Hot on the heels of the Apple PowerBook 17-inch is the new Toshiba Satellite P25, the first Windows-based notebook computer to offer a 17-inch wide screen display – making them the second computer manufacturer to achieve this feat.
I recently found a great home for my 12″ PowerBook in a bag that was never designed for this use… the Oakley Sand Bag!
The Oakley Sand Bag has a padded puch that fits the 12″ nearly perfectly, admittedly the zipper stretches around the corner just a tad, but it’s really OK. The bag is very comfortable wtih tons of space for extra stuff. There’s a detachable pouch for your cell phone, and it has a dedicated padded “music player” pocket (e.g. iPod) with a headphone pass-through, and several outside pockets for things like a water bottle, keys, etc…
It appears that support for 802.11g card for older PowerBooks will be
arriving in Panther but not officially before that. Check out the US$99.99 AL5402-XG adapterfrom Asante. The data sheet states that “Macintosh OS X Panther and later; no driver required.” …
One of my all time favorite PowerBook luggage manufacturers is Waterfield Designs. They make the type of bags that just reek of quality. You can tell that their bag is going to be solid from the moment you hold it in your hand.
Attention to detail is important at Waterfield Designs and you can tell. Everything from zippers to hardware to handles are super tight, functional and seemlessly integrated with the rest of the bag. The 17-Inch Racer-X is the perfect fit for the Aircraft Carrier ‘Book leaving just enough room for your accessories and some reading materials…
A recent addition to the Willow Designs line of PowerBook bags, is the Expandable Mac SlipCase for the 12-inch PowerBook G4. After two weeks of traveling, I have nothing but good things to say about this bag. Its compact profile and sturdy construction make it idea for negotiating crowds and public transportation situations.
The padded shoulder strap gives the bag extra stability to “stick ” on your shoulder. And the bag gracefully stays in position atop a wheeled suitcase – which is more than I can say for my other PowerBook bag. It is even compact enough that it could probably fit under the airplane seat in front of you with another bag.
According to a Reuters article NEC is developing a long-life fuel cell for notebook computers:
Japanese chips-to-computers giant NEC said Monday that it has developed a small fuel cell that will dramatically improve the battery life of notebooks and that the company aims to test on the market within two years that.
The fuel cell would enable notebooks to operate for 40 consecutive hours, or around 10 times the life of regular lithium-ion batteries, a company representative said.
The company is locked in fierce competition with domestic rivals such as Toshiba, as well as United States and South Korean rivals that are rushing to bring fuel-cell technology for notebooks to the mass market.
NEC aims to test the market in 2004, introducing a notebook that has a built-in fuel-cell battery with a life of five hours, the representative said.
MacEdition claims that Apple is actively pursuing Fuel Cell technology for future PowerBooks…