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So, I've been sitting here at home relaxing, reading the news and starting to wonder if I will ever go through the hassle of buying an Apple desktop again.

I don't need (or want) one now, of course, but a laptop seems like the only Apple machine that I can acquire with relative ease. Pedro got a 12" PB this weekend at one of the FNAC stores (remember, they over-stock), but he was desperate - his 15"'s LCD had died on him, and he wasn't going to London anytime soon.

After all, lots of people have hinted at PowerBooks having worldwide warranties (mind you, that hasn't helped David's PowerBook woes over in Düsseldorf), and I do have to visit London occasionally, so I can see myself getting one with relative ease.

From what I can see, it will actually be cheaper even if I have to pay extra for a Portuguese keyboard. And yes, I know how to add VAT.

Sigh. Don't even get me started on the amazing fact that it is impossible to buy internal Bluetooth modules for Macs unless they are factory-assembled, and that it is one of the few iMac G5 components that I can't service myself. Whatever the reason, this has to be one of the worst product options ever from a company that sells Bluetooth keyboards and mice.

Still, it's not over yet. And neither is my news backlog:

  • Cringely hints that the Mac mini is all about movies, which ties in nicely with my predictions for H.264 this year, the iTunes Music Store's recent addition of movie trailer browsing, and a few other things. Maybe he's right. He did predict the Mac mini, in a way, and he hasn't let it go to his head. Yet.
  • It's Russell's Birthday. He's now officially my age.
  • Technorati Tags, the latest way to insure you'll miss out on relevant but misclassified content, or drown in irrelevant and misclassified junk. I would add support for it in PhpWiki's Atom feed if I wasn't against post categories in the first place. Maybe I'll code some sort of pseudo-classifier based on Wiki linkage - it's precisely what Tim is looking for, only he doesn't know it yet.
  • Skype for Mac now has conference calling, and there's a public analysis of the protocol. Neither are to be missed.
  • MidpSSH has been updated to version 1.3.2. Haven't updated mine yet.
  • nofollow as an anti-spam measure? Bah. It might make it easier to deal with PageRank shenanigans, but spammers won't care, period.

And finally, our moment of Zen: The Dark Tater - may The Spuds Be With You.

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