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Atari Joystick Belt BuckleYou really have to hand it to the designers over at NESBuckle - they have just released a new version of the awesome NES belt buckle, and now they are bringing us an Atari counterpart. Although the Atari belt is a bit too phallic for my taste, it really does have some old school geek appeal. This fashion accessory is perfect for that geeky old school gamer in your life.

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iPod Battery SettlementWhen the Apple iPod first came out, the product was known for having batteries that didn’t seem to last too long.  If you haven’t heard, someone actually took Apple to court over this and finally a settlement has been reached. Buyers have until September 30 to file the paperwork for battery replacement.

A preliminary settlement was reached in May. Under the terms of the deal, buyers of first- and second-generation iPods with battery issues who bought their iPods on or before May 31, 2004 can get either a $25 check or $50 in credit at an Apple Computer store.

Those who bought third-generation iPods on or before May 31, 2004 can either get a $50 credit or send their iPod back to Apple and have the battery fixed or get a replacement device.

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Super Mario Bros. CartoonBoy, did this take me back to my childhood.  Some of you may be too young to remember, but the Super Mario cartoon aired in the late 80’s/early 90’s and was terribly wonderful.  The worst part has to be the live action Mario sitcom in between cartoons.  I also recall that every Friday, which I highly anticipated, the Zelda cartoon would air. Is this enough to hold you us over until Twilight Princess is released? Sadly, no.

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San Diego Computer MusemThe San Diego Computer Museum officially closed on August 27th and will be packing its bags before November.  Currently, this non-profit organization is seeking volunteers to pack up the exhibits and help them move.  They are also asking for donations for boxes and bubble wrap. Up to now they don’t have a new fixed location, but they need to leave as their current building has been purchased and will be repurposed.  On a lighter note, this exhibit totally rocks.  You can tell it’s ancient since Macs haven’t carried floppy disks since the Clinton era.

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Xbox 360 Mac OS

Joystiq has an interesting post on the Xbox 360 and an interesting potential hack. With a 20gb HDD and triple core G5 based processor it is theoretically possible for the modder community to port the current PowerPC based version of OS X to the Xbox 360. Obviously doing anything like this to the yet-unreleased platform is still theoretical and would certainly void your warranty but with Apples open source initiatives and the legions of Xbox hardware hackers out there I almost think of this as inevitable. Obviously with the hit that console makers take on the hardware the Xbox 360 would pack a processing punch far greater than the Mac Mini at a fraction of the price - who wouldn’t want to get one for a great little Mac Media Center.

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The open source developers behind WINE, the Windows library emulation layer for Linux are working to make their libraries work with the Intel version of OS X. If they succeed then you would be able to run Windows applications from within OS X - no need for emulating a Windows VM - just run the application natively. If they can really pull this off I’ll be compressed - it will have taken away the last reason for people to run Windows over Apples popular operating system by enabling all Windows enterprise applications and games to run seamlessly within the Aqua GUI.

Read More | OS X86 Project Forums

iDog Clancy

When a soft-coated Wheaton in Brooklyn named Clancy went looking for a chewtoy, he nearly got more than he bargained for. Clancy chowed down on an Apple PowerBook cord and managed to swallow the “business end” - as shown in this x-ray. Clancy is just lucky that the power cable was not plugged in - dogs have been known to receive serious shocks from engaging in this activity.

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SickSaver Hilarity ensued when I found this little gem on Apple’s download site.  To quote:  “A stupid OpenGL screensaver that is likely to make you feel sick in a very short time.”

No, there’s no point.  Just a weird, obnoxious screensaver which is, according to an informal poll of my housemates, “Ughh.” or “Trippy.”

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Apple Intel In a not-so-stunning move, Apple has newly stated that using PowerPC chips from Freescale is mandatory.  In fact, under the signed agreement, Freescale must provide Apple with the chips until 2008 and under that same agreement Apple is under no obligation to use them past a work in progress.

The deal, which has been logged with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, seems to mean that either Jobs’ Mob is hedging its bets on any Intel deal or thinks it will take a long time to do it.

These things do indeed take time and Apple is known for doing things their way or the highway.  Looks like Jobs is leery about moving too fast on the Intel Project.

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McDonalds DVD RentalsJumping on the DVD rental bandwagon, McDonalds is testing Red Box DVD kiosks in some Denver locations. You can now rent movies for $1 a day to accompany your Big Mac, large fries, and heart attack. 

In Denver, customers can visit the Redbox DVD machines at participating McDonald’s and rent the newest DVD movies releases for just $1.00 per night, plus tax - with no membership forms and no late fees - and return the same movies at any participating McDonald’s Denver location. The latest new DVD releases are added to the Redbox DVD rental machines every Tuesday.  McDonald’s is the first quick service restaurant to offer new DVD movie rentals to consumers, extending its legacy of introducing new and innovative ways to create relevant, satisfying, and unique customer experiences in its restaurants.

Read More | Kiosk Magazine