Macbook, Netgear and the WEP Key

March 25, 2007

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There has been a very common issue with new Macbook users and wireless internet. If the user has a Netgear router (in my case a DG834G wireless router) and uses a WEP key, when setting up a new connection they simply cannot connect to the internet as their WEP key isn’t accepted, no matter how many unsuccessful tries.

What’s amazing is that the “fix” is actually quite simple, but something almost no-one could figure out on their own. All the user needs to do, is just put a $ in front of the WEP key when they type it. No hacks, no drivers, just a simple $.


Fixing my Macbook Touchpad

March 11, 2007

Recently, my Macbook’s touchpad button has become a little unresponsive and not as strong as it used to be. This bugged me a lot and I thought I had some dirt underneath that was hindering it’s movement. That is until I found this link.

Turns out I’m not the only one having the problem and I don’t think it’s dirt at all. The best part is, there is a very easy fix. Just place some origami in the bottom of your Macbook and you’re all set to go. This is one of the most creative thing and useful things I have found.


Review – STM Glove

February 28, 2007
The STM Glove by Matthew Lew


The STM Glove is a real treat. It allows me to protect my Macbook but still maintains around the same width as the laptop without the case. It fits extremely well, just like a “glove”. STM is correct in saying “Think of it as a wetsuit for your laptop

My STM Glove


My main attraction to the case/sleeve is the size. As I stated, even with the case on, my Macbook is pretty much the same size. This helps a lot when I have a lot of books to carry between classes or when my bag is too jam packed. The glove offers protection from bumps, dust and scratches, but offers little protection for serious damage (e.g. If you drop it), although the material feels like it could still absorb a small amount of shock. One feature of the STM Glove that people seem to rave about is that fact that the laptop doesn’t actually touch the zip, as it is protected by an extra flap. This was a good idea, as it helps protect from accidental scratches since the glove is such a tight fit.

The Extra Flap


The negatives of the STM Glove are few but there are some. One is that when you first buy the glove, it may require some stretching to fit your laptop inside. This is because it’s designed to be the tightest fit possible. For most people, when using a product they bought for the first time, they don’t want to be pulling at it like it’s going to tear it apart. Another problem is that when you go to zip up the bag, the flap sometimes gets in the way. This is annoying when you are in a rush, as you need to stop and tuck in the flap as you close the zip. Once again, only a minor problem, but still one none the less.

Something that confuses me though, is what this extra corner handle is really for. (See pic) The STM Glove is meant primarily for people who already have a bag to put their Macbook in, but want some extra protection while it’s in there. The inclusions of this barely movable handle in the back top right corner puzzles me, as it seems to be almost completely useless. It’s so small and tight that you can’t even carry the case by it. I’m not saying it gets in the way, it’s just that if STM are going to put a handle on the glove, they should make it a LITTLE more useful.

What’s the point of this?


I compared my STM Glove to my Crumpler School Hymn in size and protection. The School Hymn, in my opinion, would be classified as a hard case, as it has an outer shell that is quite hard and seems to be resistant to heavy damage. But being a hard material, the School Hymn takes up around a cm more space when the laptop is inside. It is also more bulky to carry, and would be more uncomfortable than the STM Glove to carry around with a lot of things. But if you have just the laptop to carry and have space to fill, the Crumpler School Hymn may be the better option.

The Crumpler School Hymn and STM Glove


Compared in thickness


In conclusion, the STM Glove is the perfect case/sleeve for anyone who already has a bag to carry their laptop in but want a protective and very portable case for the occasion that they do have to remove their laptop from within the bag and carry it by itself. If you don’t need to protect your laptop from anything extremely hazardous, like a truck, then the protection that the STM Case offers is more than enough.

Pro’s – Very Portable, Offers good protection from scratches, dust and bumps

Con’s – Doesn’t offer major protection