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    A tale of 3 Tibooks...

    I agree with you there. Seems it wouldn't be impossible to use tiny screws or even a slide-in fit to hold them in place. I feel fortunate that, when I got my now-ancient MacBook Pro, I bought a metal case with a padded interior that does a pretty good job of protecting the computer. It was supposed to protect the computer from a three foot drop, maybe more, and I don't recall ever dropping it from a height like that, but it has been knocked over or fallen over a couple times and the computer remained secure. The locks no longer work, and parts inside the lock are broken off so that ship has sailed completely, and the latches don't reliably work anymore, although they still manage to somewhat lock themselves shut on occasion, so I've had to resort to straps and Velcro to ensure it stays shut but otherwise it's still serviceable. The downside is that the manufacturer no longer makes such cases and all I've managed to find so far are fabric cases, sometimes with padding, but no secure, metal, interior-padded cases, which is definitely something I would want if I ever got a new laptop.
  2. Can't help but I can share in your misery. I remember a book long ago for programming in BASIC. You had to type in the code from the book-- no examples on floppy. And I remember this one program--I think it was something somewhat lengthy, maybe two to four pages in length--and I typed it all in and it wouldn't work. And I checked and re-checked for typos or any minor errors and still no go. As I recall, I never did get it to work.
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    Discharging a CRT - video

    I'm guessing I may have gotten the information from this article: https://lowendmac.com/2007/the-truth-about-crts-and-shock-danger/ Says that: "If you want to minimize the chance of getting an unpleasant jolt, just let the thing sit overnight." But then there's this article that basically says "Run for your life!" http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=759704&seqNum=2 I'm not claiming any expertise on any of this. After reading the first article, I'm a bit concerned now about recapping the power supply I have that needs to be recapped. After reading the second article, well, CRTs are scary again.
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    040 Recommendations?

    Out of curiosity, what are 900s and 950s going for these days? Same here, except mine is a Q800. And I'm debating whether to put the PRAM battery in or just reset the clock each time. Or, possibly, rig up a dummy battery with the actual battery in a more accessible location, as someone did in another thread with a different machine.
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    Macintosh SE Clock Battery Mod

    It's also easy to overlook and forget about something that lasts for ten years. I've had AA and AAA batteries leak in what seemed like under a year, so why take a chance? And I say that knowing I've probably got batteries leaking in different devices that I've forgotten about.
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    Discharging a CRT - video

    Also, if memory serves, the longer the CRT sits disconnected from power, the more it discharges naturally. So, when possible, if you can let it sit for a few days or longer, there will be less of a charge to discharge, which makes it a little less scary when doing the actual discharge whether with a homemade tool or an official one.
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    Mighty Jabba's Conquests

    What about a SCSI2SD? They have a PowerBook edition.
  8. I'm not going to get this done before the end of the year. I mean, I probably could, but I'd rather spend more time on it and do it right rather than rushed. Technically, I've already missed the 35th anniversary already, so I guess doing the article next year won't be a big deal. Anyway, that means if anyone else wants to participate, there's more time available. Don't have a definite date for a deadline but I'll post advance notice when I have a better idea.
  9. Can you use tape around the cracked areas to hold it together? I haven't glued together a PowerBook case but a week or two ago, I had to glue together the plastic casing for an old laminator. I needed to keep everything straight so it would go back together properly after the glue had dried. I used tape. On the outside of the plastic case, I cleaned any excess glue that was coming through the cracks and then taped directly over the cracks. Went around the cracks and everything I could tape in order to hold it together. Also, I folded over one edge of every piece of tape to create a pull tab that would make removal easier later. And that all worked. The glue dried and I was able to put the laminator back together without any problems. There is one crack that's not quite even so you can feel it from the outside. But this is also thicker plastic than a PowerBook case, so I probably would have done better to use stronger tape or, possibly, come up with some kind of metal bracing system to hold it all in place while the glue dried. But, it needed repair before the cracks got worse, and I didn't have time or the materials available to build a better bracing system.
  10. The batteries are 18650. Still no idea of the size of the tri-point (y-type) screwdriver needed.
  11. Thanks. I may give it another shot at charging, but these lithium batteries always concern me. I did manage to find a disassembly video on YouTube and it appears the inside of the iBook G4 battery is just six cylindrical batteries. I've forgotten the battery number, but something like 18xxx, which are also apparently used in some flashlights. Knowing that, I'm more confident in being able to take it apart safely. Downside is that it has a pair of screws that requires some kind of tri-point screwdriver. I have a set of these special screwdriver heads for all these screwy shapes but, of course, one that would work for the screws on this battery is not among them.
  12. Are there dummy batteries available for the iBook G4 (or other PowerBook/iBook) models? I am presuming the battery in mine is dead. Doesn't seem to want to charge. Mind you, I only had the computer on for under ten minutes but still I would think maybe it would have gone from 0% to maybe 1% at least. In any event, seeing as it is a lithium battery anyway, I'd kind of prefer to get rid of it anyway. But, with the battery gone, there goes a foot as well, so it would be off-balance. So, I'm curious if some kind of dummy battery is available to fill the gap. If it wasn't lithium, I'd try disassembling it to see if just the outer cover, the part that matches the iBook, could be saved.
  13. I think that will be okay so long as people indicate they are referring to the Apple IIc+. I can include a sidenote mentioning the differences between the original and later model. Might also allow me to work in a raisin reference which will tie into another article.
  14. Thanks to everyone so far. And, yes, a paragraph or two would be fine. And the more the merrier--I think (hope) people will be interested to see that there are still people running these machines today and how they are being used or even why people find them interesting. You can PM me responses too. And include an eMail address where I can send you the PDF of the final issue if you want to see it. And if you'd like to see a preview of the article beforehand, I can eMail that as well.
  15. I hope this is okay to ask this here . . . I have a newsletter that I put out at least once a year. (My current subscribers get a PDF edition for free when the newsletter is released and I offer printed copies and back issues for sale.) It's not about computers but more eclectic in nature. Anyway, since this year (well, April) was the 35th anniversary of the Apple IIc and because I also (finally) obtained an Apple IIc this year, I was hoping/planning to do a little write-up about the Apple IIc and include it in this year's issue, which I hope to release on December 31st if not sooner. If, *if*, I manage to finish the article in time, I'd like to include some accounts from other people who used the Apple IIc back when it first came out (I didn't) or those who still use one today, especially if you have something interesting you're doing with it these days. You'll get proper attribution (i.e., "John Smith of Cityname, Wherever says . . .") and that's about it. I'll send you a PDF copy of the issue if you want. I have 250-300 subscribers on my list and most never even download the issue, so you're not going to become Internet-famous or anything. So, if anyone's game, please let me know. Thanks!
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