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Apple is recalling over a million laptop batteries because they may overheat and pose a fire hazard. As with Dell last week, the batteries were made by Sony. Three different G4 models sold between October 2003 and August 2006 are being recalled. This represents a third of all Apple laptops sold during this time frame. Amazingly, some laptops are having their batteries recalled a second time. Apple earlier recalled batteries made by LG. 

Is this all Sony's fault? They sell batteries to many laptop vendors. A Sony spokesman said that because of the way other companies configured their laptops, the Sony batteries in them do not pose a fire hazard. 

As with the Dell recall last week, if you own an affected laptop, you should remove the battery and only power it with electricity. 

Radio Shack fired about 400 employees by email. Radio Shack: You've got pink slip by Steven Musil August 30, 2006. 

Olivia had a flood in her apartment and all her computers were destroyed, along with her on-site backups. Fortunately, she had off-site backups too. A word to the wise. Michael suggested using web site space for off-site storage. There is one web hosting company offering 100 gigabytes of space for $75/year. 

Bill Machrone on digital music

Our guest was Bill Machrone of PC magazine, who in addition to be a computer person is also a musician. Our topic was digital music. You can read Bill's PC Magazine columns online. 

One of his favorite