Monday, December 29, 2008

Acer Aspire One Netbook

A few months ago I replaced my usual spiral notebook with an Acer Aspire One netbook. I'm usually out and about when I feel like jotting things down, hence the spiral notebook, but I type *whey* faster than I write. Now I can whip out an under-a-kilo dinky laptop and take notes, without having to clear off a swath of table space.

It's perfect for working with text, taking grubby webcam clips, tuning-in to Pandora, late-night ssh connections to the office -- simple stuff. Keep your MacBook Pro for the heavy stuff ... but keep it at home!

Case-Mod Tip: To dress it up, I found (after much sticky trial and error) that printing graphics on premium photo paper and then using "photo mount" spray adhesive to attach it to the case works nicely.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Vantec SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter

This thing just saved me a world of pain. Rather than try to resurrect yet another spyware infested windoze machine long enough to pull the important filez off it ... I plugged the IDE disk into this adapter, attached it to my Mac, and stuffed everything into a folder where I could burn it to a disc.

The thing handles the permutations of 2.5", 3.5" and 5.25" IDE or SATA drives, thanks to a thorough combination of power and data cables that are included.

And it was twenty-five bucks!