Four Important Things I Saved But Can’t Remember Where -  A Cautionary Tale

by David Parmet Jan 23, 2006

Let this be a lesson….

1. The DVI to VGA Dongle for my PowerBook

I’ve had this PowerBook for two years and not once did I have to use it to do a presentation until last week. I know I had the dongle, I can even remember holding it in my hands thinking “someday I’m going to need this so I better put it somewhere safe.” Somewhere safe enough so I couldn’t find it when I actually needed it.

Last weekend, at a conference where of course I was giving a presentation, I was wandering the halls, grabbing anyone I saw with a PowerBook. They all lost their dongles. We were an entire conference, dongleless. What we needed was a dongle depot.

2. The part of the iPod to FireWire cable that can be plugged into a household power outlet.

You know, the brick. Just like the brick for your PowerBook (the one with the lost dongle) but smaller.

It would be nice to get some juice into my iPod without having to also have my PowerBook handy, but Mr. Smartypants here had to put it in the drawer along side the DVI to VGA dongle.

Are you starting to sense a pattern?

3. The two extra sets of earbud pads that also came with my iPod

The first set lasted about two weeks. Since then I’ve been wearing naked earbuds and frankly they are getting a bit… never mind.

Everytime I’m in the Apple Store I grab the $9.95 replacement pack of five full colored earbud pads. Then I put them back. I figure I’ll just look a bit harder to find the original ones.

I haven’t found them yet.

4.  The white Apple stickers that came with every Apple Computer I’ve ever owned

I keep thinking they would look really cool on the back of my car - next to the “What Would Jimmy Buffett Do?” bumpersticker.

I’ve got some white ones, some rainbow ones. 

But I can’t find any of them.

I do have my system disks. All of them. I’m not that bad.


  • So basically you need a shoebox labeled “Mac stuff”.

    Bad Beaver had this to say on Jan 23, 2006 Posts: 371
  • which of course… I would lose.

    David Parmet had this to say on Jan 23, 2006 Posts: 10
  • Ok, this is what I do: All of my important stuff, I keep in the trunk of my car. Why? Nothing else ever goes in it and no matter where I am, I’ll always have it. Now of course, if you actually use the trunk for carrying groceries and other stuff, you’re screwed. smile

    Frank 'viperteq' Young had this to say on Jan 23, 2006 Posts: 32
  • I’m sending in feedback about the power brick. It seems crazy they make seperate ones for the iPod and ‘books. Why not make one with a USB or Firwire connector? Help me out and ask for it!

    toadkicker had this to say on Jan 23, 2006 Posts: 10
  • I just keep everything in my nice shiny black PowerBook box.


    .... oh c’mon, don’t tell me you lost your PowerBook’s box…...

    Luke Mildenhall-Ward had this to say on Jan 23, 2006 Posts: 299
  • Actually, the first thing I go to when I need someting IS my PowerBook’s box.. which is full of ... styrofoam!

    All these tips will go into my big file of things to do as soon as I finish reading “Getting Things Done” - thanks for the feedback!

    David Parmet had this to say on Jan 24, 2006 Posts: 10
  • My solution: spend millions of pounds in the apple store. It’s a pain the the arse, but it saves on having to be organised in any way, shape or indeed, form.

    roobottom had this to say on Jan 24, 2006 Posts: 1
  • it seems that you haven’t saved them. you lost them.

    nana had this to say on Jan 24, 2006 Posts: 63
  • Radio shack has ipod earphone earpads—4/$2

    jrbq had this to say on Jan 25, 2006 Posts: 5
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