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iBook Bursts Into Flames, Dell's Mac OS Support, Turn Your 'Book Into a Virtual Light Saber, and More

This Week's Mac Notebook News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2006.06.02

This Week's MacBook, PowerBook, and iBook News

Sometimes Mac news tends toward the weird. Like Dell listing Mac OS support for their notebook. Or software that turns any 'Book with a sudden motion sensor into a virtual Jedi light saber. Or someone's iBook inexplicably bursting into flames.

On the side of progress, the MacBook Pro thermal paste issue is being resolved, the MacBook is getting more positive press, and FasterMac has a new line of affordable, high-capacity batteries for aluminum PowerBooks.

All this and much more in today's 'Book Review. dk

All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.

General Apple and Mac desktop news is covered in The Mac News Review. News about Apple's transition to Intel CPUs and other Intel developments is covered in The Macintel Report.

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News & Opinion

Cooling Your MacBook Pro May Be Easier Than You Think

Ars Technica's Tanya Klowden reports:

"If you ask people what they think about the MacBook Pro, currently the flagship of Apple's portable computing line, you'll get comments about its powerful processor and impressive speed, its ability to dual-boot OS X and Windows, and - if the person actual[ly] owns one - probably some complaints about how danged hot the thing gets. While some have looked to Apple to remedy the problem, others have taken matters into their own hands and gotten some noticeable results.

"The short version of the story so far is that earlier users who cracked open their cases found bountiful amounts of thermal paste (which conducts the heat away from the processor to, in this case, everything else) and, when they reapplied said paste correctly saw significant temperature decreases.

"James Duncan Davidson of O'Reilly's MacDevCenter recently explored the issue, disassembling his own MacBook Pro, removing and reapplying paste, measuring the effects, and laboriously documenting all the details as he went. In the end, after of all the effort, he got a (drumroll, please) 2 degree temperature reduction!"

Link: Cooling Your MacBook Pro May Be Easier Than You Think

The Thermal Paste Question

O''s James Duncan Davidson reports:

"The MacBook Pro is an awesome machine....

"However, there are a few niggling problems with the first rev of the Intel-powered portable, one of which (and probably the most bothersome) is the amount of heat it produces. In fact, although we call it a laptop, it's not very usable for extended periods of time on your lap.

"There are many MacBook Pro owners who have taken matters into their own hands, . . . and finding an excess of thermal paste between the main chips on the logic board and the thermal pipes that transfer heat safely away....

"Since I was willing to try anything to cut the heat being transferred into my lap from my MacBook Pro, I decided to give it a try as well...."

Link: MacBook Pro: The Thermal Paste Question

Dell Support Sites Lists Mac OS

The Register's Tony Smith reports:

"Boy has this one got people pondering the possibilities. Dell's support site for its Latitude X1 'ultra-portable' notebook includes 'Apple Mac OS' among the list of operating systems for which users can download drivers and utilities."

Link: Dell Support Sites Lists Mac OS Notebook Downloads

iBook Bursts Into Flames's Tuan Nguyen says:

"Quality control at Apple continues to go down hill

"Reports are surfacing that laptop batteries have become a cause for concern. A report on CBS-affiliate WCCO talks about how a boy's Apple G4 iBook burst into flames. Dave Brown, an 11-year old boy left his iBook in the living room only to find that the carpet beneath the laptop had started to melt when he returned. In fear, his parents took the laptop outside only to find it in flames several minutes later. Other users on Apple's discussion boards have reported that their power adapters have caught on fire and even the FireWire ports on some units....

"Throughout Apple's own discussion boards, posts are abundant about Apple's recent quality control woes. Last weekend, an organized call center flood was organized by many Apple customers in an attempt to get Apple's attention about problems existing with products...."

Link: Apple's iBook Bursts Into Flames

Motion Sensor Malarkey Gets Useful

The Register's Tony Smith says:

"If you thought the motion sensor in Apple's MacBook Pro and MacBook laptops was only there to help protect your hard drive from accidental drops, or to do silly things like Star Wars lightsabre emulation, think again. Someone's come up with an application that's actually useful: screen control."

Link: MacBook Motion Sensor Malarkey Gets Useful

SmackBook Pro

Medallia Blog's Erling Ellingsen says:

"I usually keep two 20" screens side by side on my desk, so I can code on one and test on the other. I find I can work much faster if I can just make a change in Eclipse, and by the time I turn my head to the other screen, the tests have already run. My new laptop, however, has a 15" screen, which feels a bit cramped when I'm working away from the office. I've been using the fancy Desktop Manager by Richard Wareham, which is a very nice utility to let you keep several virtual desktops, and change between them easily.

"Of course, if you're using something like Emacs or Butler, all your keys will be taken already, so you'll need to use some sort of Command-Ctrl-Shift-4 keystroke for the actual desktop switching.

"Turns out, the laptop has a built-in motion sensor. Nominally, it's there to protect the internal hard drive. The basic idea is this: If the accelerometer suddenly notices that the gravitational pull of earth is no longer present, the most likely explanation is that the laptop, sensor and all, is currently accelerating at 9.81 m/s towards said earth. In that case, it will (wisely) try to turn the hard drive off in preparation for impact.

"It can, however, also be used in situations not involving lobbing the laptop across the room, fun though that may be."

Link: SmackBook Pro


MacBook Is Apple of This Windows User's Eye

Connected Home's Paul Thurrott says:

MacBook"I particularly value the MacBook's screen. Like many PC notebooks, the MacBook uses the so-called 'glossy' screen type, which enhances contrast but often creates glare, depending on the lighting. However, unlike all the glossy screens I've seen to date, the Apple screen manages to offer incredibly high contrast with a minimum of glare. Indeed, if you're looking directly at the screen, there's almost never any glare. It's one of the prettiest screens I've ever seen....

"The MacBook comes with Apple's reliable Mac OS X and the highly recommended iLife suite of digital-media applications, which are without peer in the Windows world. That said, one of the first things I did when I got the MacBook was download and install Boot Camp, Apple's dual-boot utility that lets you install - get this - Windows XP on any of the company's Intel-based Macs....

"I've thrown my entire collection of always-installed applications at the MacBook, and the performance has been incredible, quite a bit better than any of the low-end Windows notebooks I've tried over the years....

"What I'm left with is the ultimate 'best of both worlds' scenario, at least in the tech industry. The MacBook is a dual-booting sensation, capable of offering the best of both Mac OS X and XP, regardless of which I need. I've moved my email over to the machine, so I'll be using it regularly going forward....

"Overall, Apple has a winner on its hands...."

Link: New MacBook Is Apple of This Windows User's Eye

MacBook 'Very Solid and Chic'

PowerPage's Neal Hoskins reports:

PowerBook 2400c"My Apple notebook history is as follows: PowerBook 190, 2400c, Pismo, G4 Titanium, 12-inch iBook and now shipped all the way from Shanghai (in four days) to the UK, an Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz lovely whiter-than-white MacBook (80 GB/1 GB).

"First up that AppleDesign look and feel. The MacBook is very solid and chic, and with the thinner look everything is tighter more slim and solid (though I think that many reviewers will swoon over any fresh-out-of-the-box Mac.)....

"The feature packed MacBook blurs the line considerably between the consumer and pro models, unless you are a hardcore gamer that is. Ever since I 'downgraded' when I swapped my PB G4 Titanium for a 12-inch iBook I've been quite happy with Apple's consumer-level notebooks."

Link: Review: MacBook 13.3-Inch

MacBook Muscular But Lean

Macsimum News' Dennis Sellers reports:

"Apple's new MacBook is another fine entry in the company's rejuvenated laptop line . . . Although, as with the Mac mini, I'm not crazy about the integrated graphics chip, the price points are (mostly) sweet and the line includes many of the features of the MacBook Pro line.

"...Even more impressive is the fact that, like their big brothers, every new MacBook also includes built-in 10/100/1000 BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed networking, combination analog and optical digital audio input and output ports, and a mini-DVI video output to connect up to a 23-inch Apple Cinema HD Display....

"For the most part, the MacBooks fly. However, the bottleneck is the graphics chip. The MacBook's Intel graphics processor sports 64 MB of DDR2 SDRAM that's shared with the main memory. There's quite a bit of debate about this, but, it seems to me to be a step down from the iBooks....

"Overall, I like the glossy screen. it's bright and crisp, and images and text look great. However, from the side, the brightness level drops off noticeably, and the glossy screen reflects glare from ambient light sources more than the "normal" laptop screen, so using it outdoors is tricky....

"Unfortunately, Apple's dropped the ball in the way it fills the RAM slots. The MacBook comes with both RAM slots filled (256 MB in each). Lots of folks will want to add more memory and so half the existing RAM ends up wasted."

Link: MacBook Muscular But Lean

Products and Services

TruePower Affordable High Capacity Batteries for Aluminum PowerBooks

graphPR: FastMac has announced it has begun shipping TruePower laptop batteries for all models of the PowerBook G4 Aluminum (12", 15", and 17"). The TruePower Aluminum PowerBook G4 batteries start at $99.95 and offer up to 21% more capacity than the original.

All customers that placed preorders through the company's website will receive their shipments in the next few days. The TruePower batteries are engineered using the highest quality, highest capacity Lithium cells available. FastMac utilizes custom form factors and materials to achieve a superior fit and finish, matching the original battery while increasing capacity. Each battery is individually tested and includes safety features to protect against overcharge, short circuit, and power surges.

All TruePower laptop batteries come with a 1-year warranty and 30 day money back guaranty. FastMac offers a variety of high-quality and high-capacity batteries for: PowerBook G4 Titanium, iBook (all models), and PowerBook G3 (Wallstreet, Lombard and Pismo).

TruePower batteriesThe TruePower batteries start at $99.95 and offer up to 56% more capacity than the original. Select models including the PowerBook G4 Titanium and Aluminum (12", 15" and 17") are now shipping.

Compatibility & Pricing

  • PowerBook G4 Titanium $99.95
  • PowerBook G4 Aluminum 12" $99.95
  • PowerBook G4 Aluminum 15" $99.95
  • PowerBook G4 Aluminum 17" $119.95
  • PowerBook G3 (1998) Wallstreet $99.95
  • PowerBook G3 (2000) Pismo $119.95
  • iBook G3 Clamshell $99.95
  • iBook G3 & G4 12" $99.95
  • iBook G3 & G4 14" $99.95
Link: FastMac

QuickerTek Upgrades Apple AirPort Base Stations

PR: Apple AirPort Base Station users can now get five times the wireless performance. QuickerTek announces an upgrade to Apple AirPort Base Stations that will provide up to five times the wireless range at full signal strength than the stock Base Station. There are two options: either send your Base Station to QuickerTek for the upgrade ($200), or buy one already upgraded from QuickerTek ($350).

This new Base Station upgrade offers 500 milliwatts (27dBm) of RF (wireless) power. Compared to less than 50 milliwatts of RF power found in most Base Stations, this upgrade makes a huge difference in not only your ability to sit further away from the Base Station, but also in retaining a strong and full-speed signal. No changes in setup or working with the upgraded Base Station are necessary. You simply turn on the power and instantly you can distance your computer from the Base Station.

The upgrade is available for all Apple AirPort Base Stations (except the graphite model) and includes AirPort Extreme.

The upgrade option for your Base Station is shipped back to you the same day it is received. You decide what shipping options you need. Customers pay for shipping into QuickerTek and QuickerTek pays return ground shipping to the customer.

Customers who do not own a Base Station may choose to simply purchase an already-upgraded Base Station from QuickerTek. The cost is $350 plus shipping.

Rick Estes, QuickerTek president said, "The Base Station upgrade is so simple to buy and use that most Mac users will find it is by far the easiest way to instantly gain huge wireless performance. Now you can move way down the hallway or even sit outdoors and still use your land line broadband Internet connection over wireless - and at full speed. Our initial feedback has been that some customers do not want to add antennas or use other installed products to get better wireless, and this Base Station upgrade removes all of the nerdy setup and installation worries. 'Fast and easy' is what these customers have told us they want and we've delivered," Estes stated.

Like most QuickerTek products, the upgrade is backed with a one-year warranty on parts and labor. The warranty on Base Stations sold already upgraded is 90 days.

QuickerTek has been a recognized leading innovator of antennas and RF products for Apple Power Macintosh, iMac, PowerBook, iBook and MacBook Pro computers. QuickerTek products can be purchased online and from authorized dealers.

Link: AirPort Base Station Upgrade

AppleSac Sleeve for Apple MacBook, PowerBook, and iBook

PR: The AppleSac is notebook protection worthy of the Apple MacBook, PowerBook and iBook.

While Apple users enjoy the slim, sleek build of its notebooks, they often buy a bulky, uninspiring case to protect it. AppleSacs are designed for Apple users who want to provide protection for their MacBooks, PowerBooks and iBooks without sacrificing style.

AppleSac SleeveOriginal, efficient, and simple, AppleSacs are engineered to be used as solo protection, or combined with a briefcase or backpack. AppleSacs feature a front pocket that perfectly fits CCs, DVDs, or your power adapter. AppleSacs are top loading for easy access and are held securely shut with 6 inches of Velcro.

This stylish and functional sleeve is made of burlap and fleece. Its rugged surface is engineered to handle the rough world while its inside provides gentle, scratch-free protection for your Apple's surface. This unique sleeve is discrete and acts as a theft deterrent (no one associates burlap with a notebook).

Protect your cherished computer in either Idaho or pink burlap, or fleece, fur, or terry cloth sleeves. Your notebook will rest safely under the wraps of one of these cases.


Link: AppleSac

LapGenie Lap Desk Laptop Stand

PR: The LapGenie is a new portable lap desk that puts an end to the sore wrists and neck that prolonged laptop use can cause, and adds value to your laptop computer by vastly improving your comfort while using it. Light, yet strong, the LapGenie corrects the poor ergonomics of laptop computers by allowing users to infinitely adjust the height and angle of their laptops.

LapGenieLapGenie Lap Desk Features

The basic design of the laptop computer (keyboard attached to the screen) forces laptop users to adopt uncomfortable positions. No matter where a laptop is used (on a desk, in bed, on the floor, etc.), users must crane their necks due to improper screen height, or strain their wrists due to improper keyboard angle, or both. The LapGenie lap desk is specifically designed to address both of these key ergonomic shortcomings. The LapGenie addresses these concerns by allowing laptop users to infinitely adjust the height and angle of their computers.

To insure maximum strength, durability, light weight and fully expanded/storage size ratio, LapGenie is made of aircraft quality anodized aluminum.

hardwareAdjustable Angle and Height

This is the most important LapGenie feature. No matter where you want to use your laptop, the LapGenie will make you more comfortable. The range of adjustment is amazing.

When you want to use your laptop or read in bed, adjust the LapGenie so that it straddles your waist. Simply elevate and adjust the angle and you can work comfortably flat on your back. The LapGenie holds the screen above you and you can adjust the angle so that your wrists rest comfortably on the keyboard.

With the height of the front edge of the LapGenie set to 0" (legs folded flat), the LapGenie becomes a desktop laptop support. You can adjust the angle of your laptop so that the screen is elevated and the keyboard tilted up. This provides welcome relief to your neck and wrists.

LapGenieSelf-supporting Lap Desk

The LapGenie will hold up to 10 lb. guaranteed, no problem.

Certain other portable laptop desks or support devices employ the user's legs as their support. In other words, your legs wind up supporting not only the weight of the laptop, but the weight of the lap desk, as well. If you shift position to try and get more comfortable, the computer shifts, too.

Other than improper height and angle, the weight of a laptop pressing down on the legs and the transfer of heat are the main reasons laptop use in bed or on a couch quickly becomes a chore.

The versatility of the LapGenie is enhanced by its strength. Even plastic lap desks that are self-supporting cannot match the strength-to-weight ratio of aluminum.

Materials, Weight, and Dimensions

Clearly, weight is a factor when you are taking your laptop on the road. When your computer, extra batteries, and other paper work already make for a heavy bag, why would you want to add another 5 lbs. of plastic lap desk ?

LapGenieWhile the LapGenie is capable of supporting 30 pounds, it only weighs 1.7 pounds itself.

For transportation or storage, the LapGenie is 3" at its thickest point (leg assembly). The rest of it is basically the work surface tapering down to 1/2"


While other portable laptop desks may fit in your laptop case, there often isn't a whole lot of room left over for the laptop and all of its attendant cables, drives, and extra batteries.

When folded, the thickest point of the LapGenie (the folded and tucked-away legs) is 3". The rest of it (basically the work surface), is thinner than a piece of cardboard.

Since it's made of aluminum, you can stow a LapGenie in your bag with your computer, and then cram the lot of it into an overhead compartment with no worries about breaking your portable laptop desk.


Instead of adding neoprene material to the work surface, which would mean more weight and a the possibility of tears, the LapGenie relies on the physics of gravity and the laptop's own nonskid feet to prevent slippage.

Since the LapGenie's surface is always tilted up to improve the angle of the keyboard, the lip at the bottom of the work surface is sufficient to keep a laptop (or book) from slipping off. The LapGenie comes with a rubber bumper that is applied to the lip of the work surface when you receive your LapGenie - the only assembly required! This bumper improves the lip's grip on your laptop even more.

LapGenieOriginal LapGenie

Specifically designed to fit in a Laptop case, the original LapGenie's work surface measures 14" wide and 10" deep. The Original LapGenie has 12 positions that take the front edge from flat (0") to 12" high, the largest range of adjustment of any portable work surface on the market.

As the LapGenie is raised higher, the feet widen to improve stability. At Position 1, the Original LapGenie's legs are 14 1/2 " apart, at Position 5 they are 19" apart, and at Position 12 they are 21 1/2" apart.

The Original LapGenie is available in four colors: Black, Gray, Blue and Purple.

LapGenie XL

LapGenie XLA few Original LapGenie owners wished for a little more leg width in the middle positions to make the LapGenie a more comfortable fit for them. The LapGenie XL addresses that concern by adding an inch to the work surface width (15"). This translates into an extra 2" of spread at the feet and an extra inch of Maximum height (13").

At Position 1, the LapGenie XL's legs are 16 1/2 " apart, at Position 5 they are 21" apart, and at Position 12 they are a full 2' apart. The best way to tell if you should order an XL is to kick back on your favorite couch or bed and measure the outside width of your thighs midway between your knee and hip. If your thighs are more than 19" wide, go with the XL.

The LapGenie XL is currently available in black and gray.

Unconditional Money Back Guarantee and a lifetime Warranty. Should you find that the LapGenie does not fulfill your needs, simply send it back within 30 days of purchase. (Freight charges are not refundable.).

Price: $139 and up.

Link: LapGenie


MenuTemperature Continuously Measures Your Mac's CPU Temperature

PR: For English and German users, this final release is virtually identical to beta 9. The Dutch localization has been updated (thanks amonre!), however.

The 1.0 series of MenuTemperature is supposed to be a minimalist, does-the-job release. That is, it doesn't come with a lot of features, but it completely fulfills my original requirements - and more.

For those who haven't been following or are new to this site, MenuTemperature is a small Mac OS X utility for measuring your computer's CPU temperature. It provides the 10-minute average of measured values as well, and lets you set the frequency (interval) at which gauging takes place. The current value is displayed prominently in the menu bar, as a status item, although you can decrease the font size if you find it too distracting, or if it simply takes away too much space. Either Celsius or Fahrenheit values can be displayed.

For MacBook Pro owners, SpeedIt, a third-party kernel extension is used, because access to CPU temperature values is not currently otherwise possible.

MenuTemperature supports Sparkle, which means you don't have to worry much about missing out on new versions - you are notified, get to read the release notes if you wish, and can automatically have it download the new version and restart the application, making the often-tedious process of keeping your software up-to-date rather seamless. Or, you can manually check my Projects page, which will always point out the latest versions.

Obviously, quite a few features are planned for the future, so if you have ideas, they may already be in the works - nonetheless, I do of course highly value any feedback. Positive, negative, but hopefully constructive. Tech support is primarily handled, too, through the comments field below - keep in mind that your question (and answers to it) may be of interest to other readers as well. That said, you may, of course, contact me in private, but I cannot guarantee any response times at all.

MenuTemperature only works with machines of users who have provided me with information on how to retrieve the temperature values. If your machine isn't currently compatible with MenuTemperature (there's a high probability of that!), I rely on your feedback. Usually, that boils down to reporting the results of ioreg -lw 0 and sysctl -a to me, as well as the machine code (which you can retrieve from System Profiler, and will look something like MacBookPro1,1). Again, I can only do this by getting this information from actual owners of the machines!

System requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or later, iMac G5 Rev. A, Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors), Power Mac G5 or MacBook Pro.

System support: PPC/Intel


Link: MenuTemperature

MacSaber 1.0

PR: MacSaber 1.0 Final has been released. This new version includes support for iBooks and PowerBooks equipped with SMS. It also includes a "Check for updates" menu item and debug output if you are having problems (the report button is not yet available).

Developer's note: Now that you've spent entirely too much money on your fancy sudden motion sensor equipped Mac laptop, I predict you'll soon be swinging it around like a loon.

Introducing MacSaber. Using your Mac's sudden motion sensor, this software turns your computer into a Jedi weapon almost worthy of taking on the real thing by making authentic lightsaber sound effects. It senses speed for the lightsaber movement sounds and acceleration for different levels of striking sounds.

New in version 1.0:

  • Added debug output pane
  • Added PowerBook and iBook compatibility

System requirements:

Mac OS X 10.4 or later, sudden motion sensor-equipped MacBook, MacBook Pro, iBook, or PowerBook.

Compatibility notes:

iBook: SMS only exists on iBooks built after July 26, 2005. These iBooks are either 1.33 GHz or 1.42 GHz. All 1.42 GHz iBooks have SMS. Only 1.33 GHz iBooks with a scrolling trackpad, 512 MB RAM (stock), and 40 GB HDD (stock) have SMS.

PowerBook: SMS only exists on PowerBooks built after January 31, 2005. These PowerBooks are either 1.5 GHz or 1.67 GHz. All 1.67 GHz PowerBooks have SMS. All 1.5 GHz PowerBooks without backlit keyboard have SMS. 1.5 GHz PowerBooks with both backlit keyboard and the 8X SuperDrive have SMS.

System support: PPC/Intel


Link: MacSaber

Tech Trends

Acer Adds Dual-core CPUs to Ferrari Notebooks

'ard Reg reports:

"Acer has quietly rolled out a pair of Ferrari-branded notebooks, adding the 1000 and 5000 series to the 4000 line the company already offers. The new models are based on AMD's Turion 64 X2 dual-core mobile processors.

"The 5000 is a black and red carbon-fibre clad machine with a 15.4in widescreen display equipped with a 1.3-megapixel webcam....

"Buyers looking for a smaller machine should take a look at the Ferrari 1000, a 12.1in model equipped with ATI's integrated Radeon Xpress 1150 chipset."

Link: Acer Adds Dual-core CPUs to Ferrari Notebooks

Bargain 'Books

Bargain 'Books are used unless otherwise indicated. New and refurbished units have a one-year Apple warranty and are eligible for AppleCare.

There are two different versions of WallStreet running at 233 MHz, the cacheless MainStreet version and the later Series II with a level 2 cache. It's not always possible to determine from the vendor's listing which is being offered, so we've included links within this paragraph to the two models. The same goes for the PowerBook G4/667 (VGA) and G4/667 (DVI), the titanium vs. aluminum 15" PowerBook G4 at 1 GHz, and 1.25 GHz to 1.5 GHz 15" PowerBooks.

PowerBook and iBook profiles linked in our Portable Mac Index.


TechRestore is offering a $25 discount to 'Book Review readers off any PowerBook or iBook in stock. Just enter the code CWM during checkout when ordering online. The coupon code is valid from now through 2007.12.31.

  • used 12" iBook G4/800, 256/30/Combo, 6-Month Warranty/30-Day Refund, $579.99
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  • used 15" PowerBook G4/667 VGA, 256/20/Combo, $575

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Apple Store

  • refurb 12" PowerBook G4/1.33 GHz, 256/60/Combo, APX, $1,049
  • refurb 17" PowerBook G4/1.5 GHz, 512/80/SuperDrive, APX, $1,699
  • refurb 17" PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz, 512/100/SuperDrive, APX, BT 2.0, $1,849
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