Laser-Etched Powerbook Ensures Hands Never Leave the Keyboard, Ever

Instructables user noahw used an Epilog etcher to lase an imprint of his hands and forearms, eternally vigilant in home row position, onto the top case of his PowerBook G4. Noah says that typing on top of his own hands is "a little freaky" (as is the brownish mildewy patina on the etched keys, ahem) but if you are… » 11/17/08 1:20pm 11/17/08 1:20pm

PowerBook/Xbox 360 Mod Makes the PowerBook Bulkier, Less Portable

Most DIY projects that involve taking one device and cramming it into the guts of another end up squeezing a large gadget into a smaller one. It's impressive! But to take a PowerBook G4 and to put it into the hulking husk of an Xbox 360? I'm not sure I get the point. You take an old laptop that was portable and stick… » 10/16/08 10:15am 10/16/08 10:15am

Remember This? Looking Back at the First PowerBook

With new Macbooks seemingly imminent » 10/13/08 2:40pm 10/13/08 2:40pm, I thought it'd be a good time to look back in time to the first Apple laptop that changed portable computing forever: the original PowerBook.Back in 1991, Apple wasn't the company it is today. There was no iPod, no iTunes Music Store, no iPhone. At the time, laptops (or…

Apple's Sparking Power Supply Lawsuit Settled (Verdict: They're Paying)

The class action lawsuit brought against Apple for PowerBook and iBook power bricks with the potential to spark has been settled. If the final approval for the settlement goes through, Apple will pay $25 to $79 to customers who "bought an adapter made by Apple or another company to replace a failed one." [LA Times,… » 5/09/08 6:26pm 5/09/08 6:26pm

Laptop Accelerometers Used to Study Earthquakes, Desk "Bumping"

Seismologists at Stanford are learning from their roommates over in the biology department and rigging up a distributed computing system to gather quake data from laptops with accelerometers. It's used to save resources for scientists by using assets (your laptops) that are already deployed in a widespread area.… » 4/24/08 12:20pm 4/24/08 12:20pm

Traveling Apple Users Cheer "The Continental" With a Glass of Champagna

World travelers will undoubtedly be thrilled with "The Continental Companion" and its ability to help Apple users utilize different power outlets without having to carry around a bulky power brick. The set includes four AC plugs (with a 12" whip) and it requires the portable power adapter that ships with the MacBook… » 2/14/08 9:00pm 2/14/08 9:00pm