If you're a Mac user and you squirrel away receipts, you might be in luck. Any Apple customer who purchased a replacement power adapter for a Powerbook or iBook in prior years is going to soon be eligible for a refund. Given that their cost can soar above $80, that's certainly a nice treat.

The reasoning for the refunds is due to a lawsuit settlement that originally got started back in 2001, after Apple recalled a small number of power adapters. Unfortunately for Apple and perhaps some customers too, it seems that the company wasn't exactly truthful about the scope of the problem. The refunds are not yet available, and won't be for a few months. It is unfortunate that in many of these cases, people must take a company in court to get them to admit to a serious error.