Laptop Explodes at Conference (It was a Dell)

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Date: Monday, June 26th, 2006, 09:00
Category: PC Notebook

dell-laptop-explodes.jpgIf you thought that the legend of the PowerBook battery catching fire was bad…

AN INQUIRER READER attending a conference in Japan was sat just feet away from a laptop computer that suddenly exploded into flames, in what could have been a deadly accident. Gaston, our astonished reader reports: “The damn thing was on fire and produced several explosions for more than five minutes”.

Dell laptop explodes at Japanese conference

(Thanks CNet’s Apple Blog.)

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Mystery Insulating Laptop Sleeve

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Date: Monday, June 26th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Accessory

mystery-insulating-laptop-c.jpgA while ago someone sent me this insulated notebook case. The cool thing about it is that it’s lined with sand-like substance that works great as an insulating blanket between a hot notebook (like the MacBook/Pro) and the lap. It’s heavy and kind of reminds me of the lead blanket that the dentist lays over you before taking x-rays.
I use it and a Podium Coolpad when using my MacBook Pro on my lap – despite Apple’s warnings to the contrary. The problem is that I don’t know who the manufacturer is. If you do, get in touch with me and I’ll update the story.

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Swollen MacBook Pro Battery

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Date: Monday, June 26th, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook Pro

mbp-swollen-battery.jpgMacFixIt has posted some pictures of their swollen MacBook Pro battery:

We’ve extensively covered an issue where the MacBook Pro’s battery gradually swells, — apparently due to overheating. In mild cases, batteries swell but remain functional. In these cases, keyboard and/or trackpad functionality is sometimes affected by the rising of internal components.

In severe cases, the swelling is visually striking, and users are eventually left with non-functioning batteries. Sudden shutdowns while charge remains are usually precursory to such failures.

MacFixIt – MacBook Pro: Pictures of our own swollen battery

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BC vs. Parallels Shoot-Out: WinXP Performance on the Mac

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Date: Monday, June 26th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Software

In this article for News.com Daniel A. Begun pits Apple’s Boot Camp against the agile rival Parallels Desktop at running Windows XP:

Apple’s own Boot Camp Public Beta allows you to install Windows XP SP2 onto an Intel Mac, giving you a dual-boot system. Parallels takes a slightly different approach with its Parallels Desktop for Mac, a virtual machine application. Instead of Boot Camp’s dual-boot approach, Parallels Desktop runs Windows XP directly on the Mac OS desktop (in what Parallels calls “near-native performance”)–allowing you to run both OSs simultaneously and switch back and forth seamlessly.

Heresy: Windows XP performance on a Mac – Alpha Blog – alpha.cnet.com

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Apple Removes the Word “Lap” From Web Site

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Date: Monday, June 26th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Legal

AppleDefects.com has the scoop on Apple’s further expunging the word “lap” from marketing materials for their “notebooks.”

Do you remember our story last week regarding Apple’s hypocritical marketing and website suggesting to use the MacBook on your lap? Here is a clip from their Student Orientation site to refresh your memory:

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Well, they no longer have the “On your lap” suggestion. Instead it has
been changed to the more vague, but less condemning “Anywhere you want”…

AppleDefects.com > Apple Covers Up “Lap” Suggestion

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The Apple Core: 10.5 speculation runs wild; Photoshopper field day

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Date: Monday, June 26th, 2006, 07:00
Category: The Apple Core

leopard-ss.jpgLast Thursday a mysterious blogger named Trinity Rubicon posted some terrific screen shots he alleged were from Apple’s unreleased Mac OS 10.5 (a.k.a. “Leopard”). The two shots, posted on a blogger account with no other posts, sent the Mac world into a fit of speculation and debate.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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