A better Scooba battery

My four year old Scooba finally needs a new battery. It has been slowly degrading, as expected, and now has reached the point where it won't complete a full cycle before reporting that it's out of juice.

Rather than spend $70 for a new battery from iRobot, I opted for a $50 replacement Scooba battery from Amazon. A few of the reviews there indicated that it didn't fit correctly, and while it's not as snug as the original, it's just fine and charges fine when the Scooba is stored vertically.

The new battery is said to be an "extended" model, but the power specs match those of the factory battery that I replaced. That's fine with me, it's working well, and cost less. What more could I ask for?

If you have a Roomba, check out Roomba Battery Woes for power strategy information.


Appearing in The Magic Cabaret

This Wednesday, December 16, 2009, I'll be performing at Chicago's Magic Cabaret. Get yourself a ticket and come see the show! Here's the scoop about this week's show:

Greetings, Magic Fans! On December 16 we're doing a special edition of The Magic Cabaret! PT Murphy will be out of town, so David Parr has invited TWO fab guest performers to join him for this Wednesday's show: Gordon Meyer and Joe Diamond!

Gordon lives a Lamont Cranstonesque dual life. By day, Gordon explains the workings of computer software to the public. By night, he works feats of legerdemain that cannot be explained! Gordon is one of the warmest, friendliest, tallest magicians we've ever met -- AND he bears an uncanny resemblance to the Magic Cabaret mascot, Mr. Cuddles -- so we're sure you'll enjoy meeting him as much as we enjoy having him around!

Joe might not have a secret identity, but he makes a living by defying the boundaries between what we assume can and can't be done. Can thoughts be perceived? Can distant events be sensed? Is your mind an open book? When you see Joe in action, you may feel compelled to reconsider your answers to those questions! ESP, telepathy, clairvoyance -- you'll be too busy having fun to wonder what to call it, so let's just call it MIND MAGIC!

All this, and a bit of holiday magic from David Parr!