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2:00PM

How to choose a new Second-hand Mac

In the last few weeks my computing experience has been completely changed. I have switched to Mac. So far i am enjoying the change and am glad i made it. But what about the people out there that can't afford a brand new Macintosh but want to give Mac a try? Well then there's eBay, and the exciting world of used Macs.

My first ever Macintosh (and all that have followed) have been purchased from eBay. I however made some crucial mistakes when buying my first ever Mac and want to help people to make the right decisions when buying a new Used Mac.

The main feature of the Mac is the operating system, and to have a positive computing experience on any platform, you need to have hardware that will run the operating system properly, i.e. Without crashes, SBBODs (Spinning Beach Ball of Death) and BSODs. And of course you have to have hardware that will run the OS at a reasonable and hopefully fast pace.

This was where i made my first wrong decision when buying my first Macintosh computer. The first Mac that i bought was an iMac G3 (400MHz Indigo) and it did not run OS X at all well. I faced problems everyday such as SBBODs, startup problems (no spinner) and general lack of performance. Not surprising since the iMac G3 was designed and shipped with Mac OS 9.

So my recommendation to buyers of Used Macs is to never, ever buy a G3 system with the hope of using it as a main machine. G3s were never designed for OS X and in my opinion to run OS X properly you should have a G4. My reasoning is this - G4 systems i.e. The PowerMac G4, G4 Cube, iMac G4 e.t.c will always come with better specs than the G3s. The one exception to this may be the PowerMac G3 as this particular system came with 16MB VRAM compared to the 8MB on most but not all iMac G3s. To stay on the safe side for a less technical user i would recommend a G4 or above.

My next Mac was an eMac G4 (1.42GHz, 1GB RAM) which had enough power and VRAM to run the OS a lot better. So from my experience i learned that never should you trust an iMac G3 as a main system. They may look very nice, but they certainly don't run OS X well at all. I hope you enjoyed my bit on choosing a second hand mac.

5:40PM

Apple’s App Store got to 1.5 billion downloads

The App Store is like nothing the industry has ever seen before in both scale and quality,” said Steve Jobs, who couldn’t resist adding a small dig at the competition. “With 1.5 billion apps downloaded, it is going to be very hard for others to catch up.”

One of the factors feeding the App Store’s growth  and in turn being fed by it  is the size of the installed base: 40 million iPhones and iPod touches according to Tuesday’s release, a number likely to grow when Apple announces its fiscal third quarter earnings next week.

The other is the variety and sheer quantity of applications to choose from  65,000 according to Apple’s press release, 58,000 of them in the U.S. App Store, and another 7,000 in the App Store’s 70-plus overseas branches.

Logic would suggest that this breakneck growth can’t continue forever. But the rate of downloads took off late last year and, as the slope of the curve below suggests, hasn’t slowed since.

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5:27PM

How to Jailbreak your iPod Touch 1st Gen Using QuickPWN

     I recently Jailbroke my iPd touch and decided to make a tutorial on how to do so. You can download the 2.2.1 Firmware HERE and you can download QuickPWN HERE

Thanks,

Gabe

 

1:56PM

Powermat To Release This Fall!

Have you ever wished about a mat that can charge your everyday essentials? The Powermat is just that! The Powermat was showcased at CES this year and to my surprise, it didn't receive as much popularity as I would of thought. It was kind of passed by and wasn't given the time it needed for the full understanding of the product.

The Powermat is a mat that charges most of your wireless accessories without having to plug them into the wall. For example, you can put your ipod on a dock and it would charge. It's easy to forget to charge something overnight and realize it the next morning or you cant find the charging cable. All you need for the Powermat is a wall outlet!

The North America product line features a family, travel and a home office package. Each package has unquie features that come with it.

Family: Can charge 6 devices at once, has a USB slot for a 7th device and has a storage tray.

Travel: Can charge 3 devices at once, has a USB slot for a 4th device and folds down for easy storage and includes a carrying case.

Office: Can charge 3 devices at once, has a USB slot for a 4th device.

 

 

For more information about the Powermat, check out www.pwrmat.com or www.powermatusa.com!

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1:08AM

LG Chocolate 4 (BL40) leaks on video.

The LG Chocolate is a very popular cell phone on the market. It was on of the first popular music phones to hit the market. Now a new Chocolate model (LG BL40) will be hitting the market.

The new LG Chocolate leaked out this weekend, and it has many changes in store. The previous LG Chocolate models were mainly music feature based. Now the LG Chocolate will have a major overhaul, so now it seems that it will become a smartphone. So it may have other phone makers like Samsung, RIM, Sony Ericsson, and others having a run for their money.

New Features

There are many new features in the LG Chocolate 4. First, it will ditch the slider/flip design and go to a design like many touch screen smart phones, a large screen on the front, and a dew extra buttons. Now when I mean large I mean LARGE. The LG BL40 will have a 4 inch touchscreen with scratch proof glass, which makes the Chocolate 4 look very big. With the new design comes a new flash based active user interface. It will come with the standard fare of smart phone features, like a scheduler, email, etc. It will feature 7.2 mpbs HSDPA internet browsing with Wi-Fi. Also new is A-GPS, multi touch, and a 5MP camera with a active shooting UI.

Now it is not known if the LG Chocolate 4 will come to Verizon or not. LG has said that the LG BL40 will be coming some time this year.

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