December 5th, 2008

Class Action Settlement for Apple 65W power adapters.

In a word, the adapters suck. And someone sued. So now, if you've bought a replacement 65W power adapter for your PowerBook or iBook when your original one died, you can get cash back. Your power adapter must have failed within the first 3 years following the initial retail purchase of the computer, and you must have purchased a replacement adapter.

The class action settlement website is here:

The pdf listing the configuration codes (the last three characters of the serial number) is at:

FAQ on the settlement is at

Depending on when you bought the adapter, you can get from $25 to $79.

Good luck.

Edit: Note that the deadline for adapters purchased on before 14 October 2008 is 11 February 2009. If you bought one after that, you must file within 120 days of the adapter failure, or 31 May 2009, whichever is earlier.

NJ: Your last chance to use or turn in those Garden State Parkway tokens.

The Garden State Parkway raised tolls as of 1 December 2008. Not coincidentally, the Parkway will stop accepting tokens after 1 January 2009. Until then, they are still taking them at the toll plazas. They're also running a token redemption program. The website lists the Montvale (mile 171), Cheesequake (mile 124), and Forked River (mile 76) service areas as redemption locations, as well as the Turnpike administration offices in Woodbridge. (Note that the hours are extremely restricted; the Montvale service area hours are already over, and Cheesequake's hours start tomorrow.)

When the tokens were issued, they cost 33 and a third cents, and could be used to pay a 35 cent toll. Now that that toll is up to 50 cents, what are they worth at the toll plaza? I think I need to ask someone at a redemption location.

If any of you (particularly those of you in New Jersey) find out, please advise.