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Archive for August, 2008

11 seconds to steal a scooter – caught on tape

Posted by smallspark on August 13, 2008

Ugh. This video shows what probably happened to my scooter. Watch and learn.

Grrr.

I’m still mad about that. And still scooter-less.:(

(But… I don’t think I can hold out much longer…and that ride will be locked up tight tight tight!)

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My Daily Wander – Laptop protection

Posted by smallspark on August 2, 2008

So for any of you out there that know me, you know that I love to wander around the web finding interesting gadgets or information to fill whatever need anyone I know has mentioned. I think I find some good and useful information so I am going to start sharing.

First up is a laptop protection  – this one is actually for me since I got a new apple powerbook 15″ a short time ago. I’m a bit of a klutz so anything that helps keep my my laptop safe while I’m in motion would be good. I drag my laptop everywhere so any added protection from dropping it would be a very good thing too. 🙂

Laptop Protectors:

A slightly different sporty slide-in case –

  • Specks Sporty Canvas case. This is pretty neat as it reminds me of converse sneakers and I love how constructed the lines are. It feels very clean and spare – yes and sporty too. Just the thing to make me feel energized and ready to go.
  • Specks Hardshell Case This is a sheer plastic case protector whch encloses the entire computer. I am on the fence if I am going to get it. I have heard Specks case scratches the computer when you put it on, and that of course affects the resale value plus it’s just basically a bummer. But they do have very pretty colors. I love that blue.
  • Incase Hardshell Case This is the case protector I might like to use. Rather than the texture being hardshell plastic like the SPECK case, this shell has more of a thick matte rubberized texture in different colors and won’t scratch my laptop. A possible downside is the ability to only open the laptop a max of 90 degrees, which might be a dealbreaker – mine is usually wide open and that’s without anything to increase airflow undeneath. (I hope they will change that in the future.) I’ve also read heat is not an issue with this cover, as one might suspect. The colors on the 15″ are limited to frosted, black or red. I don’t really want any of those colors. thbbb.
  • Invisible Shield This covers the laptop with a very thin, clear, scratch-resistant shell. It comes in several versions from just covering the top/bottom to full coverage of everything but the keyboard. It won’t protect the laptop from those annoying dings.
  • Keyboard protectors:

  • Iskin Protouch Keyboard Protector This has 3 different colors available (white, blue or pink) and just goes right over the keyboard which will stop all sorts of nastiness from falling through the cracks and protect the key from wear.
  • zCover Keyboard Skin is similar to the iSkin and comes in three different styles. If you’re a creative person and want keyboard shortcut reminders for illustrator, photoshop, final cut pro, InDesign or Digidesign Pro Tools this is much cheaper than getting a keyboard and very nice looking. (I’ve seen these at a couple of stores and I really like it.) There are also two other versions. “Preprinted” which has the lettering on the skin. I really like this too because of the high contrast and graphic punch. The “Original” version has FAR more color choices than iSkin and is see-through.
  • And just to add in for pure fun/style (though no real protection) are:
    Laptop Skins:

  • Schtickers has many interesting designs. If you don’t see one you like, they let you create your own.
  • Want more? Laptop Skins
  • Or DecalGirl
  • Laptop Etching (no protection, just style):
    AdaFruit Laptop Etching I really like this look.

    This is just what I’ve found pretty cool so far. What did you find or recommend?

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