Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Sep 2006 21:12 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Alan Cox, the famous Linux kernel hacker, saw his Thinkpad explode. His wife writes on her weblog: "Alan was on the other side of the room from the laptop. I was elsewhere. He yelled out, I ambled towards the room in my own good time, and then I heard 'Fire! Real fire! Call the fire brigade, now!' and I speeded up a bit." This is the first laptop of a tech 'celebrity' to explode.
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I don't know that manufacturers blocking 3rd party batteries is the way to go though... it's more a quality control issue. Isn't that what government standards are for? Just make it illegal to sell batteries that don't meet certain standards, if its not already. (I mean for more complex batteries than your average AA cell). Competition is preserved, and so are the laptops ;)

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