I was going to post a really long complaint about my last flight and airport experience, but this is in the same spirit and it’s much shorter:
New TSA Rules Regarding Lithium Batteries (it.slashdot.org)
Last time I was on a plane I had lithium-ion batteries in my phone, two iPods, laptop, camera, and a watch. And, based on the number of suits yapping about “how the plane just landed” and explaining to several people how they are “not to the terminal yet”, there were a lot of lithium batteries on board. How long will it be until some TSA screener rips apart someones Rolex to weigh the battery? Anyway, I’m off to find some spare lead-acid batteries for my wrist watch….
Next up: No items containing more than three ounces of carbon (unless in a clear plastic bag (which may not contain carbon or be measured in metric units (may be subject to search and damage by blue-glove-wearing TSA employee))).
SecondRotation (www.secondrotation.com) appears to be a somewhat cost-effective way of selling/disposing of your laptops and other electronic devices. The estimated value of my old iPod with a dead battery is $31. That seems fair to me, but I think I’ll keep my iPod. My 12″ PowerBook came in at a disappointing $349. That is $349 for a perfectly serviceable three year old laptop. For comparison, I found a similarly spec’d PowerBooks on eBay (with bids) in the $500 to $600 range. I also found one wishful thinker with a buy it now of $800; keep in mind that this same laptop was about $1400 new. On the bright side, SecondRotation offered to give me $116 for my year-old TomTom One. Do they know you can buy a new one for under $200?
Info-Mac.org (www.info-mac.org) is the recently released reincarnation of the old Info-Mac. I haven’t looked around much, but this has the potential to be a useful site.