DIY PowerBook AC Adapter Repair

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Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2005, 12:27
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Apple PowerBook AC Adapter SurgeryWhile we anxiously wait for Madsonline to start shipping their 65 watt Lucille AC adapter for PowerBooks, you may find that your current ride is in need of repair. PowerBook AC adapters take a lot of abuse, in addition to being wound and unwound thousands of times (especially if you only have one) they constantly get pulled-on, tugged, stretched and yanked. And if you’re like me, your cats love to scratch at the white Apple logo on the darned things!
If you’re not afraid of a soldering iron Tony Korologos of The Apple Blog has a fix for an AC adapter with a frayed cable.

This week my 2nd adapter shorted out completely. And since my battery only lasts about 7 minutes I was dead in the water. I really didn?t want to fork out more bucks on another new supply so I decided to crack it open. I was able to fix the problem and put it back together, just like new?.sort of.
First I had to crack open the casing. The supply was obviously designed to be disposable and the casing had no latches or screws holding it together. I had to hammer a thin screwdriver around the edges and eventually cracked the egg open.

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Ask PowerPage: Locking Your PowerBook (Updated 2x)

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Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2005, 10:15
Category: Accessory

Targus PA410U Cable Lock

Dear PowerPage:
I just got a PowerBook that I use daily at school and in labs and would like to be able to secure it to the desk by a cable or some other means. Is there something that your recommend?

A number of laptop locks that utilize the security cable port are available with key locks, including the Kensington MicroSaver, but I don’t like them because you can lose the key. I generally prefer cable locks with a combination lock like the Targus PA410U.
Your comments after the jump…

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iTunes Music Store on Google?

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Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2005, 10:41
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iTunes on GoogleThe Street.com is reporting that Apple may be preparing to announce a deal with Google that would make the iTunes Music Store available through the Google Web site. According to the article ?market chatter? indicates that Google may host a Web-based version of Apple?s iTunes Music Store. The move is significant because it could vault Google ahead of chief rival Yahoo! in the online music business.

According to market chatter, Apple is set to announce a deal with Google calling for Google to offer Apple’s iTunes music store through its own site. The rumored deal would pair the nation’s leading online music store with its leading search engine.
There’s “speculation of an iTunes launch,” says Paul Foster, an options strategist at Theflyonthewall.com. “Google is going to offer iTunes somehow on their platform,” according to the rumor, he says.

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Reducing Fan Noise in PowerBooks

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Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2005, 09:16
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MacOSHints: I know this has already been covered in a comment on this hint. But ever since Tiger, Apple has done the same thing to my PowerBook (Rev A)’s fan. Apparently, Apple has chosen to kick the fan into action on lower temperatures (it’ll be cooler), but I prefer a silent hot laptop over a loud (less) hot one. The “hint” is the same for 10.3, and I’ve been running it (on Tiger) for over two weeks without any glitches.

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SanDisk Ultra II SD Plus Card Eliminates the Card Reader

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Date: Tuesday, June 28th, 2005, 14:54
Category: Digital Camera

SanDisk's Ultra II SD PlusDon’t you just hate it when you forget your digital camera’s USB cable or card reader when your traveling? Nothing’s worse that being forced to buy an extra memory card at exorbitant resort prices because you can’t offload your pictures. If you’re tired of forgetting your cable or card reader I think that I have found the solution. Read More…

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iFitness: the Next New Thing?

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Date: Friday, June 24th, 2005, 10:22
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New miniature multi-sport fitness and training devices such as the Garmin Forerunner 301 combine wireless heart rate monitoring with GPS to record 10,000 points of position (lat, long, elevation), speed and heart rate. When these data are downloaded to PC- (Garmin Training Center) or web-based (Motion Based, Training Peaks) diary/archival, analytical and map-correlation services, the goal-oriented fitness afficianado or athlete has amazing new tools with which real improvements in performance can be achieved. Furthermore, flexible HRM-indexed time/pace training plans can be developed from coaches, books or on-line sources and uploaded to the device for autonomous real-time work-out guidance.
The problem: Garmin supports only Windows. Read More…

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BoomTune Mini Tripod Speakers for the iPod shuffle

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Date: Friday, June 24th, 2005, 02:35
Category: Accessory

Tunewear Booktune Mini Tripod SpeakersIt’s a shame that it’s only available in Japan, but Tunewear’s BoomTune Mini Tripod caught my eye because it’s the first speaker system that I’ve seen for the iPod shuffle and it’s extremely cool looking.

BOOMTUNE mini incorporates a unique tripod design and an amazing 1W x 2 output that is surprising for such a compact size. Just one AAA battery is all you will need to enjoy up to 10 hours* of playback. With a style like you have never seen before, the tripod design can be used with almost any MP3 player from the small iPod shuffle to the iPod 4G/photo. It is also suitable for more than just table top use. In fact, you can use it anywhere. Whether you are staying in a hotel, camping, at a barbecue, or just enjoying the outdoors, BOOMTUNE mini will ensure that you can enjoy your favorite tunes no matter where you are!

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Pogue Reviews Verizon's EV-DO Service

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Date: Thursday, June 23rd, 2005, 21:41
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Verizon's EV-DO Coverage Map (U.S.)David Pogue’s latest article for the New York Times goes into some of the benefits of Verizon’s ultra-fast EV-DO service, read on to find out why it kicks WiFi’s ass.

How fast is that, exactly? Verizon claims you’ll be able to download data at an average of 400 to 700 kilobits per second (kbps), which turns out to be true. That makes EV-DO at least five times as fast as the rival technology offered by Cingular and T-Mobile, called EDGE (70 to 135 kbps), and about seven times as fast as Verizon’s original data network (still available), which it calls NationalAccess (60 to 80 kbps).

Link (via Stuart Pomerantz)

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Apple Store Video Removed From WWDC Keynote?

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Date: Thursday, June 23rd, 2005, 17:25
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When watching the WWDC 2005 keynote address this morning it appeared that the cool Apple Retail Store video from the WWDC 2005 keynote had been cut out of the Apple.com presentation. Any thoughts on why? Maybe there are royalty issues with the song (Rubberneckin’ Oakenfold remix originally by Elvis)?

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Opera 8 Web Browser Released

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Date: Thursday, June 23rd, 2005, 12:00
Category: Software

The new Opera 8 Web browser adds a number of new features including a cleaner user interface, better security and raw speed. My favorite feature is that Opera is the only browser for Mac OS X that fully supports the Blackberry Web Client (BWC).

We’ve cleaned up our front yard. The Opera 8 interface is designed to make the advanced functions easy and effective to use. Menus, toolbars and other elements have undergone our “slim and clean”-routine. The licensed version has the largest browsing area in the industry.
Stay away from spy-ware, viruses, and other malicious applications that silently attack your computer while you are surfing the Web. For example, Opera displays security information inside the address bar, located next to the padlock icon that indicates the level of security present on a site. Opera 8 also provides protection against phishing attacks and automatically checks for security updates.
We’re holding on to our claim: “The Fastest Browser on Earth”. In Opera 8, further improvements have been made in the way the browser reads pages to allow you to fly the Web.
For further information on just how good our rewritten scripting engine is, go to: (Browser speed comparison)

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