Apple Releases the MacBook

Apple has released the new MacBook, Apple’s Intel-based successor to the iBook line. According to MacMerc:

Apple today unveiled the MacBook, a consumer notebook featuring the Intel Core Duo processor and a new 13-inch glossy widescreen display. With speeds up to five times faster than the iBook and up to four times faster than the 12-inch PowerBook, the new MacBook completes Apple’s Intel-based portables lineup and replaces both the iBook and the 12-inch PowerBook.

The MacBook is a quarter of an inch thinner than the former iBook G4 and features a display which is “79% brighter with 30% more viewing area,” a built-in iSight camera, Front Row and the Apple Remote, and a MagSafe Power Adapter, which “is designed to magnetically guide your cord into place and disconnect smoothly if someone trips over it.” Like the iPod, the MacBook is available in either black or white.

Blogroll Dive: 5/15/06

Here are the highlights from today’s Blogroll dive:

  • Bryan discussed the NSA’s recent collection of domestic phone call records.
  • Bonnie discovered a simple, artistic, and addictive adventure game.
  • Michael Heilemann discovered a collection of NASA space colony concept art.
  • Khaled announced the launch of the Shuttle project and its acceptance as the future of the WordPress administration panel.
  • Jon reported on the new products and services launched by Google during Google Press Day 2006.
  • Michael Hampton moved Homeland Stupidity to a new domain.
  • Sarah discovered information on the most expensive violin, “recently valued at $10 million.”
  • Angsuman published a list of the “top 10 missing Java features”.
  • And, Tom published a “brief blog search engine review”.

Newsvine Phase Completed

Today marks the completion of’s Publicity Initiative: Phase 2, aka the “Newsvine Phase”.’s Publicity Initiative is an attempt to discover and deploy new methods to increase’s publicity in order to create a larger audience and [hopefully] inspire me to construct more posts on a regular basis.

The “Newsvine Phase” began as a desire to provide an easy method for readers like you to add’s news-related posts to Newsvine, a news service powered by article submissions from both the Associated Press and users like you. I began using Newsvine earlier this week and have been very pleased with its almost seamless blend of professional news articles and community interaction. One of Newsvine’s most powerful community offerings is the ability to “point readers to articles you’ve read elsewhere on the web with one easy click.” This action of “seeding the vine” allows Newsvine to feature news articles from a wide variety of sources, just by the grace of its highly active user community.

The realization of’s “Newsvine Phase” allows you to easily “seed” any news-related post to Newsvine. Since Newsvine is a news-only service, please only “seed” articles related to current events and the news in general. If you want to “seed” more news articles from around the web, there is an easy-to-use “Seed Newsvine” button available for all browsers.

After being inspired by Sociable, I chose to depart from the text-based links that I had created during the “Delicious Phase” and use image-based links in order to accommodate for the addition of Newsvine and future additions of a similar nature.

Once again, thank you for reading and taking the time to submit feedback to make this a more enjoyable blog for both you and me.

Favored Freeware: iStat pro

iStat pro is the ultimate System monitoring Dashboard widget, consisting of 9 sections which can be minimized, expanded or closed. It features detailed information on CPU usage, memory usage, hard drive usage, bandwidth usage, CPU temperature, battery usage, system uptime, and fan speed. You’ll know exactly what’s going on inside your Mac!

Pros: iStat pro allows you to easily monitor all of your Mac’s vital statistics with a single widget.

Cons: iStat pro’s interface is slightly larger than most Dashboard widgets. For a smaller version of iStat pro, try iStat nano.

Categorized as Freeware

Blogroll Dive: 5/8/06

Here are the highlights from today’s Blogroll dive:

  • Michael Heilemann discovered a decent collection of Google Calendar tips.
  • Khaled discussed Spring, updates to Broken Kode, and this year’s CSS Reboot.
  • Jim launched a new version of
  • Michael Hampton ruminated on high gas prices.
  • Orson discussed “American Soldiers and How We Use Them”.
  • Sarah announced an upcoming world premiere of three pieces in Los Angeles, California.
  • Chris revealed the secrets behind his latest design.
  • Angsuman released his Multi-Page WordPress Plugin, which “enables you to easily break your WordPress articles into multiple pages.”
  • And, Tom reviewed Google Calendar.