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This week marks the second anniversary of our Take Control project, so we celebrate with a 50 percent-off sale and a look at how we’ve done. In Apple news, Geoff Duncan covers Apple’s new PowerBook and Power Mac G5 models, and Jeff Carlson gives an overview of Aperture. Glenn Fleishman stays wireless with looks at Salling Clicker 3.0 and the back-room battles surrounding the next wireless standard: 802.11n. We also include brief bits on preventing hard drive sleep, encoding video for the iPod, and the slow demise of the eMac.

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eMac Fades Away

eMac Fades Away -- Sources have confirmed that the eMac, Apple's inexpensive all-in-one Mac with a CRT-based screen, is no longer available for individual sale, although educational institutions can still buy the model

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DealBITS Drawing: MaxProtect II Winner

DealBITS Drawing: MaxProtect II Winner -- Congratulations to Paul Perry of, whose entry was chosen randomly from 452 valid entries in last week's DealBITS drawing and who received a MaxProtect II PowerBook case, worth $49/$59/$69, depending on size

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Apple Revs PowerBooks, Intros Quad-Core Power Mac G5

At a special press event in New York last week, Apple rolled out new revisions to its professional line of PowerBook computers and unveiled new high-end quad-processor Power Mac G5 systems. More Pixels -- First up, Apple refreshed the 15-inch and 17-inch members of its PowerBook line, adding larger displays, increasing battery life, and making DVD-burning SuperDrives standard across the entire PowerBook line

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Faster, Wi-Fi! Kill, Kill (the Competition)!

Apple has signed on as part of a broad alliance to push a new proposal for faster Wi-Fi. The group, called the Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC), comprises 27 companies, and was formed outside the standards process that has been working on next-next-generation Wi-Fi for several years. The IEEE standards group handles wireless local area networks in its 802.11 Working Group

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Take Control’s Second Anniversary (and 50% Off Sale!)

As of today, the Take Control publishing project that Tonya and I started in 2003 marks its second year. We've come a long way from our first copy of Joe Kissell's "Take Control of Upgrading to Panther," and since we've been tracking Take Control's progress here in TidBITS all along, I want to share what we've accomplished and give you a sense of where we're going

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/24-Oct-05

The first link for each thread description points to the traditional TidBITS Talk interface; the second link points to the same discussion on our Web Crossing server, which provides a different look and which may be faster. Internal Drive Reports Failing SMART Tests -- When Disk Utility reports a hard drive's SMART (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) status as failing, is it time to retire the drive, or can it still be used? (11 messages) New video-capable iPod -- Apple has been careful to note that the new iPod is a music player that also plays video, leading to a discussion of the company's marketing