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…
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.
I contacted Apple Care yesterday to have them send me two new rubber feet for my 12-inch PowerBook. Rubber feet are covered by warranty but you must send it to Apple and they will replace the entire botton of the unit. The charge is US$700 to replace two 10 cent rubber feet.
Sound familiar? Unfortunately Apple tried to address the previous PB podiatry issue by switching to “pass-through” feet (rather than adhesive mounts) but if they break off, they have to installed through the aluminum case. I thought that this issue would surface first in the PB12 because it has been shipping longer than the PB17 and because it runs much hotter – as hot as 120 degrees Fahrenheit -Ed.