Rockin the Lap

iLap 1 - Small - Snagged from Rain Design’s Site I love my MacBok Pro, but it gets far too hot far too quickly when I have it sitting in my lap, and as I got this machine specifically to have the flexibility to use it when and where I want. At the moment, that means writing this post as I sit on the couch, next to Sarah as she makes a couple of giant pillows for the floor. The only reason I’m able to do this is the iLap Laptop Stand from Rain Design. After reading the reviews on Amazon I ordered it and it arrived in two days. Since then I’ve used it while lounging in a couple of chairs and on my desk as a replacement for the old laptop stand. It has been a tremendously satisfying experience so far and I highly recommend that you check them out, especially if you are using an MBP, or other laptop that runs hot.

They have a couple of models (15” for the MacBook Pro, 13.3” for the MacBook ), so the bases are covered if you have something other than a MacBook Pro. Anyway, I thought I’d share the info in the hopes that others may find it useful too. Hopefully this will lead to me posting more often as it won’t require that I set up the comp at my desk!

Mmmm….iPhone

Images snagged from Apple
Images snagged from Apple
Just announced at Macworld: The Apple iPhone

iPhone combines three products — a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, maps, and searching — into one small and lightweight handheld device. iPhone also introduces an entirely new user interface based on a large multi-touch display and pioneering new software, letting you control everything with just your fingers.

This is the ultimate device: beautiful phone with a ton of major feature and usability enhancements, iPod, PDA (running OS X), digital camera with Wifi, and Bluetooth in addition to the cell connections.

Coming in June, though sadly, only to Cingular. This is the first time I’ve ever been seriously tempted to leave Sprint for cell service.

Replacing an iPod Hard Drive

Josh Highland provides a great step-by-step tutorial demonstrating how to replace the drive of an iPod. Following the steps proved little trouble, allowing me to fix my mother-in-law’s hard drive after the iPod started misbehaving. As the new hard drive is much cheaper than the cost of a new iPod, and as Apple would have only given her $25 to trade it in, the choice was easily made. 30 minutes and a bit over a hundred bucks later, Linda has a working iPod.

Solar Chargers

It appears that solar electricity is finally reaching the every-day-consumer level thanks to companies like Solar Style, which are producing convenient solar chargers for use with various battery powered devices. The prices are coming down, and are close to hitting the sweet spot that will make it economical for many of us to purchase a charger in order to reduce our consumption of electricity from the grid. Thanks to Treehugger for the great pointer!