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Nov 6, 2002, 05:00 PM
 
Hey, all.

Does anyone have a nice bag that holds a TiBook, but is non-casual? The price is insane on these, but I think they look nice: http://www.coach.com/shop/category_l...tegory_id=123.

I don't want the courier or backpack type bags...

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Nov 6, 2002, 05:05 PM
 
I don't know where you live or if there's an apple store nearby, but I picked up a Tumi Backpack for laptops. I didn't know if it fit so I went by the Apple Store and tried and voila it fits.
     
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Nov 6, 2002, 05:11 PM
 
I'm very close the the Apple store here at Woodfield mall (chicago burbs). Guess I could hit the Coach store at the mall and see if they have the bag, and then try it out on my laptop.

Those Tumi bags aren't bad, but I guess I'm looking for something a little less 'computer baggy'.
     
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Nov 6, 2002, 05:17 PM
 
the Kensington Apple Logo bag from the Apple Store is gonna be my purchase as soon as my Ti gets in. Nice room for extras, Options included for handle, Shoulder Strap or Backpack. Perfect, especially for $50.
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Nov 6, 2002, 05:23 PM
 
Originally posted by Christina:
I'm very close the the Apple store here at Woodfield mall (chicago burbs). Guess I could hit the Coach store at the mall and see if they have the bag, and then try it out on my laptop.

Those Tumi bags aren't bad, but I guess I'm looking for something a little less 'computer baggy'.
As of now I got a backpack type bag.
     
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Nov 7, 2002, 11:29 AM
 
Originally posted by Christina:
Hey, all.

Does anyone have a nice bag that holds a TiBook, but is non-casual? The price is insane on these, but I think they look nice: http://www.coach.com/shop/category_l...tegory_id=123.

I don't want the courier or backpack type bags...

TIA,
C.
I don't know if this is available in the US, but these are perfect (and very, very expensive) :

http://www.drbott.de/prod/ticase.html
http://www.drbott.de/prod/ticaseplus.html
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Nov 7, 2002, 12:23 PM
 
Alright, although I admit that the TiCase by Samsonite is the Ultimate upscale Ti Case, it is mighty mighty expensive, as are all the other briefcase-type enclosures, such as those by Haliburton.

Through MacCentral I found out about a company which makes bags & backpacks designed especially for Macs. They come in unimaginable configurations, and tons of different styles for different machines. I definitely suggest everyone check out Willow Design .

Just for the record, I've had the Kensignton case since May 2001, and it's been very good to me. It's good quality with good protection. However, when I've packed it completely with paperwork, my Ti and its accessories, and random other things, it gets a bit uncomfortable. The Backpack mode is the best in that situation, but then if you're carrying it for a LONG time, eventually the laptop begins to dig into your back . But overall I'm pleased. These days I don't move it around as much, and rarely with more than my AC adapter and mouse. So if you're only planning light toting of your Ti for short distances, then the Kensington is an affordable alternative.

If you're into mega travel, I'd definitely invest in something hard-sided for extra super-duper protection.
     
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Nov 7, 2002, 12:45 PM
 
I have the zoom XL from spire and love it.

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Nov 7, 2002, 05:26 PM
 
Anyone try the "Titanium I" by Brenthaven offered by the Apple Store website as "Manufactured exclusively for Apple by Brenthaven," specifically for the Ti PB?

Being sold by Apple, I presume that the $150 is a somewhat inflated price, but if it's good quality, may be worth it?

Since my Ti 1 Gig won't be here for a few weeks, I want to research this a bit before buying!



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Nov 7, 2002, 05:47 PM
 
Originally posted by iBorg:
Anyone try the "Titanium I" by Brenthaven offered by the Apple Store website as "Manufactured exclusively for Apple by Brenthaven," specifically for the Ti PB?

Being sold by Apple, I presume that the $150 is a somewhat inflated price, but if it's good quality, may be worth it?

Since my Ti 1 Gig won't be here for a few weeks, I want to research this a bit before buying!



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I'm looking for a backpack. I looked at the Brenthaven backpack (listed on Apple's page for 179) at compusa. Didn't really impress me much on the outside, but the inside was excellent. It would make our little babies feel nice and warm for the winter.

Also something that might be worth noting. If we get shot at, this particular case is made out of military grade ballistic nylon. I don't care if I take a shot in the shoulder or something, but god be damned if the powerbook gets a f’ing scratch on her!
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Nov 7, 2002, 06:00 PM
 
Originally posted by dialo:
I have the zoom XL from spire and love it.

www.spireusa.com
$135 for a backpack sounds alot, but is it worth it? Does it have two straps over your shoulders or 1 strap across the chest? The website doesn't really have any other pics, I was hoping if you can share some. Thanks!
     
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Nov 7, 2002, 06:36 PM
 
Originally posted by jhunt5247:
I don't care if I take a shot in the shoulder or something, but god be damned if the powerbook gets a f’ing scratch on her!
LOL - Yeah, I hear ya!

Does everyone use a case with a "sleeve" for the Ti? A little more hassle getting it in/out, but worth it, given the relatively fragile nature of the Ti's finish.



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Nov 7, 2002, 06:55 PM
 
Waterfield Designs at http://www.sfbags.com has some very nice bags. The cargo bags can be had in plain black for a more "professional" look. I've been using their iPod and G4 PowerBook Sleevecase for a while and just took delivery of a large cargo bag. All are well constructed and very attractive.

The only downside of the bags is that they're relatively expensive. Nevertheless, I highly recommend them.
     
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Nov 7, 2002, 07:16 PM
 
Originally posted by Christina:
Hey, all.

Does anyone have a nice bag that holds a TiBook, but is non-casual? The price is insane on these, but I think they look nice: http://www.coach.com/shop/category_l...tegory_id=123.

I don't want the courier or backpack type bags...
Get the coach. That is an awesome looking bag, and will only look better over time. You'll have it forever.

Look for coach outlets in your area. I bet you can get it (or something very similar) for much cheaper.

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Nov 7, 2002, 07:30 PM
 
I'm most likely going w/the coach. I just do not like stereotypical 'computer bags' or those backpack thingies.

I can't seem to see them in stock at the local stores, though... I'd really like to make sure the Ti is going to fit ok!

Originally posted by riverfreak:


Get the coach. That is an awesome looking bag, and will only look better over time. You'll have it forever.

Look for coach outlets in your area. I bet you can get it (or something very similar) for much cheaper.

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Nov 7, 2002, 07:42 PM
 
This site can possibly help your decision:

http://www.bagreview.com

     
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Nov 7, 2002, 07:43 PM
 
Originally posted by jerl:


I don't know if this is available in the US, but these are perfect (and very, very expensive) :

http://www.drbott.de/prod/ticase.html
http://www.drbott.de/prod/ticaseplus.html
Yes they are, just go to www.drbott.com

Wow, not sure if they are too "secret service-ish" tho, but it is cool.
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Nov 7, 2002, 08:16 PM
 
Thanks.

Unfortunately, any reviews of the Coach bags seem to be non existent. Guess I'll have to buy one just to try. lol

Originally posted by gorickey:
This site can possibly help your decision:

http://www.bagreview.com

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Nov 7, 2002, 08:56 PM
 
Originally posted by Christina:
Thanks.

Unfortunately, any reviews of the Coach bags seem to be non existent. Guess I'll have to buy one just to try. lol

Christina,
If your looking for something completely non-traditional as most of you Chicago types do (very cool), check this out:
http://www.duluthpack.com/store/list...bCategoryID=b3
The price is acceptable and sure to be a conversation piece.
     
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Nov 7, 2002, 09:16 PM
 
i have one of these:

http://www.marware.com/SportFolio.html

nice and compact, very comfortable to carry on the shoulders, made of neoprene...
     
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Nov 7, 2002, 09:18 PM
 
Argh, another -computer bag-!!

Originally posted by jcjr:
i have one of these:

http://www.marware.com/SportFolio.html

nice and compact, very comfortable to carry on the shoulders, made of neoprene...
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Nov 7, 2002, 09:21 PM
 
That's actually not too bad. One of the most interesting things I saw listed here so far.

I guess I'm just looking for a nice leather bag that is more like a tote or satchel, etc. Mainly just don't like looking like I'm carrying a computer around. Maybe my computer dorkiness still shines through anyway. lol

Originally posted by dadder:

Christina,
If your looking for something completely non-traditional as most of you Chicago types do (very cool), check this out:
http://www.duluthpack.com/store/list...bCategoryID=b3
The price is acceptable and sure to be a conversation piece.
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Nov 8, 2002, 01:17 AM
 
I got this Banana Republic Nylon Briefcase bag after a friend go it http://www.bananarepublic.com/browse...y=70&Display=2

It's pretty nice, fits everything snugly. Currently on clearance at $59.99 (there are a few coupons floating around too) from almost $100 a few months ago.
     
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Nov 8, 2002, 01:30 AM
 
I'm looking for something more like a 'slip cover'. I figure if I really need protection for serious travelling I would then put it in a backpack or other shoulder bag that has the rest of my stuff in it. I would like something that is more just to protect the surface and be comfortable to hold, and preferably would just stay on all the time, even when using. I just want to carry it around in my car, or go from office to office, and be able to open and go, without having to remove it from the bag and find a place to put the bag. Either soft leather(-ette), vinyl, or even heavy cloth would be fine. I'm thinking of just making one myself (yes, I do know how to sew - my father was a tailor :-), but I'm looking to see if anyone makes something nice like that already. Any suggestions?
     
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Nov 8, 2002, 01:35 AM
 
www.willowdesign.com

the best slipcase: http://www.willowdesign.com/SC-17.html
or http://www.willowdesign.com/SC-09.html
great service and great products. thick padding, good looking design. highly recommended
     
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Nov 8, 2002, 10:57 AM
 
Originally posted by Christina:
That's actually not too bad. One of the most interesting things I saw listed here so far.

I guess I'm just looking for a nice leather bag that is more like a tote or satchel, etc. Mainly just don't like looking like I'm carrying a computer around. Maybe my computer dorkiness still shines through anyway. lol

This store is about 3 shops down from our agency. They have a really nice leather bag (that isn't shown on the website), that I've actually been eyeing up for the same purpose as you. It runs $180 and is 100% leather. Really nice. It may be worth a phone call, I'm sure they'd send you pictures.
     
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Nov 8, 2002, 10:59 AM
 
The London Fog case for $99 fits the PB like a glove and has a lot of great space....its 100% leather and of a good quality for that price... I'm very pleased..

Here's the case
www.outpost.com/product/3131910/

Here is the bonus...security.....
www.prodregister.com/londonfogluggage/
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Nov 8, 2002, 11:01 AM
 
Originally posted by iBorg:


LOL - Yeah, I hear ya!

Does everyone use a case with a "sleeve" for the Ti? A little more hassle getting it in/out, but worth it, given the relatively fragile nature of the Ti's finish.



iBorg

The London Fog that I mentioned as a glove tight padded case for it to sit in...
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Nov 8, 2002, 11:03 AM
 
Originally posted by UnixMac:



The London Fog that I mentioned as a glove tight padded case for it to sit in...
what's the link?
     
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Nov 8, 2002, 11:08 AM
 
Check my edit above....^^^^
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Nov 8, 2002, 11:11 AM
 
Originally posted by SoCal_BigFoot:
www.willowdesign.com

the best slipcase: http://www.willowdesign.com/SC-17.html
or http://www.willowdesign.com/SC-09.html
great service and great products. thick padding, good looking design. highly recommended

This makes for a good dedicated case.....its stylish and not bulky. I may add it to my current case for the short trips where I don't need the extra stuff..
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Nov 8, 2002, 12:22 PM
 
I dunno, I looked at all these bags and they are either too student-y, too little protection or just not what i'm looking for. I want protection, style and storage.

So I may have to go with the spy case, has desent storage and the metal case whould offer protection.

http://www.drbott.com/prod/db.lasso?code=5803-TIBC
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Nov 8, 2002, 12:28 PM
 
Certainly fits the bill as a 'spy case'. I guess I might blow some big bucks on the Coach bag I originally posted, myself. Heck, I just bought a $3,000 computer...it's just money, right? LOL

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Originally posted by KidRed:
I dunno, I looked at all these bags and they are either too student-y, too little protection or just not what i'm looking for. I want protection, style and storage.

So I may have to go with the spy case, has desent storage and the metal case whould offer protection.

http://www.drbott.com/prod/db.lasso?code=5803-TIBC
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Nov 8, 2002, 12:50 PM
 
Christina, take a look, something for you
http://www.jandr.com/JRProductPage.p...=3589474&Sort=
     
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Nov 8, 2002, 01:16 PM
 
Originally posted by Christina:
Heck, I just bought a $3,000 computer...it's just money, right? LOL
IMHO, the coach bag is by far and away the best looking bag of any posted here. Clean, simple, professional, understated.

The problem with the backpack style bags that are designed for computers is that they are lame as backpacks and equally as lame as a computer bag. I've been using an osprey for my ibook - awesome backpack, but not so well-suited for a laptop. Still, it seems to work fairly well, and has a space for a water bladder as well - gotta stay hydrated.

There's a reason the coach is so much $$: quality. It's going to last forever, and just get better and better and better. Provided that someone doesn't steal it.
     
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Nov 8, 2002, 01:23 PM
 
Here's one that nobody has mentioned:

http://www.timbuk2.com/products/laptopsleeve.html

This sleeve can double as a minimalistic tote for quick jaunts to the coffee shop. On business trips, you could throw it in something snazzier.

Love their website, too. Check out the build-a-bag feature. Good way to waste the rest of friday afternoon.
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Nov 8, 2002, 02:02 PM
 
Here are some more that no one mentioned yet.

http://us.samsonite.com/webapp/us/se...0001&langId=-1
     
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Nov 8, 2002, 02:05 PM
 
waterfield designs

www.sfbags.com
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Here's the Tumi I picked up that I mentioned above.
     
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Originally posted by kluau88:
Here's the Tumi I picked up that I mentioned above.
Hey, now that is the best one I have seen yet. I'm not sure about that $215 price tag though.
     
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Originally posted by riverfreak:
Here's one that nobody has mentioned:

http://www.timbuk2.com/products/laptopsleeve.html

This sleeve can double as a minimalistic tote for quick jaunts to the coffee shop. On business trips, you could throw it in something snazzier.

Love their website, too. Check out the build-a-bag feature. Good way to waste the rest of friday afternoon.
Also, their Computer Commuter Bags look amazing. I ordered mine on Wednesday (along w/ the powerbook).

I highly recommend them!
     
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Nov 8, 2002, 03:59 PM
 
Originally posted by cowerd:
waterfield designs

www.sfbags.com
Anyone use their RacerX bags? Not bad but I'd like recommendations.

http://www.sfbags.com/PRODUCTS/RXM_INFO/rxm.htm
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Originally posted by off/lang:


Also, their Computer Commuter Bags look amazing. I ordered mine on Wednesday (along w/ the powerbook).

I highly recommend them!
What size bag did you order? Will the widescreen sleeve fit in them all?

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Nov 8, 2002, 04:45 PM
 
Speaking of their leather one, or the canvas? I guess the leather one is nicer for work.

I have a computer job, don't ask why I need this bag. I guess I have this style problem.

Originally posted by riverfreak:


IMHO, the coach bag is by far and away the best looking bag of any posted here. Clean, simple, professional, understated.

The problem with the backpack style bags that are designed for computers is that they are lame as backpacks and equally as lame as a computer bag. I've been using an osprey for my ibook - awesome backpack, but not so well-suited for a laptop. Still, it seems to work fairly well, and has a space for a water bladder as well - gotta stay hydrated.

There's a reason the coach is so much $$: quality. It's going to last forever, and just get better and better and better. Provided that someone doesn't steal it.
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Nov 8, 2002, 04:48 PM
 
LOL. I am a girl, but that's too girly for me. I have a friend who might like it, though...hehe.

Ok, going w/the super expensive Coach bag!
Originally posted by SoCal_BigFoot:
Christina, take a look, something for you
http://www.jandr.com/JRProductPage.p...=3589474&Sort=
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Nov 8, 2002, 04:52 PM
 
Anyone use their RacerX bags? Not bad but I'd like recommendations.
Ordered a RacerX bag. Let you know how everything goes when (and if ) all the kit arrives. Went for the Racer cause its small, and if you fly lots these days, the smaller the carry-on bag the less hassles with security and "random" checks.
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Nov 8, 2002, 05:38 PM
 
Originally posted by riverfreak:


IMHO, the coach bag is by far and away the best looking bag of any posted here. Clean, simple, professional, understated.

The problem with the backpack style bags that are designed for computers is that they are lame as backpacks and equally as lame as a computer bag. I've been using an osprey for my ibook - awesome backpack, but not so well-suited for a laptop. Still, it seems to work fairly well, and has a space for a water bladder as well - gotta stay hydrated.

There's a reason the coach is so much $$: quality. It's going to last forever, and just get better and better and better. Provided that someone doesn't steal it.
I have a coach bomber jacket (in black) that I've had for 6 years now, and still get major compliments on. It looks as good as the day I bought it (which was for $799). They do make top quality stuff (short of the German and Swiss that is).
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KidRed
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Nov 8, 2002, 05:41 PM
 
Originally posted by cowerd:

Ordered a RacerX bag. Let you know how everything goes when (and if ) all the kit arrives. Went for the Racer cause its small, and if you fly lots these days, the smaller the carry-on bag the less hassles with security and "random" checks.
Cool,post back with your thoughts on it. That and the spycase seem to be my two choices.
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antosha
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Nov 8, 2002, 07:25 PM
 
Originally posted by dialo:
I have the zoom XL from spire and love it.

www.spireusa.com
Hi, The Spire Zoom XL bag does look cute and protective, but does it have a special internal sleeve/pocket for a laptop the size of the Ti? It'd be useful for it to be padded and relatively well sized for the PowerBook. What backpacks actually have that special pocket?

I had a big bike crash, and although I had to cough up $1260 for the PB replacement, my 6 year old LL Bean bag was replaced for free because on impact, the corner of my PB crushed the zipper threads.
     
dialo
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Nov 8, 2002, 08:36 PM
 
Originally posted by jambajooz:


$135 for a backpack sounds alot, but is it worth it? Does it have two straps over your shoulders or 1 strap across the chest? The website doesn't really have any other pics, I was hoping if you can share some. Thanks!
Actually, you can do both, though it really is a two-strap backpack.

It is certainly worth it. It has perfect # and size pockets. There are also 4 straps on the side which reduce the sice when there is less stuff. It never looks bulky and doesn't look like a computer bag.

Originally posted by antosha:


Hi, The Spire Zoom XL bag does look cute and protective, but does it have a special internal sleeve/pocket for a laptop the size of the Ti? It'd be useful for it to be padded and relatively well sized for the PowerBook. What backpacks actually have that special pocket?

I had a big bike crash, and although I had to cough up $1260 for the PB replacement, my 6 year old LL Bean bag was replaced for free because on impact, the corner of my PB crushed the zipper threads.
And there is a ton of padding. Not only is it padded perfectly, but it comes with a removable 'boot' with it's own handle. My powerbook never leaves the boot except when I am using it. That way I won't scratch it. So I can carry it around the building in the boot, then just slip the whole thing in the pack's special slot and put it on my back.

I am a librarian @ Northwestern and go to school for philosophy part-time for fun, and I can carry all of my books (that I need that day), videos (I watch a lot), newspapers, atlantic monthly, newyorker (both for the el ride here in chicago) power adapter, apple mouse, extra battery in the internal pockets and then put little cables, papers, and other junk in the external pockets. And it doesn't look bulky or big in the least bit.

Look at me. I feel like an unpaid sales rep. But it's also a small company out in boulder which makes me feel good about giving them money.

PS You should get safeware insurance. Then you wouldn't have to pay to get your powerbook replaced. www.safeware.com
( Last edited by dialo; Nov 8, 2002 at 08:42 PM. )
     
 
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