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Man, I have not written in awhile on this – anyways, I’ve been busy running another similar blog that’s internal to a specific audience.

Anyways, I’m doing some spring cleaning, and I’m selling my stuff on ebay.

Right now, I have my koolsink mac powerbook g4 12″ aluminum stand for sale.

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I used to have a 12″ powerbook, and I loved this stand. It’s aluminum to match the powerbook, and I used to use it when using my 17″ LCD hooked up to my powerbook g4. It really does cool your powerbook, and you can even check out more details on their site: www.koolsink.com

Anyways, since then I’ve upgraded to my MPB, core 2 duo, which I love – so no more need for this Koolsink stand.

It costs about $60 when including shipping, but I’m starting my bid at $15. Don’t let it get away!

I’m also selling my used video card, 128mb PCI express card. Bidding starts at only $1.

Good luck and happy bidding!

I’ll be posting more stuff later, but in the meantime, I want to give a plug for GarageSale, a mac software for posting ebay items. It’s awesome, and so easy! The templates are great! You should try it out – you can post up to 3 items for free as a trial.

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Sorry I haven’t written in awhile! I’ve been busy over the Christmas season – but anyways, I have time now for about a 10 minute quickie commentary on the new iPhone by Apple.

If you’ve been keeping up w/ the news, there’s a lot of hype surrounding this phone. Believe me, I love macs myself, and I’m typing on one now, but I try to be pretty objective. I saw apple’s site about this iPhone, and the demonstrations are impressive if not mindblowing. I couldn’t help thinking “now this is a true smartphone, what a phone SHOULD be!”

I’m not going to bother you with the tech specs of this phone, b/c a million other websites probably do that by now.

But here are some questions you should ask before you think about if you want to shell out $499 (for the 4gb) or $599 (8gb) for the iPhone. Ask yourself:

1.  What are the features I really need in a smartphone? It looks like to you that you might want to use every feature, but get realistic. Do you really schedule your appts in your Mac now? If not, the calendar feature won’t be of any use, b/c you probably won’t do it on your Mac to sync it over to your iPhone. How does it handle to do lists or memos (both of which exist in Palm)? I didn’t see any presentation on that. I’m a major to-do list guy, I get nothing done without a good to do list with alarms. Can I enter one on the fly into the iPhone? Does it even have a To Do list? What about reading/editting Word docs? Palm does that, so does Windows. But the word is, iPhone will not have it. I mean, will Microsoft make an iPhone version of Office for them? I doubt it. Do you read ebooks? I do – a lot. Will the iPhone have an ebook reader natively installed? I hope so, b/c you can’t download and use one. The word on the street is that it will not support 3rd party apps, at least for now, so don’t count on some company stepping up to the plate to fill some functional gaps. So if having mobile office is important to you, iPhone may not be for you, unless you want to carry a separate PDA with it.

2.  Do you have the money? Did you count the hidden costs? What I mean by this is that just b/c you have $499, it doesn’t mean that you’re set to bring this iPhone home. First of all, how much is Cingular going to charge you? You will probably need to buy a new plan that includes a data plan so that you can access the internet – otherwise, what’s the use of an iPhone? So I guess that will be around an extra $40 per month (just a guess). That will mean an extra $480/year. Also, if you already have a cell plan w/ another mobile carrier, say Verizon, you will have to pay a cancellation fee of $250. Then, on top of that, you will probably want to buy a new nice case to protect your baby. Another $20-30. Then for you really careful guys, you will want maybe insurance? (yes, there are insurance companies out there that cover electronics/computers for accidental coverage – search ‘insurance’ in my blog, I’m too lazy to look it up). That will be more $/year. Total that up, and that’s the real cost of ownership, you do the math.

3.  What if you accidentally drop it and don’t have insurance? or stolen? or plain lose it? Self-explanatory, call me a pessimist… then you’re out loads of cash.

4.  Will another smartphone do the job for me for cheaper? For example, windows smartphones can do pretty much all that the iPhone can do in terms of functionality (minus the easy gestures w/ your fingers on the iPhone). Read about it here. I don’t know much about windows mobile, but I’m not sure if windows mobile can multitask, so that’s something to consider. Palm on the other hand, can’t multitask at all! They are so behind (yes, I own a palm myself) but they are banking on the Linux platform to save them, but no news about them in awhile, so I’m not sure how the development is going on that. I need to stop, I’m geeking out, not helping the average joe.

5.  Will the first edition of iPhone be stable enough? If you’ve followed the MacBook, or any new invention or major release software, you’ll know that the first release is always a bit buggy. MacBook and the MacBook Pro had some heating issues and other minor glitches (just google “macbook problems”). Also, the second edition of the MacBook Pro is much better, and less buggier – problems fixed. Problems that they probably knew about upon the first release. I’m not bashing Apple on this, it’s just expected for the first release of anything.

6.  Can this multifeatured iPhone not fall to early obsolescence? What I mean is, with all its bells and whistles, how long will it last? The rule of thumb for mechanical/electrical devices is that the more features it has, the more it’s prone to break down. For ex., how long will that nifty touch screen last? Will it be just as sensitive and responsive after 2 years? Something to think about. It’s made in China by the way (I heard), but then so are their laptops.

7.  Lastly, how long is the battery life? How long do I need it to be and how will it impact my routine? My guess is about 4-5 hours. But if you plan to use it a lot to watch movies and surf the web, I expect significantly less, perhaps 2 to 3? Is the battery replaceable? (I heard that it’s not, at least not unless you want to take it apart!). What if you don’t have your charger, and you need to make that crucial phone call? Even if you have your charger, uh, what if you are in a place with no outlet? It happens to me and my Palm at times.

    I hope this brings you down to earth before it comes out in May/June ’07 so that you don’t just shell out $$ because you just found yourself drooling for it.

    Whew, this was long, I think I might take another month long break!

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    If you’re a coffee drinker, or just want to be extra careful, I highly recommend the following keyboard cover:

    iSkin

    It’s a silicone-based keyboard cover, which you do not have to remove to type. It will protect your keyboard from dust, liquid, hair, etc. I use it myself and I’m going over a year strong, and I have no regrets. Did I mention that it’s washable?

    They also have a variety of other protectors for your iPod as well. You should check it out, before the coffee spills on your Mac!

    FYI, you can also try to look for their products on ebay, and you might find some of them to be slightly cheaper – but not by much.

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    I often visit this site called http://www.surpluscomputers.com, where they have slightly outdated items for sale on the cheap. They also have some unique toys as well.

    If you’re a Sudoku addict, I mean, enthusiast, you might want to consider carrying it with you to pass the time, and engage your brain in intense activity in those idle wait times.

    $9.99 with free shipping, not bad!

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    I don’t know about you, but I’ve had problems in the past losing my USB key drives. The problem is that they are handy, but they are too dang small! You can misplace them, and never find them again, until of course, that time when you don’t need it. They have ones you can wear as a necklace, but c’mon, I am not going to geek out like that.

    But this USB key drive by Lexar has solved my problem with the red Lexar Sport model. Basically, they put a rubber case AROUND the whole key drive, and at the tip, you can put a key ring, so that you can carry it around with your keys, and not look geeky at the same time.

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    Also, if you want one for a good price (I got my 1GB one for less then $45) do your usual froogle.com, amazon.com, or buy.com check. Even better, search in www.techbargains.com once in awhile b/c they track deals for you.

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    Do you have a lot of electronics with big blocky power cords that take up too much space on your surge protector? I mean, you plug one in, but it hides the other one under its huge box, andyour other outlet slot has gone to waste! Surpluscomputers.com has a nifty and simple little thing that might fix your problem called the “power strip liberator II”.

    power strip liberator

    I haven’t tried it myself, but I don’t see why it won’t work. Those of you who get it, let us know how it worked out.

    Here is the direct link to that product

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