“Is the PowerBook G5 near at hand? A tentative clue from Apple’s own website suggests that it might be,” Tony Smith reports for The Register.

One eagle-eyed Register reader noted the following section of HTML code tucked away in Apple’s main PowerBook page:

<!–BEGIN AVENUE A–>
<IMG HEIGHT=”1″ WIDTH=”1″ SRC=”http://switch.atdmt.com/action/apple_g5_powerbook”>
<!–END AVENUE A–>

Smith reports, “Avenue A is an online marketing and advertising agency owned by Seattle-based aQuantive, which also owns the atdmt.com domain name. Right now, the code simply places a 1 x 1-pixel placeholder graphic on the page. The file is called apple_g5_powerbook.gif. That presumably allows Avenue A to count the number of visits to the PowerBook page – and, indeed, many of the other Apple website sections. all of which contain links to switch.atdmt.com, particularly for the more pro-oriented products. In each case, the URL is different, with the final segment changing to reflect each page’s subject matter. Could it be an error? Possibly, but other hardware pages thus linked all correctly label the type of processor each machine features.”

Full article here.

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