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Saturday, November 29, 2003

Apple Certified Repair

If your Apple Macintosh computer needs servicing, please call an Apple Authorized Service Provider. Apple Authorized Service Providers will assist you in identifying the nature of your problem. Should your computer need hardware repair, the Service Provider will provide you with your available service options.

Find an Apple Authorized Service Provider using Apple's Find Service web page.

Top Sci/Tech Gifts for 2003

Scientific American magazine has a list of their Top Sci/Tech gifts for this holiday season.

You can get everything from beaker coffee mugs to brain-shaped Jello molds.

A great place to look for the perfect gift for the geek(s) in your life.

Fix your iMac's "slouch"...

I recently had an email from a client whose relatively new Flat Panel iMac was refusing to hold up its "head" any longer. Whenever he adjusted the screen into the proper position, it would sink to the desktop. The problem and possible solutions are described in this discussion on the MacRumors forums.

First, let me say that this repair is probably best carried out by an Apple-certified repair technician. It requires a special tool and replacement parts(Neck Tool Hinge Kit for G4 iMacs) and seems to be quite a touchy operation, as seen in this installation video from a web site in Japan.

Thanks to Sam at NightsNWeekends.com for research assistance.

Friday, November 28, 2003

Career-Op: Education -- Future
by Douglas E. Welch, ComputorEdge Magazine

So now that you are on your way developing an excellent high-tech career, you’ve either accrued a group of steady clients or snagged a solid corporate position, how do you ensure your continued success? Last week, I talked about the benefits and problems of specialization. Today I want to discuss the best method of keeping your career fresh in an ever-changing world.

Thursday, November 27, 2003

A PDA for Christmas?

Gearbits has a great chart showing just what PDA you can get for under $100 this holiday sale season.

If you have been waiting on getting a Palm OS PDA, this just might be the time. Prices are lower than ever before and a little smart shopping can get you a great unit for cheap.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the US (in case I have any international readers out there) and the California branch of the family is gathering here at the Welch Homestead.

The smell of roasting turkey is filling the house as my sister and my son prepare the big bird. We will be joined today by friends as well, as we offer up our celebration to anyone who might not have other plans or is far away from their family.

Sometimes, after reading the daily newspaper or watching the television news, you really have to think hard about exactly what there is to be thankful for. Still, there are things, both large and small, that come to mind if you think about it. You just have to delve deep into your memories to find them.

I hope this holiday season finds you all well, wherever you many be.

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

What I'm Reading...

From architecture to thinking to careers to Martha Stewart, another eclectic collection of books currently in my reading pile.

Optimal Thinking: How to Be Your Best Self

Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career

Brag!: The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing it

Decorating for the Holidays: Christmas With Martha Stewart Living

Christmas With Martha Stewart Living

The Distinctive Home: A Vision of Timeless Design

PC Magazine Holiday Gift Guide

It is the season for giving, so here is a link to PC Magazine's Ultimate Desk Jockey gift list.

There is something here for the techno-geek in everyone, whether they are jamming to MP3's, taking digital photos or chatting via text messaging on their cell phone.

Monday, November 24, 2003

OnRobo's 2003 Robot Gift Guide

For your friends who have an interest (or obsession) with robots, here is a short gift guide to give you some ideas.

Falling off the edge of the planet...

Just so you all know that I haven't fallen off the edge of the proverbial planet, here is a short update.

My 5-year-old "germ carrier" brought home something particularly nasty last week and we have been down for the count. I was spared until the very end, so now that everyone else has recovered, I get to be sick.

Anyway, sickness has a way of addling my mind, so nothing has looked very interesting lately, at least, not interesting enough to pass on to you folks. I feel like I am coming out of it, though, so hopefully new material will be forthcoming.

Be well!