Monthly Archives: November 2007

Video Tutorial: How to replace an iPhone battery

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This reminds me of some early Mac surgery I did to install some memory in a Mac plus years ago. It was the first time I cracked open a shell and messed around and it was both fun and scary. I wore the anti-static band, plugged it into the wall grabbed a beer and went to work. Only later did it occur to me that the beer, wall plug and open computer case were not a great combination. Anyway, I’m pretty certain that I will never do what this tutorial shows, but it’s fun to know about. It shows how you can replace your iPhone battery on your own without sending it in to Apple and paying a ridiculous fee for a new battery, all while being without a phone for a couple of weeks. But I still won’t do it. My guess is that I’ll be buying a new iPhone in 2008. We’ll see.

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NASA manned Mars mission details emerge

It’s always cool to imagine this happening. These details make it seem possible. A 400,000kg (880,000lb) Marship would be assembled in orbit using six Ares V cargo launch vehicle flights for a 900-day mission to the red planet. – The spacecraft would take a “minimal crew” to Mars in six to seven months, with the crew spending up to 550 days on the surface.

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Amazon Kindle vs. Sony Reader: Sizemodo and Interface Comparison (Gallery)

During the past week, many readers asked Gizmodo to compare the physical traits of the second-gen Sony Reader and the all-new Amazon Kindle. Here it is.

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Mechanical Planetary Models

These are not kits you can build! Here are pictures of some of the most beautiful mechanisms ever produced. A gallery of old and new mechanical movements of planets and their moons, the entire solar system and tides and eclipses. Orreries, Planetaria and Telluria, respectively. I wish I could say I knew those words before I saw this, but alas I did not.

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Freddie Mercury Remembered

This weekend was the anniversary of his death.  Here’s a great way to remember him.

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Video of the Optimum Maximus Keyboard Actually Working

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Here at last is video of that infamous keyboard that uses mini OLED screens on the tops of the keys. This allows for the keys image and function to change as needed. It also allows for a hefty price tag. So it’s cool and futuristic and expensive. Nice!

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An Amazing Lighthouse Story

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At the Pidgeon Point Lighthouse they switch back to the old kerosene lamps once a year to test everything out. They then leave it in non-rotation so photographers can capture pictures like this one. Very nice! Read more about it.

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