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Apple iBook catches fire in Japan

August 29th, 2006
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Recently, Apple has announced that its is going to make an world wide recall of laptop batteries that are known to have some over heating problem. Maybe their time was good, because the problems started to appear.

In Japan, an incident with a PowerMac has lead to the local authorities requesting action from Apple. A laptop has been reported to catch fire due to overheating.

According to chron.com:

Japan’s trade ministry ordered Apple’s Japan branch to report on its findings and measures to prevent future troubles by Sept. 5 or it could face a fine of up to 300,000 yen ($2,570) under Japan’s consumer safety laws.

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Using the overheating MacBook as a toaster

July 14th, 2006
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Have you ever used you macbook for a few minutes over you lap, just to blame Steve Jobs an Apple for creating such a hot machine (in the wrong sense)! You are not alone. Many people have discovered that a MacBook can run very hot if you use some processor-intensive applications.

To prove this with a real-world experiment, some smart guys proposed to cook their own lunch using the MacBook. In this way, you can benefit from the overheating problem by reducing your light bill…
The instructions are show in a video, and in the following recipe:

1. Get a macbook and turn it over so the screens over the edge of your desk/counter (shown in picture)
2. Run your favorite process intensive program to get it to heat up
3. Some tinfoil on uper left part of the laptops underside (the hottest part of the macbook
4. Put your cup of coffee on the power supply to keep it warm
5. Cook your egg on the tinfoil, it will take longer than normal
6. Enjoy your breakfast
7. Now you know the secret of the overheating notebook

Link via TechBlog

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Firefox 2.0 available for Mac

July 13th, 2006
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For those who love to use Firefox on Mac, a great news is out today. The newest beta of the version 2.0 of Firefox is available for the download pleasure of Mac fans.

The new version has several improvements, such as better security, search suggestions in the search box, spell checking on text box (finally catching up with Safari…) reopening of closed tabs…

Go and grab it fast!

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Mac OS X versus Windows: Is Vista Enough?

July 12th, 2006
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An ongoing discussion in the osx86project delves into the comparison of Mac OS X and the long waited version of Microsoft Windows: Windows Vista.

Most people in the thread believe that the main weakness of Vista as an operating system is exactly its inheritance. It has to provide even the same bugs that many preceding versions of Windows had. As one of the commentator said:

If Microsoft had a clue about operating systems, they would have thrown Windows out with the trash and started with a clean slate. Then they should have simply followed an OS X or NeXTSTEP-like architecture pattern. Specifically, they should have started with a well developed, secure Unix-like operating system, like a BSD, then bought something like BeOS for the GUI, and added some advanced Cocoa-like application development environment and perhaps a high performance kernel like maybe L4.

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Comparison of Web browsers for Apple

July 12th, 2006
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A very nice article comparing the pros and cons of the major Web browsers for the Mac platform was produced by the guys at MacIntalk.

Among the conclusions, is that the browsers based on WebKit are much more efficient and standard compliant in some web pages than browsers based on Gecko.

This somewhat confirms my personal view of the issue. Firefox is great on Windows for lack of other options, but it still doesn’t beat Safari on the Mac OS X. I just wished Safari had a decent implementation editable areas… Hopefully this will be released soon.

Link via MacIntalk

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