iPod Nano Battery Replacement a Snap

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Date: Tuesday, August 14th, 2007, 15:24
Category: iPod

Rob’s iPod nano Timeline:

September 7, 2005– In an event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Steve Jobs introduces the iPod nano and the Motorola ROCKR to the world. Later that day, I drive to the Apple Store at King of Prussia and grab a black 8GB nano. My life is forever changed.

February, 2007 – After more than a year of heavy use, my nano has lost some of its original battery capacity (Apple claimed 14 hours) but is still providing several hours of enjoyment on a single charge.

July, 2007 – My nano’s battery is showing signs of failing as it now only lasts for a couple of hours on a fresh charge and will die overnight if left unplugged.

August, 2007 – I search online for iPod batteries and convince myself that I can do the surgery after seeing a very thorough instructional video from Newer Technology.

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iPhone: Anticipation is Making Me Wait

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Date: Thursday, January 11th, 2007, 08:00
Category: iPhone

Some of you may remember a certain Heinz TV commercial from the 1970s. You know, the one that showed people eyeballing the neck of a glass ketchup bottle, eagerly awaiting the arrival of a delicious dollop of tomato topping while Carly Simon’s hit song “Anticipation” played in the background. With the clever exploitation of an excruciatingly slow-pouring, glass ketchup bottle, Heinz turned a major irritation – a design flaw really – into a clever marketing hook. Something so good that it’s worth waiting for.
Fast forward three decades. Apple Computer has spent the better part of 7 years grilling a fat, juicy, electronic cheeseburger and boy do we have an appetite. The recipe for this futuristic comestible has been painstakingly crafted – a pound of OS X, mix in some iLife and a healthy dash of iPod for extra flavor. Combine ingredients and grill to perfection. And now for the slow-moving topper.
The iPhone is the mother of all Mac condiments. Everyone will want one and millions of us will help propel Apple Inc. to the next level of the stratosphere by buying one on the very day that they’re available. Nothing will ever be the same, even for people who will never own an iPhone. It will change the way other manufacturers do what they do. As the Macintosh did some twenty-two years earlier, the iPhone will change everything.
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Review: Garmin Quest2 GPS

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Date: Monday, November 14th, 2005, 07:00
Category: Review


Imagine a gadget that’s so supremely cool in its ingenuity and usefulness that your wife dubs it, “damn near as good as TiVo.” In my home that’s quite a revelation. Such was my experience last Saturday night as we drove home from a party at the home of an old friend. A friend who moved some 130 miles away into the deep woods of south-central Pennsylvania. We had never been to their new place, but we were guided all the way there and all the way home by a sultry, British voice I’ve affectionately named Irene. Irene isn’t real. She’s a product of my robust little Garmin Quest2 GPS, and Irene is fast becoming the second most important woman in my life. How did I live without a GPS?

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Nano Unboxing

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Date: Friday, September 9th, 2005, 22:39
Category: iPod

For your perusal…some shots

from the unboxing of my new 4GB black Nano.


Ask PowerPage: Olympus TDA and PowerBook

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Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2005, 06:10
Category: Hardware

I am a lucky owner of a new Olympus R1018 TDA (tough digital assistant) and my main computer is a PowerBook. It comes with Windows ce.net or Linux. Since the Bluetooth support is not finished in Linux, I’ve settled for ce.net for now.
It took me quite a few hours but I did get the TDA hooked up to my Airport and I was able to surf the Web but Google Maps wouldn’t load! As far as I can tell, there is no file sharing or networking software that will let me move files back and forth to my PowerBook. I can ping one from the other, so they can see each other but I’m not sure what protocols are on the TDA. So that’s my first question, is how do I share files?
The second question pertains to the Bluetooth support. I’ve been able to see my BT device (it offers a serial port profile), but I can’t find a terminal program in the limited program menu of the TDA. The help says to go through the communications sub menu but that doesn’t exist. Is there a terminal program available that I can connect to a serial port device? Zterm?