Recycling and Reusing Your Old Notebooks


My wife is fastidious when it comes to reusing old stuff instead of buying something new. Recently while going through some of her things, she accumulated enough old paper and notebooks that, once reworked, were enough to keep her stocked for the new semester.

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Change Your MacBook Pro’s Hard Drive = Void Warranty?

121410_rg_MacBookProUpdate_02.jpgThis is a question that I get from a lot of friends and co-workers. Apple has got secrecy revolving around their hardware, and there is this belief from a lot of users that changing the RAM or the hard drive will void the warranty. The answer is no. You can change the RAM and change the hard drive without voiding your Apple Care warranty.

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Extending Your Laptop’s Batteries By Uninstalling Flash

110510_rg_NoFlashMoreBattery_01.jpgApple seemed to have gotten a lot of flak for not having Adobe Flash pre-installed on the MacBook Air, but ultimately, there is a very good reason why they didn’t; on average, the MacBook Air will use 33% more battery power when running Flash then when it’s completely uninstalled. While we have no real comments about the politics involved, we do see a great way of extending your laptop’s battery.

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Are Desktop Computers Obsolete?

102910_rg_AreDesktopObsolete_01.jpgAs more and more people are buying laptops, it begs the following and immediate question: are desktop computers obsolete? It all depends on what you do with your computer. For a lot of users, laptops are fine, especially if you one of the more powerful desktop replacement laptops. However, in some cases, desktops are still very useful.

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Is the New MacBook Air Right For You?

102810_rg_MacBookAirRightForMe_01.jpgApple just released their new version of the MacBook Air last week, and slowly but surely the reviews have started trickling in. The MacBook Air makes a few compromises to achieve its extreme low weight of 2.3 lbs for the 11.6-inch model and 2.9 lbs for the 13.3-inch model. But is it the right MacBook or laptop for you? Read on to find out more.

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MacBook Air or MacBook Pro?

Sexy shots of the MacBook Air

I’ve been waiting for some reviews for the MacBook Air, and unless you read some of the fanboy gushes that I’ve seen, the MacBook Air is an interesting product, but pretty much underpowered. It’s nowhere near a desktop replacement laptop, and even though the booting times are fast thanks to the flash-based SSD storage, it doesn’t make up for some of the shortcomings, including a slow processor, lackluster battery autonomy (~5 hours), and not enough RAM.

The fact remains that the MacBook Air is a sexy beast. Heck, I want one, but I won’t pay $1,800 USD for one, which is what the souped-up model costs. That includes 256GB of storage and 4GB or RAM, putting it at the same price as the 15-inch MacBook Pro, which is considerably faster and is a desktop replacement machine. That’s kind of insane.

This also makes me believe that Apple is about to change their MacBook Pro line in the spring. They’ll probably have top of the line models working with their new flash-based storage. Now those puppies will be blindingly fast and I most probably will delay buying a MacBook until then.

No matter what people say, the MacBook Air 11.6″ is basically a netbook. Fanboys will protest, but yep, that’s a netbook. A really sexy one, but still a netbook. When you can buy the same specs in a netbook for about $300, that’s a problem. It costs Apple $718 to make the 11.6″ MacBook Air, so Apple will be raking in the dough when they sell these.

Still, it’s a great mobile machine, if you’re in the market for an ultraportable.

Reasons Why the New MacBook Air Is Better Than an iPad

Apple just announced the new version of their thinnest laptop, the MacBook Air. While many people think that the iPad is the future of computing, why would you get a MacBook Air? It seems redundant, especially since most of us already have a laptop. There are some good reasons why it’s still a great device.

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Moleskine Mania Giveaway @ The Memoirs

I’ve received quite a bit of Moleskine swag from Chronicle Books for a giveaway to my loyal readers. As you might know, I love notebooks and receiving some free samples as well as receiving extra products for giveaways just makes my day. I was really surprised at how heavy the packet was.

There is the following Moleskine swag up for grabs:

-2 × Moleskine Colour-a-Month Daily Planner
This is a great way of planning out your year. You’ve got 12 small 3½ × 5½ Volant notebooks, each with 64p inside a handy hardcover Moleskine folio-type binder. It’s quite compact and retails for about $40, though you can purchase it for $35 in some places. Check out Nifty review and Parka’s review.
-2 × Moleskine Desk Calendar 2010
This is just a simple desk calendar, delivered in Moleskine style with a hardcover back and prop, which lets it rest at a great angle.

By China Guccio via CC license

Here’s how to enter:

№1 – Leave a comment on this post with a reason why you want these Moleskines and what you’d do with it.
№2 – Follow me on Twitter @ djrange and post the following tweet: Win Moleskine Swag at the Memoirs by following @djrange and RT

Readers who do both will get two entries!

There are no geographic rules for this contest. I’ll ship worldwide. Winners have 5 days to claim their swag, or it will be awarded to someone else. Contest is open until the end of December.

Notebook Addict

This blog and I have been mentioned as notebook addicts over at Notebook Stories. I agree, I love my notebooks and the written word. Oddly enough, I haven’t taken any photos of my recent additions, nor of my notes, so I’ll have to oblige later in the week.

I’ve noticed a couple of great posts about notebooks by Range over at Memoirs on a Rainy Day. I love it when people can just talk about their notebooks and why they like them and how they use them, as in this post: Notebook Obsession and Rhodia Love. He doesn’t have a photo of his whole collection, but he seems to be using 10 notebooks concurrently, as described in a post called Never Enough Notebooks, which I’ve excerpted below.

I also just received some swag from Karen at Exaclair, for Clairefontaine which makes Rhodia and Quo-Vadis. I’ll run some tests over the next few days, with some pics and post them. I was surprised at how small the webbie was, but it was oh-so-pretty in orange.

Today was a great day. I caught up on some grad school work, received some swag, finished early and ate a Vietnamese beef soup. I also played some Dragon Age: Origins. I’ve been wanting to play all week, but didn’t have them time. I’m about 44 hours in and completed 18% of the game. That gives you an idea how long it is!

PSN Notebook Giveaway at Notebook Stories

Nifty is giving away a few PSN notebooks. Head on over there for the review.

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