Accessorize your powerbook!

Over Achiever

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Well actually I'm asking what accessories you have for your powerbook. Tote n' tilt, screen protectors, etc. Please give its name (or describe it), post a pic if possible, and give a brief review of it.

Hopefully people will post on this thread...
 

job

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Currently I'm spending my time between a slot-loading iMac running 10.2.1 and an original Powerbook G3 running 9.2.1

My dad and I share the Powerbook for our work.

I've got 96 megs of RAM in the PB, which is plenty since all I do on it is surf and type. It's 233 Mhz and has two internal drives; 6 GB and 2 GB.

I'd post pics, but I don't have any. It's a old PB, so there's nothing special about it.

Currently I have an external Zip 250 (USB) and a cable modem attached to it.

I'm looking forward to the possible iBook revision, but I'm torn between a new Mac and buying parts for my old Beetle. ;)
 

idkew

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i have quite a few little gadgets for my laptop (or any cpu).

I have a usb flylight (i think). it is a little led light on a snake-like bendy cord thinggy. bend it to light your keyboard at night, i rarely use it. waste of $20.

i have a keyspan digital media remote. works with itunes, dvd player... rarely use it, but i may use it again... $80 almost wasted, worth maybe $30.

i have a keyspan usb pda adaptor so i can connect my gps to my laptop. i can see where i am on my laptop screen and download maps to my gps. definitly worth the $20.

i have a usb pen drive, a 128mb one. use it quite a bit since the old school network has gone to **** due to kazaa and such. $50 well spent.

i have a graphire tablet. rarely use it. good tool to have as a designer though. $90 spent... could have saved it though.

just sold my handspring visor pda- never used it since my laptop comes with me most places. $240 wasted.

firewire 24x cd burner. great, even though i have an internal dvd/cd-r. ~$200 well spent. i can burn two cds at once!!!

macally micromouse. use this tiny mouse when i am away from my desk. did break once, got one free under warranty. $40 well spent.

kensington studio mouse. love the scroll pad. $50 well spent.

owc leather screen protector- my screen still looks beautiful. $ well spent.

oh- and a madisonline.com neoprene to case. great little case. $ very well spent.

soon to have a canon s230 digital camera... then i can post picts.

now, i think that is everything... i have a serious gadget fetish, and a serious gadget problem. anyone know where to get help?

-idkew
 

Over Achiever

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Original poster
Ok, so when I buy my powerbook, i'm planning to buy these accessories...whatdya'll think?

To protect the screen, I'm thinking about buying the iSkin. Its clear silicone that you can leave on while typing...sounds cool.


To protect the wrist area, I'm planning on buying the Klear Advantage which should protect it from scratches.


To dissipate the heat, I'm turning to an elegant solution that doubles as a handle. Yes, the imfamous Tote and Tilt which I think is really cool.


If I buy an external CD burner, hopefully the powerbook will have USB2 so that I can buy the sony one that doubles as a regualr CD player.

So...am I missing anything important? Are these good accessories? Should I get a "disk-on-key" drive to transfer small files around? I hear the CD burner on the powerbook can only burn one cd at a time. I'd rather have the ability to burn a track at a time.;)
 

idkew

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Originally posted by Over Achiever

So...am I missing anything important? Are these good accessories? Should I get a "disk-on-key" drive to transfer small files around? I hear the CD burner on the powerbook can only burn one cd at a time. I'd rather have the ability to burn a track at a time.;)

as i said before, i love my usb pen drive. just look on ebay, i got my 128mb one for $50 from likedust on ebay. there may be better deals though...

yes, the internal cd-rw CAN burn multiple tracks, you just need to use Toast from Roxio to do that. Apple does not offer that...prior to os x.2. now it does, as far as i know. i use toast most of the time though.
 

cb911

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& then once it's in it's plastic bag i just stick it straight into my backpack! :D

if i just put it in the backpack without anything over it i think it would be really scratched by now. i just take it to college like that everyday & i've been doing that for nearly a year. so anyone who says 'oh, i've got to be really careful with my TiBook 'cause it's so fragile' needs to get over it.:) they're tough things.

and i'm also thinking of chroming my TiBooks case...:eek: ;) :D


>edit. i also forgot to mention that i also have a Wacom Graphire 2 tablet & it's awesome, really good for drawing and any sort of organic or natural shapes. also works really good with the airbrush in Photoshop. :)
i also got an extra 512MB RAM for my TiBook, giving it a total of 768MB. :D

and for a mouse i've got a Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer. i could never live without two buttons and a scroll wheel...

and for a digital camera i have a Sony DSC-P51.
 

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BenderBot1138

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Accessories

Wow, Apple's website has an amazing list of most of the accessories listed here, but I gotta admit, some of the ones here aren't "explicitly" listed on their site. Top marks to cb911 for ingenuity in the face of a rampant consumerism. In the immortal words of Happy Gilmore to Bob Barker... "the price is right... ... ..."
 

DreaminDirector

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go for it....

cb911, if you ever chrome your TiBook, let me know how you ended up doing it. I'm really interested in making my TiBook look like nothing else out there. And chrome would just be sick!
 

Nipsy

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Re: go for it....

Originally posted by DreaminDirector
cb911, if you ever chrome your TiBook, let me know how you ended up doing it. I'm really interested in making my TiBook look like nothing else out there. And chrome would just be sick!
Chroming it would cost a lot ($1000+), because the Ti needs to be coated with an intermediary metal which will accept chroming (titanium will not).

Each stage of the process needs to be buffed and polished by hand, and then each surface needs to be re-machined for mating consistency. You're looking at a near impossible task for even a really good chromer.

This is why you've never seen a chromed Ti.
 

wdlove

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Lower the price, maker a smaller model, & then stop making the iBook! :)
 

Over Achiever

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Well, since there are new powerbooks out now, looks like its time for me to buy. So as accessories:

iSkin Keyboard protector
Tote n' Tilt handle
40 GB 5400 rpm HD (since I don't see a 5400 rpm option anymore)
Canon Powershot 230 (digital elph)
USB compact flash reader (sorta like the disk on key)

I might get a Olympus C-50 instead of the Canon...we'll see. :)


Anything else?
 

Rower_CPU

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Originally posted by Over Achiever
Well, since there are new powerbooks out now, looks like its time for me to buy. So as accessories:

iSkin Keyboard protector
Tote n' Tilt handle
40 GB 5400 rpm HD (since I don't see a 5400 rpm option anymore)
Canon Powershot 330 (digital elph)
USB compact flash reader (sorta like the disk on key)

Anything else?
Don't forget a towel to mop up the drool...those new machines are sweet! :D
 

Over Achiever

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Original poster
Ok...so I've covered the hardware aspect of the acessories. Please, if you have other accesories, post 'em!

As for software...any good/cool freeware/shareware I should have? Different themes to the OS? Displaying your time between restarts in the finder? Good instant messaging programs? Useful hacks? Etc...

How about terminal tricks?
 
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