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#112: Best in Showroom | June 2009



Our long Vermont winter has finally come to an end and summer has made its presence known in the Mad River Valley of Vermont. Our staff enjoys diverse hobbies during the summer months that take advantage of all the Green Mountain State has to offer, such as motorcycle and horseback riding, camping and frisbee walks with the dogs down to the river. We’ve decided to enter a float in Warren’s 4th of July parade this year, so stay tuned next month for all the details!

Small Dog’s Purchasing Department has been very busy the last couple of weeks and has scored some great deals on discontinued and refurbished gear from Apple. One of my favorite items to come in during the last two weeks is the 2008 500GB Time Capsule. We are now offering this for $199 which is $100 less than the cost of the 2009 model that replaced it. The amazing thing about the Time Capsule is that it is a wireless router and 500GB drive in one.

Better yet, for users running OS X 10.5 or later, one can back up automatically with Time Machine. If you have been putting off buying an external drive (or even worse, not doing regular backups at all), now is your chance!

Stop by our Waitsfield store and say Hi!


White MacBook Gets Updated!
By Ed Shepard, Marketing Manager

Apple has updated the specifications on the base model white MacBook, which sells for $999.99:

  • Processor speed upgraded from 2.0GHz to 2.13GHz.
  • RAM bumped from 667MHz to 800MHz (same as aluminum MacBooks). Click to read about this RAM.
  • Hard drives increased from 120GB to 160GB. It’s now possible to custom order a white MacBook with a 500GB drive. Interestingly, the aluminum MacBook continues to offer a maximum hard drive capacity of 320 GB.
  • Apple now says battery life of “up to 5 hours wireless productivity,” up from 4.5 hours.

We have the new MacBook in stock now! Plus, we have the previous MacBook on closeout for only $899.99. Come in to take a look!

Apple Mac Box Set Review
By Jim Overman, Waitsfield Sales Associate

I recently purchased a copy of the Apple Mac Box Set. The nice thing about the Box Set is that you get three pieces of software at an incredibly low price. The set includes iLife ’09, iWork ’09, and OS 10.5 Leopard. I made sure the software on my iMac was up-to-date and installed Leopard first, then iLife and iWork. All of the installs went off without a hitch, and soon I was exploring what felt almost like a new computer.

The new features in iLife are great. In iPhoto, you can organize your photographs by Faces, which automatically sorts your photos by who is in them. There are quite a few new features in iMovie as well. Precision Editor gives you much more control over your edit points and there is also a new feature that allows you to smooth out video that is shaky or unstable.

iWork is a really great suite as well. Pages has over 180 pre-designed templates on everything from cards and invitations to certificates and resumes. There is also an option for a full screen view which was lacking in iWork ’08. Of course, what also makes iWork powerful is that it can open Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint files as well as save to a format that the Office suite can read and open.

Leopard’s Time Machine feature is what I was most excited about though. With the addition of an Apple Time Capsule 500GB, I now have a wireless, automatic backup of my computer. I set it up overnight because I knew the initial backup would take some time. Now, for subsequent backups, I have it scheduled to run every twelve hours. The fact that my computer backs itself up automatically is a real weight lifted off of my mind!

Classes and In-Store Consults Revamped!
By Gary Peters, S. Burlington Assistant Manager

Classes are back, and we’ve changed some things up based on your feedback!

Are you new to Macs or know someone who is? We are currently offering both Absolute Mac Basics and Mac Basics Level 2 classes, perfect for beginners who want to learn more about their Mac and the Leopard operating system.

Do you need more specialized attention? Do you have questions about using iPhoto, GarageBand, iMovie, or any other Apple software? We also offer in-store consults in our South Burlington location. You get 30 minutes of one-on-one time with one of our Certified Apple Product Professionals for only $39.00!

Come in and ask us about classes and in-store consults today and check out the class listings on the right to see when they will be offered this month!

Win Tickets from Higher Ground!
By Katie Wilhite, S. Burlington Manager

Higher Ground and Small Dog Electronics are teaming up to bring you ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro to the HG Showcase Lounge on Sunday, June 21.

Read about Jake here.

So… here’s where you need to pay attention: one lucky person will win a pair of tickets to the show, a 1GB iPod shuffle, and a copy of Jake’s new live album. To enter, email

The fine print: The deadline to enter is Wednesday, June 17. One entry per person. Prize package must be claimed in person by the winning contestant the night of the show. Contest will be conducted at the discretion of HG and SD.


Product of the Month: June 2009

500GB Time Capsule (2008)

500GB Hard Drive + 802.11n Wireless Router in one!

With the Time Capsule, you no longer need to worry about connecting your external drive to your computer when it is time to do a backup; it’s all done using Wi-Fi.

Only $199.99!

June Class Schedule

June 2009

Each class is taught by an Apple Product Professional and features take-home materials.

Absolute Mac Basics
Sun. 6/7/09 5:15pm to 6:45pm
Sun. 6/14/09 5:15pm to 6:45pm
Sun. 6/28/09 5:15pm to 6:45pm

Mac Basics Level Two
Sun. 6/21/09 5:15pm to 6:45pm

For more information, come into our stores and ask a sales associate or view Classes information here.

June Rebates

Featured Rebates
We now have more rebates than ever before!

FREE CANON MP190 with Mac + AppleCare Purchase
Purchase any Mac with AppleCare from now until 6/21/09 and get a FREE Canon MP190!

We want to reward you for shopping with us—this is a Small Dog exclusive rebate! For more details, come in to our store or read more here.

iWORK ’09
Buy any new Mac and save $30 via mail-in rebate on iWork!

Buy any new Mac and save $30 via mail-in rebate on MobileMe!

View all rebates here!

June Specials

Specials good until the end of the month or while supplies last. Come in to either of our retail locations for more details.

Grab gifts for Father’s Day or graduation with these deals!

Purchase ANY new Mac with AppleCare and get a free Canon All-In-One MP190 Printer (after rebate)!

Purchase a 16GB iPod touch (2007) and get a free $15 iTunes Card – $229.99!
In-store only

FREE laptop sleeve with any MacBook and AppleCare purchase!

Save $15.00 when you purchase Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition!

Save $30 on iWork when you purchase a new Mac!

Save $40 on the iPod Essentials 4-Pack, as featured in Mac|Life Magazine: Chill Pill mobile speakers, AC Adapter, CAR Tune FM Transmitter and RapCap iPod microphone for $79.99!

Brand new Flip Ultra Digital Camcorders in stock in 4 colors! Choose standard or HD quality. Makes a great graduation gift! From $149.99.