DIY PowerBook AC Adapter Repair

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Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2005, 12:27
Category: Hack

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.


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…


iTunes Music Store on Google?

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Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2005, 10:41
Category: Software

iTunes on GoogleThe 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 “Google is going to offer iTunes somehow on their platform,” according to the rumor, he says.


Reducing Fan Noise in PowerBooks

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Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2005, 09:16
Category: Archive

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.