The wait will kill me

I just ordered a new iBook battery from the Apple Store (since after running a script in OSX that someone told me about, I found out my battery is at around 39% capacity) and I have to wait 2-3 weeks for it to ship. That’s nuts. I also ordered Radtech’s Pawz to replace my iBook’s non-existent feet. This should help with the heat of my iBook a lot. I had to refrain from buying any other cool toys for now… at least until our tax returns come in ;).

How I’ma Talkin’

Your Linguistic Profile:

75% General American English
10% Upper Midwestern
5% Dixie
5% Midwestern
5% Yankee

What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

Yes, I say “y’all” (it’s nice to have a plural “you”), and I pronounce “Aunt” like “ant”. One thing I’ve never head that is on this meme is calling a grocery cart a buggy or a carriage.

A slow death

So, I’ve figured out that my iBook’s battery is dying. I’ve tried recalibrating it (several times, in fact) with no luck and I’ve even tried resetting the PMU and that doesn’t help either. I get about 2 hours of battery life in OSX and 1 1/2 hours in Linux. When I first got it I was getting around 4 1/2 to 5 in OSX and 3 1/2 to 4 in Linux. If my battery isn’t covered under my AppleCare Protection Plan, I’ll have to use $127 from my tax returns to buy a new one. Hopefully a dying battery isn’t an act of God (see section 2.e.ii).

In the Market

I’m looking for a new laptop backpack or carrying case. It has to have enough room to carry a few books (like my Stroustroup) a mouse, the power cord for my iBook, and some other miscellaneous cables (plus my 12″ iBook!). I took a look at a few bags and I’m quite pleased with the options I have. The first place I looked was RadTech (because I’m going to get their laptop feet since my iBook’s are long gone) and found a couple bags I liked. I also saw a cool glove. Then I checked out Apple’s store to see what they had, and I found one that looks promising. Does anyone out there have any suggestions for me? Also, what other cool iBook accessories do people have that they can’t live without? Let me know :).


I’d like to point out that yes, I know that version 1.3.2 of Drivel supports the MovableType API. I checked out CVS head to do my hacking because 1.3.2 was sending integers for the blogid and postid and the MovableType API wants strings for those values. If your blog software accepts 1.3.2 posting to an mt blog, then its probably not adhering to the mt API which probably means that it is broken. That is all :).

Drivel and Coaster

I’ve hacked Drivel to work with the MovableType API (and I filed a bug as well) so hopefully I’ll be blogging more often. I continue to work on audio support in Coaster, so look for a release sometime in the next month!