Shitting my pants

I was eating dinner tonight when in the room started smelling like something’s burning. Apparently the Powerbook’s power connector was BURNING. Thank God I was fast enough and removed the cable from the wall plug, or we would have the powerbook, the bed it was on, and maybe the whole building on fire right now.

My heart is still bumping like crazy right now from the shock. I am using the powerbook to post this, I still have 3:30 hours left before its battery runs out. Regardless of the power supply cable melt (picture here), the Powerbook that was connected to was unaffected.

BTW, yes, a new power supply is what JBQ wanted to buy me for Christmas as a gift this year. I didn’t feel it was necessary to get one (my power supply’s cable was half-sliced after using it for 3 years). But I would have kept the gift anyway if it wasn’t for JBQ picking by mistake a… battery off the Apple Store shelf instead of a power supply. 😉

Anyways, thank God we didn’t have a fire and Steve Jobs’ announcement is only 1.5 days away. I am getting a new Powerbook should Apple releases some x86 ones. Otherwise, I will just buy a new power supply for my 3 year old 12″ Powerbook (1st generation, 867 Mhz).

BTW, I am not the only one with sliced power supply cables with exposed internals. Apparently many ibook/powerbook owners who use their laptops for a long-ish time they get the same problem one way or another because the plug that connects to the powerbook and the cable behind it, tends to break (the connection between the two is not well-thought). On PC laptops this never happens because they use rigid and ugly fat cables. Apple uses beautiful, thin cables. And then your house is on fire. But you still got the good looks, so not all is lost (yes, that was sarcasm).

Not replacing the power supply immediately after I saw the small opening in the cable a month ago, is my fault (I was feeling sorry for the 80 bucks it costs, cause I found the price over the top). But having the cable going bad so easily because the design is not rigid-enough and without myself having ever mistreating this laptop, is Apple’s fault. IBM has ugly-ass fat power supply connectors so they will NEVER fail that way.

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