The Apple Core: Battery chargers vs. in-PowerBook charging

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Date: Wednesday, November 9th, 2005, 01:30
Category: The Apple Core

nwtcharger.jpgIf you’re like me you probably charge your PowerBook’s battery in the PowerBook itself and don’t worry too much about it. While this is fine in most cases, it’s going to deplete the charge capacity of your battery over time. Especially if you constantly unplug and re-plug your machine.
While it’s true that Lithium-Ion batteries aren’t susceptible to the “memory effect” of previous battery technologies (like NiMH, for example) a PowerBook battery only has has a limited amount of charge cycles in its useful life. If you’re constantly partial charging your ‘Book, each of these counts toward your total cap of charges before the performance of your battery begins to drop off.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


How-To: Change the Color of the Apple Logo on Your PB

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Date: Wednesday, November 9th, 2005, 00:06
Category: Hack

green-apple-logo-pb.jpgSterling Anderson has posted a pictorial on how to change the color of your PowerBook’s Apple logo. That’s pictorial, as in, just pictures. Obviously, you’re doning this at your own peril, ok?


Review: Simpl A1 Amps up Your iPod

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Date: Wednesday, November 9th, 2005, 00:30
Category: iPod

simpl-a1.jpgSimpl Acoustics has put out one of the best headphone amps for the iPod. Audiophiles demanding more power out of your iPod: this is the one. What makes it even better is that the Simpl A1 was just reduced from US$149 to US$99.
Placing my headphones into the A1’s jack for the first time resulted in a pleasant increase in volume