Archives for June 2010

To Do List

Yes, this is our shopping list

I don’t think I need to say who added which item.

For Sale: iBook G4

Since getting my netbook at Christmas, I’ve barely opened my iBook, which is a real shame as this is a great computer. Which is why I’ve decided to sell it.

I’ve had the iBook since Oct 2005, and it’s been with me everywhere. From lecture halls to hospitals, Aberystwyth to Utrecht, it’s worked happily and still does.

It does have a few problems:

It’s a bit dirty. How the hell do you clean white plastic?!

So 2 years ago, I’d just moved to Bristol and invited Dad and Maria over for dinner. I showed Dad something on the laptop when it fell out of my hands and knocked itself. This is the extent of that damage. Its got a bit of a gap between the plastic and the screen.

The wiring on the plug is a bit dodgy. You can buy replacement chargers on eBay but *touch wood* I’ve not had any problems with this, and it’s been in this state for a while.

It’s the last model that Apple did in the iBook range, a 12 inch model with the standard spec. I’m typing this on my iPhone, but will link to the relevant page when I get a chance! Here’s the page from Apple with the full specs.
It was part of the range that had their batteries recalled because they kept blowing up or something, it was changed around Dec 2007. Battery life is reasonable, about 2 hours?

Want it? Drop me an email to hi (at) I’m open to offers, because I have no idea what to ask!


I took a day off recently, and thought that (after packing and admin stuff) the best way to spend the day would be to camp out in a café and get some of this blogging done.

Fellow bloggers (blogees?), I’m sure you’ll understand the frustration of having so many ideas that you can’t get anything out – well, this was my problem. I thought a change of scenery would do me good.

Unfortunatly, I needed to get online to blog. And for some reason, my netbook wasn’t playing happily with the free wifi at Boston Tea Party (not for the first time!) Annoying. I have an O2 PAYG dongle, but that’s about a third of the size of my netbook! It’s clumsy, and I keep feeling like I’ll knock it out and break something. Not ideal.

So when 3mobilebuzz contacted me to ask if I’d like to trial one of their new MiFi devices, I said yes!

A MiFi is basically the same sort of thing as a dongle, but instead of plugging it in via USB, it’s a mini wifi hotspot. No wires, no crappy software, and nothing that I feel like I’m going to break off if I knock my netbook against something. And it’s oddly satisfying to say. Myyyyy Fiiiiiiii. Or Mifi.

(I couldn’t resist posting a picture of the giant gold Miffy I took in Utrecht a few years ago. Now that was a holiday where I needed a dongle or a MiFi – the only way I could get on the hotel wifi in my room was by sitting in the bath!)

So the MiFi (on the left) arrived at my office on Thursday (which was excellent timing, as I had picked up an iPhone4 before work and wanted to activate it so I could play with it! (Sadly Vodafone are seeing how much they can annoy me with porting my number from O2. Really not impressed with them yet!)

I’ll be probably tweeting and blogging about how we get on over the next few weeks.

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