Ansel Adams' photograph of the Boulder Dam Power Units.
Ansel Adams' photograph of the Boulder Dam Power Units. (source: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration on Wikimedia Commons)

In this episode of the Hardware Podcast, we talk with Ken Shirriff, a software engineer at Google and writer of a fascinating series of electronics teardowns. His posts on power supplies, like Apple’s MacBook and iPad chargers, offer detailed looks at how the real things differ from counterfeits. And his writeup of Apple’s remarkably complex Magsafe connector is illuminating.

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