Score: Tim 0, PowerBook power adapters: 4

I apologize for the unexpected blog slowdown, but my power adapter for my laptop stopped working yesterday. For those following along at home, this is the fourth replacement power adapter (across two different PowerBooks) I’ve had to buy; see prior stories here (2001) and here (2003). Fortunately, it is the first on this particular laptop, so it looks like Apple’s design is improving somewhat.

Still, a power cord should not be designed to allow this sort of catastrophic failure:

I think it looks like they reinforced this connection in the new cord, so maybe I will have better luck with this one.