®, you can be sure your iPod will faithfully perform and your investment is well-protected.

TuneTech for iPod features:

  • Backup: Make an exact clone of your iPod for safe keeping. This is the fastest way to backup all the music, pictures and files that are stored on your iPod. Use your backup as protection against data loss.
  • Optimize: Increase battery life and minimize wear-and-tear. Your songs get optimized by physically putting them in order on the drive in the order that you want to hear them, minimizing hard drive access and reducing the work your iPod has to do.
  • Repair: This is the solution if songs or play lists have become inaccessible due to software errors. If songs are missing or play erratically, repair immediately before running the risk of permanent data loss.
  • Undelete: Accidentally deleted music? Undelete quickly recovers them in perfect condition.
  • Shred: Permanently delete your songs and files from your iPod. Do your part to protect against music piracy... if you sell or donate your iPod, shred your music to prevent unauthorized use.
  • Duplicate: Make an exact copy of your iPod on another iPod - perfect when migrating all your data in one shot from your old iPod to a newer model.
  • Scan: Analyze your iPod's hard drive for media defects that can endanger the data on your iPod.
  • Info: Display detailed information about your iPod's hard drive to enable sophisticated troubleshooting.

Think of it as health care insurance for your iPod.

New in version 1.5:

  • Universal Binary application. Optimized for Intel Macs.
  • Streamlined user-interface on various features.
  • Auto-renamer feature allowing ease of identifying and reorganizing the salvaged tunes.
  • Duplicate feature allows cloning to more than a single destination.
  • Shredding feature allows selectable number of passes.

System requirements:

  • TuneTech for iPod Is optimized for:
    • Mac OS X 10.4.x Tiger
    • Mac OS X 10.3.x Panther
  • TuneTech does not support
  • iPod Shuffle or iPod nano
  • Tune Tech will only work with Macintosh formatted iPods.

TuneTech for iPod sells for $59.00, and can be downloaded in a Lite version or the Trial version, which has part of the feature set disabled.

The following features are disabled in the trial version:

  • Restore
  • Undelete
  • Recovery
  • Duplicate
  • Optimize
  • Repair and Rebuild

TuneTech for iPod is also available on CD.

Software

DoubleCommand Remaps Mac, PC Keyboards

PR: DoubleCommand is software for Mac OS X (a kernel extension) that lets you remap keys, in other words change the way your keyboard works. Often used to make a PC keyboard more comfortable with a Mac, swapping the Alt (Option) and Windows (Command or Apple) keys, since they are in swapped positions on Mac and PC keyboards. DoubleCommand is a quick and easy way to fix this if you use a PC keyboard with your Mac. Called DoubleCommand because originally it was used to give the old PowerBooks a second Command key, where there was an Enter key.

DoubleCommand started out as a hack of iJect, which was generously GPL'd by Christian Starkjohann. So go check out the great software he makes over at Objective Development www.obdev.at

As a result, DoubleCommand is released under v2 of the GPL. Please read the file Licence.txt for more information.

DoubleCommand 1.6.2 fixes two bugs: Command flags still active after using PC style home and end, and allows both shift keys to trigger the forward delete feature.

DoubleCommand is for Mac OS X only.

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Copilot Service: Remote Assistance Made Easy

PR: The Fog Creek Copilot service allows people to help their friends, relatives, and customers fix their computer problems by connecting to their computers via the Internet.

Unlike other remote assistance services, Fog Creek Copilot is secure, easy to use, works through virtually all home or office firewalls, and requires no installation or configuration.

The problem.

Ever tried to walk a friend, family member, or customer through the process of trying to diagnose, troubleshoot, and fix a computer problem over the phone, e-mail or via an online messenger?

Or, perhaps you're the one needing the computer help and are equally if not more frustrated with the situation, as you're the one without a working computer. Whether it's the back-and-forth waiting of an e-mail correspondence, the ambiguity of instant messages, or the frustrated tone in your helper's voice over the phone, having your computer fixed remotely is certainly not a pleasant experience.

Various utilities exist that allow one person to remotely connect to another's computer, but they're often cumbersome and use insecure, open connections, requiring complicated installations and configurations that are rarely worth the trouble. Even the simplest of these programs will not work through a corporate or home firewall installed with most broadband connections.

The solution.

Fog Creek Copilot is a simple and inexpensive service that allows friends, relatives, and customers to help each other solve their computer problems by letting one person temporarily connect to the computer of the other over the Internet. Fog Creek Copilot is inexpensive, fast, easy, secure, and works with any firewall or router without having anything to install or any settings to configure.

How to connect.

To Fix Someone's Computer

Go to www.copilot.com and enter your name into the homepage

Choose between purchasing a Day Pass, passing the payment on to the person you're helping, or test driving Fog Creek Copilot free for two minutes.

You are then given a link to the Fog Creek Copilot download and a 12-digit invitation code.

An invitation link can be automatically e-mailed to the person needing the help or you can read the invitation code over the phone instead.

Download the Fog Creek Copilot program by saving it to your desktop.

Run the program and wait for the other person to do the same.

To Have Your Computer Fixed

Wait for a Fog Creek Copilot e-mail or IM invitation, or for the helper to read you a 12-digit invitation code.

If you received an e-mail, click the included link. If instead you were given an invitation code, go to www.copilot.com and enter that code into the homepage.

If the helper chose for you to pay for the Fog Creek Copilot service, you will be prompted for payment.

You'll then be given a link to the Fog Creek Copilot download.

Download the Fog Creek Copilot program by saving it to your desktop.

Run the program and click "Yes", when prompted, to allow the helper to connect to your computer.

Using the Fog Creek Copilot service.

While connected as a helper, you see the desktop of the person you're helping in its own window. As you move your mouse within this window, the other's mouse pointer moves, and as you type, the text appears on both of your screens. A status bar on top of the window tells you how much time is left in the Day Pass. Troubleshoot and fix your family's, friends', coworkers', or customers' computers as if they were your own. Save time and energy by not having to physically be at the problematic computer.

If your computer is the one being fixed by a helper, you'll see a dialogue box that tells you about your connection and that has a button allowing you to kick off the helper at anytime. Sit back and watch as the helper navigates your computer, seeing exactly what the problem is and taking the necessary steps to fix it. The control isn't exclusive. At any time you too can move the mouse to point something out, or to press the disconnect button. You can also use your keyboard to type in a password, or locate a specific file for the helper.

There is nothing to install, no settings to configure, no usernames or passwords to remember, and no external factors to worry about. All Fog Creek Copilot requires is a 30-second or less download and you're ready to go. Everything is preconfigured to help the copilot and pilot connect hassle free.

Security.

Fog Creek Copilot uses 128-bit SSL encryption, the same type of security offered by major online retailers. The 12-digit invitation code ensures that only the helper who gave it is the one connecting to the computer needing the assistance. After disconnecting, the person being helped is given the option for Fog Creek Copilot to delete itself so that no further connections can be made without his or her permission.

It just works.

The Fog Creek Copilot connection is routed through our secure servers so it doesn't matter if either person, or both, are behind office or home firewalls. You can connect quickly and easily with no external settings to configure. Fog Creek Copilot just works.

No commitment or easy subscription.

With a Day Pass, no registration of any kind is required. Either party can pay for the service and both credit card and PayPal are accepted. Invitation codes are treated as Day Passes that last 24 hours from the time a connection is first established. While a Day Pass is active the helper can use the same invitation code to connect to as many computers as he or she wants, as many times as needed.

Subscriptions allow those who provide frequent support a more complete option. Signing up takes only a few minutes, after which connecting becomes even faster and easier. See www.copilot.com/signup/ for pricing plans - $5 for 24 hours.

The Fog Creek Copilot Test Drive lets a helper connect to a another computer for 2 minutes. See for yourself how reliable, fast, and easy-to-use Fog Creek Copilot really is.

Rush Limbaugh 24-7 Media Center Setup and User Guide for Mac OS X

PR: Rush Limbaugh offers the Rush 24-7 Media Center Setup and User Guide for Mac OS X

Downloading the Rush 24-7 Media Center

Note: If you currently have a prior version of the Rush 24-7 Media Center installed, you do not need to reinstall this software. Simply allow the program currently installed to run an auto-update to the new version. You will see the software briefly quit and restart itself . . . this is completely normal.

  • Go to the Rush Limbaugh website
  • Download the Rush 24-7 Media Center for Mac OS X

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.2 through 10.4
  • Internet Connection (DSL, cable, or better recommended)
  • iTunes 6, QuickTime 7, or Real Player 10 for audio MP3/video MP4 playback
  • iPod for audio MP3 playback
  • Video iPod for video MP4 playback
Link: RushLimbaugh.com
Link: The Rush 24-7 Media Center Setup and User Guide for Mac OS X (PDF)

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