Rossi sez, “Four sky divers have taken the new Nintendo DS and jumped out of an airplane and played Mario Brothers through an ad-hoc wireless network at terminal velocity. They found that they could play wirelessly at distances of 400 feet.”
The Macintosh User Group Luxembourg has received a letter from Apple stating that an Apple Store will be available for Luxembourgish customers in the coming months. Watch this space and apple.lu for updates on this story
Robert (our president) sent the following e-mail based on the feedback from the Luxembourg Apple Mac User Group:
We are members of the Apple User Group Luxembourg. Robert Reuter is president of the group, Ludovic Lange is the web master of the web site apple.lu http://www.apple.lu/> and cofounder of the Apple User Group Luxembourg and Jess Have is member of our group and has set up the petition in support of an Apple Store in Luxembourg.
The group held a very successful first meeting last Saturday and many members were wondering why Apple refuses to deliver any merchandise to non commercial users in Luxembourg using the French, German or even Belgian Apple Store.
Recently we have discovered that Portuguese Mac users suffer from the same problem. No petition has been launched for the Portuguese Apple Store.
Do you know if other countries are in the same inconvenient situation?
We would like to contact Apple Benelux to expose our members’ point of view with support from other Apple User Groups around the world.
We understand that there might be problems due to the variable VAT rate in the European Union, and problems linked to keyboard choice (although the German store does not have any problems offering other keyboard layouts than the traditional German one – same goes for the Belgian store). On the other hand a Luxembourgish store would not have to be localised as the population can manage in both French and German and in many cases also in English.
Any feedback is welcome.
President of the Apple User Group Luxembourg
The mail has since been published on the mailing list. Hopefully our fellow Mac User Groups will step in to support our efforts to enjoy the benefits from an Apple Store in your own country.
More information about our Mac User Group is available at apple.lu
Apple is offering a special discount to those who sign up for a .Mac membership before May 24, 2005. Those who purchase a .Mac box from the online Apple Store, Apple retail stores or participating resellers will save $30 off the regular $99 price.
“If you are currently receiving this newsletter as part of a trial .Mac membership, the Tiger launch is an ideal time to upgrade to full membership,” according to Apple. “Likewise if you’re already a full member and know others you think would enjoy and benefit from a membership themselves, now is a great time to bring .Mac to their attention again.”
Is really worthwhile if you consider buying Tiger. Looking at the tighter integration of your .Mac account with your system(s), makes this a really attractive deal.
In addition to the hoopla surrounding podcasting, some people are getting very creative when using Skype. Oh, you thought it was for VOIP? No, no. Apparently Skypecasters use the service to create mini-radio stations or record their calls and subsequently put them in the internet.
The Wi-Fi-FreeSpot™ Directory is a listing of Wi-Fi enabled locations that offer Free Wireless High Speed Internet Access. You will find listings of hotel, store and restaurant chains offering the access as well as airports with free Wi-Fi. A must if you travel to the US.