Screen Repair, iBook Hard Drive Upgrades, MPEG-4 Converter, Bargain 'Books, and More
This Week's PowerBook and iBook News
Except as noted, prices are in US dollars.
- MacResQ Announces PowerBook G3 Screen Repair Program
- MCE Technologies Expands iBook Hard Drive Upgrade Service with 60 GB Offering
- Doug's AppleScripts releases Make Mine MPEG-4 v2.0
- Apple Store "More Back to School in Style" iBook Discount
- e-pac G4 Nylon Case
- Magma 2 Slot CardBus PCI Expansion Breakout Box for PowerBooks
- Nisus Interactive Email List Launched
- Bargain 'Books
MacResQ has announced a new PowerBook G3 screen repair service as part of their PowerBookResQ repair program. The new service offers PowerBook G3 owners an affordable way to replace their scarred screen polarizers with PowerBookResQ's famous quick turnaround and convenience.
Soon after the first G3 "Wallstreet" PowerBooks were released in 1998, users noticed distracting marks on their LCD screens after a short period of use. These marks result from the LCD screen coming into contact with the PowerBook's keyboard when the lid is closed. Oil from the user's fingertips transfers from the keyboard to the screen, leaving the unsightly marks.
If a PowerBook user doesn't clean the screen regularly, these oils penetrate the ultra-thin protective cover on the screen known as the polarizer. Once the polarizer has been damaged in this way, the marks are permanent and affect the quality of the screen and the PowerBook. PowerBookResQ is pleased to announce an affordable solution for this problem.
Rather than $500-800 for an entirely new screen, MacResQ technicians can now replace a PowerBook G3 polarizer and give the screen a new lease on life for $299. Like all other PowerBookResQ services, this price includes overnight pickup and delivery anywhere in the United States. The price also includes PowerBookResQ's new PowerPad screen protector to prevent additional problems once the screen has been repaired.
PowerBook G3 Polarizer Replacement is compatible with the following PowerBooks:
Cost is $299 for the polarizer repair and a PowerPad screen protector, plus three-way overnight pickup and delivery at the customer's location. PowerBookResQ also offers fast, convenient, and affordable PowerBook repairs for $99, which includes 3-way overnight shipping, the initial diagnostic service, and PowerBookResQ's unique PowerBox, which the customer may keep for future use. For even faster service, same-day pickup is available for an additional charge. For computer resellers and repair centers, PowerBookResQ offers discounted rates on products and services. Computer dealers can send overflow service work or seamlessly outsource their entire PowerBook repair operation. Volume discounts are available for schools, corporations and government agencies. For details about PowerBookResQ, visit
MCE Technologies LLC has announced that its iBook Hard Drive Upgrade Service, the largest commercially available service for upgrading the internal hard drive capacity in Apple iBooks, now includes a 60 GB upgrade option. This service includes the transfer of data from the original drive to the new drive and an option to trade in the original internal drive if it is in good working condition.
"There are a great number of iBooks in use for which the performance and functionality are somewhat limited by their low-capacity 3 GB, 6 GB, or 10 GB factory hard drives. That is often simply not enough storage space in today's graphical and media-rich computing environments such as when running Mac OS X," said Arnie Ramirez, President of MCE Technologies. "The internal hard drive in all Apple iBooks is extremely difficult to upgrade, even for the technically-minded end user. Yet, because the internal hard drive is an important component of any computer system, MCE Technologies is happy to continue to offer the iBook Hard Drive Upgrade Service and to now include a 60 GB upgrade option as well."
MCE Technologies has rigorously tested and certified its hard drives for use in the iBook. The hard drives installed by MCE Technologies offer data transfer rates and access times as fast as or faster than the stock iBook internal hard drive. In addition, the hard drives installed by MCE Technologies carry a full 3-year warranty, compared to just one year of warranty coverage for the computer's original internal hard drive. Current upgrade capacities now available in the MCE iBook Hard Drive Upgrade Service are 10 GB, 20 GB, 30 GB, 40 GB, and 60 GB.
To take advantage of the MCE iBook Hard Drive Upgrade Service, customers must send their Apple iBook to MCE Technologies in Irvine, California, where the upgrade is performed by trained technicians. Data is transferred from the original internal hard drive to the new internal drive if so requested. Pricing for the MCE iBook Hard Drive Upgrade Service, which includes 2-day return shipping to the customer, is $199 for 10 GB, $239 for 20 GB, $279 for 30 GB, $299 for 40 GB, and $499 for the new 60 GB upgrade. Turnaround time is generally 2-3 business days. The service is available immediately.
Make Mine MPEG-4 is an AppleScript applet that lets you import CD Tracks into iTunes and then encodes them as MPEG-4 files using QuickTime 6 Pro. The tracks are then added to your iTunes Library.
MPEG-4 encoding allows for higher quality audio at smaller bit rates - and thus smaller file sizes.
This latest version of Make Mine MPEG-4 runs properly under Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar), imports all available tag data from the CD audio track entry and enters it in the finalized MP4 entry in iTunes, and works around QuickTime's 31 character filename limit.
Doug's AppleScripts is a site offering free AppleScripts for iTunes and SoundJam, as well as resources for users who write them.
The Apple Store has launched a new Hot Deals program specifically for the education market. Dubbed "More Back to School in Style," the program provides an instant $50 discount on any qualifying iBook through September 25, 2002.
The 300L (Nylon) carry case is tailored especially for the Apple Titanium G4 and new iBook. The design team at e-pac have taken on the challenge to create a slim line carry case which is lightweight but still offers the ultimate in protection.
The L300 case is stylish and sleek, and it has an innovative lightweight frame casing that will protect your hardware, making the e-pac one of the safest systems for transporting your portable on the market.
e-pac has a double wallet storage system, which has tailored pockets to hold all your accessories, such as leads and battery, along with pockets for pens and cards, etc. There is even a removable CD wallet and space for a note pad, so you can carry as much as you like using one or both of the wallets for safe tidy storage of all those extras.
The e-pac 300L Nylon Case for iBook and TiBook is available at the Applelinks Store.
This 2 Slot CardBus PCI Expansion System allows you to add PCI slots to an Apple PowerBook or PC laptop. This new expansion chassis will provide the music, video, satellite communications and other industries the long awaited professional mobile system. All this potential in a 15.144" x 10.00" x 2.57" chassis that weights 5.3 pounds.
The 2 slot system supports two full-length PCI cards and includes mounting brackets for a maximum configuration of two 1" disk drives or one 1.6" disk drive. Cooling fans provide cooling for your PCI cards and disk drives.
The 2 Slot CardBus PCI Expansion System is available in four models:
- Model #CB2S includes a built-in Ultra2 SCSI controller with an internal and external connector.
- Model #CB2 has no SCSI controller.
DC Powered: For users who require true "go anywhere" portability, Magma offers these same 2 slot systems in a DC-ready format, able to run on any user supplied 12-volt DC power source (such as a battery or car lighter adapter.)
- Model #CB2SDC includes a built-in Ultra2 SCSI controller.
- Model #CB2DC has no SCSI controller
Both DC models include an XLR-4 pin power connector, and are shipped with a 100-Watt DC power supply (power brick), for those occasions when AC power is available.
Magma 2 Slot CardBus PCI Expansion with integrated SCSI controller (DIGI) price: $1,159 at Macs4all.com
Nisus Writer and Nisus Email, with their modest hardware demands, make good software choices for portables.
Nisus Software has announced that they have started a new list to discuss all Nisus products and related subjects. The Nisus Interactive List is a place to discuss any and all things Nisus.
The list is archived, so it is a great place to start looking if you have a problem.
Have a problem with Nisus Writer? Want to share a tip about Nisus Email? Feel free to post it on the list. However, politics, religion, spam, and flaming others are not allowed.
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 (Gigabit Ethernet/2001) and G4/667 (DVI).
- PowerBook 3400/200, 144/2 GB/CD/floppy, $332
- VST Zip drive module for "Bronze" PowerBook G3s (Lombard, Pismo), new, sealed, $44
- Want to own the most expensive PowerBook ever for just $99?
Back in August, 1995, when Apple unveiled its first PowerPC
PowerBooks, the top-of-the-line PowerBook 5300ce sold for - take a deep
breath - a wallet-numbing $6,500, making it one of the most
expensive Macs of all time.
Now you can have one from Wagener Media for one-sixty-fifth of that price.
Need a basic word processing and email machine? The 5300 is plenty capable for that sort of duty. Specs include 117 MHz PPC chip, 32 MB RAM, 1 GB HD,10.4" 800 x 600 LCD TFT color display. You can add an ethernet/video card for $20 extra.
These machines are refurbished and include a 30 day guarantee - or buy an extended 1 year warranty for $45 extra.
- iBook 600 12.1", 128/20 GB/CD-ROM Apple refurbished, $1,079
- PowerBook G4/667, 512/30 GB/Combo/56k, Airport, Apple refurbished, $2,299
- PowerBook G4/800, 512/40 GB/Combo, AirPort, Apple refurbished, $2,849
- iBook 600 12", 128/20/CD, refurbished, $1,099
- iBook 600 12", 128/20 GB/Combo, refurbished, $1,299
- PowerBook G4/667, 512/30 GB/DVD, AirPort, new, $2,099
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