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could i get some tips as how to extend my battery life as long as possible? i know it will be the first thing to go in this shiny new thirteen inch macbook, for instance: i heard that leaving the power cord in once the laptop is fully charged is bad for it since it is "constantly charging" and wearing on the battery...
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you heard wrong. leaving the cord in does not constantly charge. the power unit in the MB determines when the battery needs a charge, so the actual charge could fluctuate between 99% or so and 100% at any given time.

as i understand it, less deep discharges are better. though occasionally you should do a full discharge to "calibrate" the battery. so many shallow discharges should be better than a few deeper discharges.

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thank you very much also i heard that the aluminum cases on these could "tarnish" quite quickly if not put in a cover of some kind...is this true or do i just need to take care of it?
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i can't imagine that's true. unless you have something touching the aluminum that would react with it (like steel), it should be fine.

Here, from MSN Encarta:

"Aluminum is a strongly electropositive metal and extremely reactive. In contact with air, aluminum rapidly becomes covered with a tough, transparent layer of aluminum oxide that resists further corrosive action. For this reason, materials made of aluminum do not tarnish or rust."

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ineresting, then as long as i am careful this laptop will be beautiful forever, if i seem a little neurotic it is because i am on a students budget and this laptop is now the most valuable thing i own next to my truck =p while we're on the subject of aesthetics...what would you recomend for cleaning it? just water and a rag or could i go as far as to dare windex...
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To clean your MB use specific cleaner such as iKlear. It's made to keep your MB clean and shiny without damaging it

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well, a soft, dry cloth should work for just a light cleaning on the aluminum and the screen. if the screen gets really bad, there are monitor wipes you can get. i'd stay away from windex, which is probably a bit harsh for that purpose. i also find after using the monitor wipes, that finishing with a soft dry cloth helps remove any left over streaks.

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