Reviews

From the archives: iBook Dual USB Reviewed

by Verne
2001-06-12

The new iBook (Apple calls it iBook Dual USB for some really creative reason) just oozes sex appeal, taking design cues from the big brother of ‘Power + Sex’ the Titanium PowerBook G4 (TiBook). The commercial success of the TiBook forced Apple to redesign the tired clam-shell heavy weight the former iBook was. The iBook in its prime was a success despite some of its shortcomings.

Ditching the love-it-or-hate-it colours and clam-shell design, the new iBook has clean lines with a new polycarbonate outer shell in pearl white. The first thing you will notice is that it’s not only lighter (a mere 4.9lbs) but it’s also thinner and smaller. Beats its predecessor hands down in the desktop footprint and weight category.

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Satria R3 Stage 2 review

From the start, the performance-bred, track day special Satria R3 developed exclusively by Proton Motorsports a.k.a Race Rally Research or R3 for short, had always promised and delivered an engaging ride – a no-frills, no nonsense driving experience. With its reinforced, rally-style spot-welded chassis and finely tuned suspension, the SR3 oozed confidence in and out of corners, being absolutely at home on twisty, windy roads.

The communicative chassis was always eager to please, to be pushed to the limit. So much so in fact, that it almost needed that extra torque and horsepower to realise its true potential.

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Kick-Ars Tiger Review

Trust Ars.Technica to write a full-blown, geek account of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. Written by John Siracusa, ars gives the usual impartial look at Apple’s latest $129 OS offering, and a 21-page ‘mini’ review and commentary at that! Trust ars to get all down and dirty with the technical bits. The self-confessed geek that I am was lost in the forest of UNIX geektalk, KPIs, APIs, metadata and Apple’s CORE technologies.

I have a spanking new copy of Tiger which is just waiting to pounce once I back up and format my PowerBook G4.

Tiger – good and bad (mostly good actually!), here I come!

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