Lap Desk from Levenger
For a nice combination
of extra storage for special projects and backup, I like the expansion
bay drives from MCE and VST. (Noticing how often these guys show up? Good.)
They're truly portable and couldn't be more convenient: Pop 'em in your
PowerBook, and go. Note that the one you buy may not be formatted in HFS+,
so reformatting will be the first thing that you want to do. When backing
up my original 6 gigs to move to the new 18 gig internal drive, those
files ballooned to more than double in size on the traditionally formatted
While less convenient
for using with your PowerBook, external drives have their uses for transporting
data from one computer to another. The most widely marketed drives are
the red and yellow FireWire or USB drives (one or the other connection)
from VST, and they're very good. Better still, though, are the sleek HandPocket
drives from LaCie (http://www.lacie.com),
which come standard in black and silver (which costs extra at VST!), and,
best of all, come with both USB and FireWire connections on every unit.
This dramatically increases the range of computers you can connect to,
including your own. If you decide to add a FireWire card to your 1999
PowerBook, you can take advantage of that faster connection and still
use the drive to connect to desktop computers, including PCs, that still
only have USB connections. If you want or need an external drive for your
PowerBook, I can't imagine why you'd choose anything but the LaCie.
Bottom ($35) and Lap Desk ($29 in maple, $39 in cherry)
I like the Lap Desk
from Levenger (http://www.levenger.com)
even better for some situations, working in bed or a comfy chair in particular.
(The secret's out: I want a computer that's muscular enough to allow me
to accomplish real work, laying down.) It's big enough for the laptop,
a mouse and some papers, but is also very light and easy to store when
not it use. If you want to be conspicuous about storage, Levenger sells
a sleek stand for it, but I find it just as easy to tuck behind something.
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