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.