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hard cover flightcase for my Powerbook G4

2383 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Aug 13, 2006 7:08 PM by Dale McGraw1 RSS
videoman68 Calculating status...
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Aug 11, 2006 12:28 AM
can anyone recommend a hardcase for my G4 15" Powerbook? I'm going on holiday soon and if I have to check it because of security issues I want to make sure it is properly protected. Most say I am more than a little worried about putting it through baggage handling

Many thanks in advance
Powerbook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.3)
  • brianjfiala Calculating status...
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    Aug 11, 2006 1:11 AM (in response to videoman68)
    I can't recommend a particular model, but it would be really great if SKB manufactured a case for this purpose. SKB is known for making extremely tough cases for musical instruments, sports gear, etc. Looks like they do make a tough-looking iPod case. Maybe they make a general-purpose case that is approximately the right size for your PowerBook? You could buy one that is just a bit oversized, and then fill the extra space with clothing or other padding material.

    http://www.skbcases.com
    MacBook Pro 2.0ghz, 1gb RAM, 256mb VRAM, 100gb HD, Mac OS X (10.4.7), i miss my iBook
  • brianjfiala Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
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    Aug 11, 2006 1:31 AM (in response to videoman68)
    Better solution: Matias Laptop Armor.

    http://matias.ca/laptoparmor/index2.php
    MacBook Pro 2.0ghz, 1gb RAM, 256mb VRAM, 100gb HD, Mac OS X (10.4.7), i miss my iBook
  • joeuu Level 5 Level 5 (5,075 points)
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    Aug 11, 2006 9:18 AM (in response to brianjfiala)
    Now thats a nice case!


    Joe
    15 pb g4 1.25ghz 2gbRAM 80gb Superdrive; 20 iMac 2.0ghz 512gbRAM, Mac OS X (10.4.7), Newton in the closet. SE 30 in the Garage.
  • joeuu Level 5 Level 5 (5,075 points)
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    Aug 11, 2006 3:48 PM (in response to videoman68)
    I would venture that much like having the mothers taste the baby food (one of the charged was a pregnant woman I believe), we will regress to having to at least turn on the notebook and show them it works.

    This would be for domestic flights within the US, wishful thinking on my part I'm sure.

    Joe
    15 pb g4 1.25ghz 2gbRAM 80gb Superdrive; 20 iMac 2.0ghz 512gbRAM, Mac OS X (10.4.7), Newton in the closet. SE 30 in the Garage.
  • brianjfiala Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
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    Aug 11, 2006 4:06 PM (in response to joeuu)
    Security issues or not, the airline industry is ultimately consumer-driven just like any other industry. If customers are not willing to put up with certain security measures, those measures will be abolished.

    Passengers have to realize that airport security (like network security) is not an all-or-nothing deal, safe or unsafe. Instead, each individual security measure has certain costs and certain benefits, and we must collectively decide which security measures are worth taking.

    A caricatured analogy: We'd all be much safer on the road if speed limits of 40mph were strictly and globally enforced. We'd save an awful lot of lives this way. But nobody would seriously consider this security measure even for one minute. Why? The costs are obviously quite high. Transit times would soar, productivity would take a dive, and on top of all that we'd have to pay a huge number of extra cops to police the streets.

    Point of the rant: we as consumers are not powerless in deciding which airport security measures are worth taking. I'm not going to attempt to analyze the costs and benefits of allowing laptops in airports here, but the point is that we have some say in the matter.
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  • brianjfiala Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
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    Aug 11, 2006 4:20 PM (in response to brianjfiala)
    Another analogy. This second one is more extreme, but actually seems less caricatured than my first analogy. This is because its premise seems quite likely to happen at some point in time.

    Suppose some individual or some group is caught attempting to circumvent security in the following way: they smuggle explosives through the checkpoints by hiding them in their most notorious of body cavities. Drug smugglers used to pursue this strategy all the time, and probably still do. It's a pretty low-tech strategy, and not so far-fetched that a terror group might try the same thing.

    If this were to happen, does it automatically follow that we should all submit to full-on body cavity searches before boarding the plane? Shouldn't we all be more than willing to allow Homeland Security's TSA to probe our colons? After all, lives are at stake here!

    If this argument doesn't seem ridiculous, then I don't know what does. Yet it follows exactly the same logic as arguments supporting that we should ban fingernail clippers, laptops, or water from airplane cabins. It's just that in this case, it's quite obvious that the cost of anal-probing every passenger is not worth the security benefits thereby garnered. In other cases, the cost/benefit tradeoff deserves some serious thought, and shouldn't be taken lightly.
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  • Dale McGraw1 Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)
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    Aug 11, 2006 10:28 PM (in response to brianjfiala)
    An even better case than this last post is from a company called Pelican (http://www.pelican.com). These cases can be run over by a Hummer with nary a scratch. They are waterproof down to 30 feet underwater, have an overpressure valve for flying, tamperproof locking mechanisms, with the capability to use four locks, two are already built in. I personally do not have this brand, but I have a friend who bought one, and stated, "What the ****, this case is UNCONDITIONALLY guaranteed." And with that, started up his Jeep Cherokee and commenced to run the right side of his vehicle, both front and back tires, both forward and reverse, and by God, not a scratch.
  • brianjfiala Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
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    Aug 12, 2006 10:07 AM (in response to Dale McGraw1)
    The Pelican 1490CC1 and 1490CC2 both look hard core!!

    Dale, do you know how well these cases fit the MBPRO-15? Or maybe there is a model that fits better? It looks like none of their cases are custom fit to Apple notebooks, and the dimensions seem a bit oversized for the MBPRO-15.
    MacBook Pro 2.0ghz, 1gb RAM, 256mb VRAM, 100gb HD, Mac OS X (10.4.7), i miss my iBook
  • Dale McGraw1 Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)
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    Aug 13, 2006 7:08 PM (in response to brianjfiala)
    You're right in your assumption that they do not make one specifically for Apple's notebooks, but it does have this ballistic foam insert that will do more than enough to protect your computer. If you are looking for a more snug fit as to not move around while inserted into the case, you can always order, for added protection from movement, http://www.booqbags.com/Detail.bok?no=542.

    In my honest opinion, other than the two Brenthaven's that I have, there is nothing tougher or better for your money in protecting an Apple laptop.

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