Archive for November, 2011

LoJack for Laptops

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LoJack for Laptops
Laptop Battery

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I just purchased a three year subscription to LoJack for Laptops from Amazon.com.

What is LoJack for Laptops?

LoJack for Laptops is software that is installed on your Mac or PC behind the scenes and can report in to Computrace LoJack it’s location most of the time if your PC is stolen.

According to LoJack for Laptops their service works like this: if your computer is stolen:

1. You file a police report and notify our Recovery Team.

2. When your stolen computer contacts our Monitoring Center, it is placed on high-alert and starts calling us every 15 minutes, allowing our Recovery Team to closely track your computer’s location.

3. Our Recovery Team provides law enforcement with tracking information and documentation essential for procuring search warrants and leading them to the location of your computer.

4. The police recover your computer and return it to you!

The company claims to recover 3 out of 4 stolen computers that use their service. The company says that their software is tamperproof and still stays on your computer even if the drive is reformatted or a new OS is installed.

So why did I pay to better protect my laptop?

Well for a couple of reasons.

First off I’ve had laptops stolen in the past. It really sucks. A lot of times what sucks even worse than the laptop theft are the files that are stolen with a laptop. Even more than this though is the sense of victimization that you feel when someone has stolen something from you. The satisfaction of knowing that someone who stole from me was caught and hopefully pays a legal price is probably worth more to me than even the value of the laptop itself.

Oftentimes someone who steals a laptop is likely involved in other crime and so it would also make me feel good if they caught them and other people got their stolen property back too.

Also I’m out and about quite a bit with my laptop. One of my main uses for my laptop is to offload photos that I take from my CF cards to the laptop’s hard drive. For this reason my laptop goes with me in my photo backpack every single day. Frequently I worry about walking around with so much expensive gear on me. Not only do I keep my laptop with me everywhere, but I keep my Canon 5D and 4 L Series lenses with me everywhere I go as well. There is a good chance that if someone stole my backpack and I could track the laptop that I might also be able to recover my camera, lenses, batteries and CF cards if they were stolen with it too.

I had my first Canon 5D stolen in the Bahamas two years ago and that really sucked too.

Chances are of course that your laptop will not be stolen. LoJack cites pretty high statistics though. They say 1/10 laptops are lost or stolen and 97% are never recovered. I think if you ask around you probably already know someone who has had one stolen before. For me, the cost of per year for a little extra piece of mind is well worth it.

Thanks, by the way, to Martin Taylor who tipped me off to LoJack for Laptops. I found out about this service when I posted a note on FriendFeed saying I’d pay 0 for a chip to track my laptop with GPS and he brought this service to my attention.

Battery
Laptop Battery

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note the edge

For Ye Olde Rusty Laptops
Laptop Battery

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After going through the Giant’s Cave tunnels, with your back bent and legs hunched for over 200 meters, you feel like you’re stepping back in time and doing what the ‘ancients’ did as they made their way to the chapel to worship.

And just as they did, you finally emerge on the cliff face, with the river Avon roaring below you, the immensity of the cliffs overpowering you and an ancient wall socket for all ye olde laptops beckoning you to recharge your batteries. And it was 9 feet off the ground; they must have been giants.


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Vostro V131 (2011 i5) Review / Comparison to Vostro V13 (2010 – Core 2) (HD)

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This is a short video review of Dell’s new Vostro V131 notebook. The video also includes a side-by-side with last year’s Vostro V13. VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS – Side-by-side comparison of Vostro V131 and V13 – External Ports – Keyboard comparison – Windows Experience Index (WEI) and Specs for both notebooks – Screen viewing angles comparison SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS: V131 – 13.3″ LED 1366 x 768 (HD) with anti-glare – Intel ® HD 2000 Graphics – 2nd generation Intel ® Core i5-2410M @ 2.3 GHz TurboBoost @ 2.9 GHz – 500.0 GB HDD @ 7200.0 rpm SATA II – Mobile Intel® HM 67 Express Chipset – 4GB single channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333Mhz – Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 NIC) – 3G Mobile Broadband : Dell 5550/5630 – 4G Mobile Broadband : Intel® WiMax Link 6150; Dell 5800 for Verizon LTE – WLAN : 802.11 b/g/n – Bluetooth : Bluetooth 3.0 + High Speed – Stereo headphone jack – Two speakers – Microphone jack and integrated digital array microphone – Integrated 1.0MP HD webcam 1 x Network connector (RJ45) (10/100/1000 NIC) 1 x USB 2.0/eSATA combo 2 x USB 3.0 1 x Headphone/speaker out 1 x Microphone jack 1 x 15-pin VGA video connector 1 x HDMI – SD Card Reader – 6-cell Smart Lithium-Ion 65 WHr Width : 329.3 mm (12.96″) Depth : 237.65 mm (9.36″) Height : 16.05 – 21.0 mm (0.63-0.83″) Weight : 1.85 kg (4.1 lbs) (with 6-cell battery) _______________________________________________________ V13 – 13.3″ HD LED Backlit LCD (1366 x 768) Anti-glare – Integrated Intel ® 4500MHD Graphics Media Accelerator – Intel
Video Rating: 4 / 5


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Apple Aluminum MacBook (Late 2008)

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Apple Aluminum MacBook (Late 2008)
Notebook Battery

Image by William Hook
Battery Indicators (lit).

Apple Aluminum MacBook (Late 2008)
Notebook Battery

Image by William Hook
Battery Indicators (unlit).


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Surprise Spruker: Dell Kiosk

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Following the news of dell’s laptop battery recall, the chasers Spruker pays a visit to a dell kiosk to help with the battery recall.


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1-1 Removing the battery

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1-1 Removing the battery
Laptop Battery

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Read the blog post on replacing the screen of an HP Pavilion dv2945se laptop here.

Charging Setup
Laptop Battery

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Using my Laptop AC adaptor to charge an Xpal battery which charges the thinkpad x200s and a slew of USB devices (phone, digicam battery, flip mino, cowon s9). Only thing I lack is a workable aa/aaa battery charger.


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Official ASUS K53E Unboxing – Episode 13

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Rob from ASUS unboxes the ASUS K53E notebook. Featuring an Intel Core-i3 2310M 2nd-gen CPU, 4GB of DDR3, 500GB storage, and IceCool technology, the 15.6-inch K Series gets amazing battery life – check out our time lapse video showing how long the battery lasts with full screen brightness and video playback.


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Carry-on luggage

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Carry-on luggage
Laptop Battery

Image by Serge Van Cauwenbergh
USA 2009

Photo gear packed in my Think Tank Streetwalker Harddrive


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First Look: Lenovo ThinkPad X220 laptop

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ThinkPad X Series brings you a new version of the world’s best-selling ultraportable laptop. Despite its thin profile, the X220 has full-power Intel processors (up to 2nd-generation Core i7) that perform roughly 60 percent faster than competitors running low-voltage CPUs. You also get 9 to 14 hours of battery life with a standard or high-capacity battery and as much as 23 hours using our external battery pack.


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