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Dirk Pilat - 2001.09.11

Hi, everybody!

Last week I complained about numerous features of my new iBook I didn't like at all and asked you guys and girls to give me some advice on how to manage these. Here we go....

David obviously had some pretty wild ideas about the stuff I do with my iBook:

I'm not going to delve too deeply into what those hard-to-clean stains might be, but do not fear a little toughness when using the right cleaning materials. The stains will come off (try dried egg splatter from my morning breakfast).

Jesse gave me a tip on how to reset my baby:

The little restart button is only supposed to be used in extreme situations and is supposed to reset the clock for whatever reason; for regular crashes, good ol' command-control-power does the job.

Michael thought he would be extra helpful by telling me, "There is also another product that allows better control of the cursor; it is called a mouse. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and you plug it into either one of the USB ports on the side of the iBook."

Thanks, man!

Leigh gave me some info regarding my reset buttons:

The reset button resets the Power Manager and provides a hardware reset. It should be used only when the aforementioned methods do not work. One of the effects of resetting the Power Manager is that the date/time values are reset. This iBook, like its predecessors, does not have a backup (or PRAM) battery.

Josh encouraged me with my games:

You've got to be kidding me. Are there any trackpads you enjoy using to play "shoot 'em ups"?

David actually gave me an "aha" moment:

Well, first of all, it's not considered a "laptop" - every manufacturer dropped that phrase long ago in favor of "portable" because they get so hot, you need to have them on a flat surface. You see those feet on the bottom of your iBook? They are so that air can come through and cool it! Beds and anything that can block that airflow will cause the iBook to get hot, and when your computer overheats and you call apple, they will ask you, do you keep it on a flat well ventilated surface? That's not covered under warranty as that's not regular operating procedure. Just a suggestion.

Well, now you know.

Until next week. LEM

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