Fixing an Apple Cinema HD display stand

[If you don’t want to read my hillbilly prose, long story short: I used duct tape to fix a 2003-era Apple Cinema HD 23” display back leg. It doesn’t really work; there’s too much pressure on a small point. I suspect this design was never meant to last more than 5 years. Yes, another quality Apple design. A fix is to order a new leg; they’re still around… I found the part number, and shops that carry it, via Bing. -Wade]

Our big ol’ computer (one of those Apple Cinema Hi-Definition things) busted. Looks like Steve-o  put screws in plastic which was never meant to take screws… and only one side no less… over 6 years the plastic turns into some kind of cheese, or some dang thing.

Apple Cinema HD display broken

We tried super-gluin’ it. Didn’t take. We tried puttin’ the fancy Christmas placemats under the legs, to stop the slip ‘n’ slide action that broke the thing in the first dang place, plus extra glue. Didn’t take. Well, worked for a while, but down at Wal-Mart they’ve got the wreaths out already, so we’ll be needin’ them placemats soon, plus it fell (and can’t get up!) again.

Time to try something else.

Now I can give the missus back her holiday finery.

Apple Cinema HD display with duct tape

Sony’s eBook Library Software 3.0 looks for better hardware

Yesterday Sony released eBook Library Software 3.0, which runs on PCs. Before this came a Sony eBook device. So what’s a bigger deal: the software + service, or the device?

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Yesterday, the blog Mashable says PCs can be pretty good readers:

Although many will argue that the eBook experience is far superior on a device rather than a computer screen — and I would agree — reading books on your laptop or desktop can still be extremely useful. If you’re a student, for instance, it’s much easier to make notes using your computer keyboard rather than a touch screen.

Sure, single-purpose devices work well.

But it seems likely that netbooks that display reader content on an E-Ink screen, and "open" to expose a standard LCD are nigh. That’s good for reading, good for web, and general purpose computing too, and needn’t add much to (not a whole Kindle, for sure) to the price of the PC.

So, I think the software + service is the bigger deal… we’re just waiting the right general-purpose device. This is also where Google (with Google Books software, service, and browsers) & Microsoft (with Reader software and browsers) have landed.

Though I assembled this thought yesterday, today Mashable coincidentally discusses ridiculous, not-at-all-what-I-mean DUAL-LCD laptops:

Two-screen set-ups just allow you to get more done (thus why I use a two-screen set-up). There are disadvantages though, like the power drain two screens will cause and the sheer weight, estimated at 12+ pounds.

Yuck.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii “demo play”, brought to you by Carl’s Jr.

In the film Idiocracy people selectively breed such that the entire population of the U.S. can’t reason out why plants don’t grow when watered with Gatorade.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii will feature “demo play”. Demo play means the game plays itself through chapters you can’t figure out, showing you each & every move, plopping you near a goal as if you got there all by yourself.

I’ve used a website or guide to unblock my progress in a game, and I realize keeping fun flowing is the intent of demo play – as well as keeping game sales flowing, since freely flowing fun runs out quicker  – but integrating this crutch, especially in a game series like Super Mario Bros. which 6-year olds were able to unravel in the 1980s, is like mandatory plot-explanation subtitles in the movie Ice Age 3.

In the 1980s, when a 6-year old couldn’t figure something out, a 6-year old in the neighborhood  or at school could help. Networking. Teamwork. Conflict negotiation. Trying until you succeed at something. I’m pretty sure these all still work. Get your kids to try these instead of demo-playing right into Idiocracy’s dust bowl.

The question mark block: a timeless enigma. Does he punch it, or does he bop it with his head?