Archive for July 2004

What every Airport (or other WiFi) Base Station owner should know about security.

July 26, 2004

Tempting though it is to plug in your wireless network and forget it, there are a few easy steps that can save big problems down the line.


It’s official: Lance is the first cyclist to win 6 Tours de France!

July 25, 2004

The AP reports the great news.


What if my iPod battery does wear out some day?

July 25, 2004

Is it true that iPod batteries can’t be replaced? Nooooo.


iPod a “Life Transforming Device!”

July 24, 2004

MacDailyNews reports on the Boston Globe’s story about the world’s best portable music player.

Read the MacDailyNews overview, or go right to the Boston Globe’s story.

Lance gets death threats at the Tour de France.

July 24, 2004

Civilization, especially European civilization, comes to an end. Last one out please turn off the lights…

“This Land Is Your Land”? Bush and Kerry star in a flash movie spoof!

July 24, 2004

It’s everywhere, but it’s the funniest thing in a long time.

Go, Lance, Go!

July 24, 2004

Lance Armstrong is on the verge of making Tour de France history- Again.

One of my heroes, Lance Armstrong, is currently two days away from winning a record six Tours de France. There’s an individual time trial Saturday and a more-or-less ceremonial ride into Paris on Sunday. Lance is a seven-year cancer survivor, dad, and an inspiration to many whose lives have been touched by cancer. Oh, and he can ride a bike pretty good, too. His Lance Armstrong Foundation is raising funds for cancer research. As a former cancer researcher and bicycling fan, I think this guy is the greatest. Check out (or click the yellow “Live Strong” band) to get your $1 yellow band and show your support!

Is my iPod or iPod mini battery OK?

July 23, 2004

A few good Apple articles about iPod batteries.

Temperature graph

I bought my first iPod three years ago, the weekend they first were sold. I bought my second iPod, a 20G model, the first weekend it was sold. I have another that isn’t a year old yet, and Jan has one as well. All of them still work fine, and get about 8 hours’ use from a fresh charge.

Still, I know how to take care of my iPods’ batteries. For instance, don’t leave an iPod in your car when it’s too hot or cold outside. Similarly, don’t leave an iPod connected and mounted on your Mac or PC desktop when you aren’t using it. Why? Batteries normally chemically degrade over their lifetimes, and extreme temperatures hasten the process. Also, use the Hold button whenever your iPod is turned off, to avoid it being turned on accidentally.

Apple has published several good articles which go into a lot more detail. If you want your iPod to last as long as possible, give them a read: Apple – Batteries – iPod, iPod battery frequently asked questions (FAQ) and Tips and tricks to get the most out of your iPod’s battery.