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Apple 512MB iPod Shuffle for $99

Just noticed that BestBuy Canada has the Apple 512MB iPod Shuffle for $99 this week.

Best Buy Canada Web Store: Portable Electronics: MP3 Players: Apple 512MB iPod Shuffle

It’s listed as a “price drop” so I’m not sure if that is a sale price or a permanent drop in price. I’m guessing it’s permanent.

My guess though is this means the 512MB iPod Shuffle might be nearing the end of it’s life. BestBuy often carries items that are near the end of their life cycle. The other possibility is the 512MB shuffle isn’t selling as well anymore and Apple is just trying to move inventory. BestBuy probably got a really good deal on these iPod Shuffles.

So if you haven’t already picked up an iPod Shuffle, maybe now is the time.

Update: Well, apparently a “price drop” isn’t permanent. The price of the Apple 512MB iPod Shuffle has gone back up to the regular $129 now.

Downloading Photos from Audiovox 8910 on a Mac

I’m trying to figure out an easier way to download pictures from my Audiovox 8910 camera phone. BitPim works well but it’s a bit of a pain in the butt and overkill for what I want to do. Ideally I’d like to have something that would allow me to just plug in the phone and grab pictures, much like a standard USB camera. It shouldn’t be too difficult since there are already examples on the Apple developer website. I think I can put a lot of it together but it’s just a matter of figuring out how to do it. Time for a lot of reading on how OS X works I guess. ;)

BitPim 0.7.31 issues with Audiovox 8910

I recently grabbed the 0.7.31 version of BitPim (a very fabulous app for connecting to various cell phones) and I ran into a number of issues with it. I’ve opted to revert back to the 0.7.28 version as it was quite stable for my Audiovox 8910.

The newer version kept failing with nasty errors on a lot of different filesystem tasks. The older version works fine for everything I want to do with it so I’ll just stop at that version for now. Maybe I’ll get around to it and make a very simple app to grab pictures off of the phone. That’s all I really want.

Airport Extreme Wireless Power

The wires are cut! Well, at least for my iBook. BestBuy has a sale this week on the Apple Airport Extreme Base Station so I picked one up. I’ve been wanting one for a couple months now but the price was just a little too much to justify it.

Anyhoo, spent the last hour or so trying to figure out why my receive power level was so frickin’ low on the iBook. I had been very surprised in the past at how few wireless access points were in this area (a bunch of big apartment buildings with a fair number of college aged kids). Anyhoo, I got to thinking about what could be the problem. Figured I should open up the iBook and check the simple stuff like if the antenna was connected, etc.

I pushed hard on the antenna connector to try and see if it would go in any further to the card. Not even a budge. I looked a little closer and found it odd that it seemed to be sticking out a lot. OK, one last try. Pushed even harder and presto it popped in all the way. OOOoooo. I wonder.

iBook AirPort menu with 5 other access points visible

iBook AirPort menu with 5 other access points visible

Fired up the beast and wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am I’m now seeing a full receive power on the iBook. Out of curiosity I hit the airport status drop down on my menu bar and this is what I now see:

Yup, 5 other networks.

Next I started up iStumbler and discovered that there are actually 11 or 12 access points I can see right from my comfy couch, half of which are wide open. Crazy.

Too bad I hadn’t noticed my not quite seated antenna before or I could have been, uh, borrowing access from someone else. Oh well. Now it should work better in the frickin’ airport while waiting for my flights in May. Sometimes I’m a dumbass. Maybe I should file this one under Stupid too!