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iPod 2100mAh battery
iPod 2100mAh battery

Batteries are getting better. In the last few years manufactures have been able to up the capacity of batteries for portable electronics. Typically manufactures of electronics tend to use up this power by either shrinking their devices (smaller batteries) or adding power sucking features (big color screens, etc…). The good news for you, is 3rd party companies are making new batteries for your old devices.

Have a 1st or 2nd generation iPod? It originally got 10hrs of battery life. Now it gets up to 24hrs (20hrs+) with a NewerTech2100mAh battery for only $39.99! Not bad, they also have a slightly lower power 1800mAh model (15-19hrs) for $29.99 at the same place.

Another example, the iBook 500mhz started with a 3300mAh battery, my wife’s model has a 4000mAh battery and you can get a 4800mAh battery now. So if you have an old laptop with pathetic battery life, look around you may be able to breath new life in to those old laptops with a high capacity battery.

P.S. For the technically challenged, there is a service that will do it for you for $79.99 with 24hr shipping.


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Things I do when re-installing OS X

Monday, November 8th, 2004

This is not ment to be an all inclusive guide to installing OS X, it
isn’t supposed to be a tutorial either, nor are any of these necessarily required.
Its merely a checklist I like to go through. I hope some of you find it useful.

If anyone has any suggestions/additions, feel free to leave a comment.

Things to do when installing OS X

enable root [sudo passwd root]
rm Desktop OS9 Folder
enable ssh
enable appletalk
install the developer tools
set keyboard/double click rates
set hard disk sleep and system sleep
turn off quicktime version check and hot picks thing
turn on seconds on clock
turn on manual clock update
turn software update on manual
turn on Zoom in universal access
turn OFF rectangle when zoomed out (in universal access)
set dock size (very small), set to left and pinned on the bottom
turn off volume in menubar
copy hosts file from another machine
copy /etc/sysctl.conf (sets TCP/IP stack parameters)
copy .ssh keys
copy /usr/local/bin crap
copy /sw
turn on identd
copy keychains (note SMB login names must be in ALL CAPS)
set energy saver to ‘highest’ performance
pick a nice desktop pattern
turn on apache
enable PHP

Safari:
turn on tabs
turn off popups
set opening page to blank
set homepage to google
goto google turn off safe search


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