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Beatnik (493)

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A 29 year old belgian who likes Mountain Dew, Girl Scout Cookies, Tim Hortons French Vanilla Flavoured Cappucinno, Belgian beer, Belgian chocolate, Belgian women, Magners Cider, chocolate chipped cookies and Perl. Likes snowboarding, snorkling, sailing and silence. Bach can really cheer him up! He still misses his dog.

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Journal of Beatnik (493)

Saturday July 26, 2008
06:29 PM

American iMac

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I've decided to buy myself an iMac for my birthday. Biggest problem: budget. I figured out that the difference in US dollars to a European version is about 500 euros. I've already figured out a way to get it into the country.. What I haven't checked fully yet is wither or not it can run on local power. AFAIK they use 110volts in the states, we use 230volts. The guy at the Apple store assured me it shouldn't be a problem. Some forums say the same thing. All I'll need is a cable. Any other issues I should be worried about? Anyone else did something similar before?
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  • I haven't seen a power supplies that wouldn't accept 100-240V in years. You might need a local keyboard (hopefully a little less than €500).
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    mirod
  • Technically: since a number of years, all electronic devices use switched power supplies only (quickly alternating between "on" and "off" state, easily thousands of times per second; what you get out it the average voltage) that suffer very little power loss (heat). That is what makes it possible to build power supplies so small these days; and what makes them very tolerant in variation in input voltage. So, that should indeed not be a problem.

    The other thing is that legally, you are supposed to pay VAT (