Monday, September 18, 2006

Thinkpad on Fire

"So we're waiting for a flight in the United lounge at LAX, the flight next to ours was heading to London and in the middle of final boarding, when suddenly this guy comes running the wrong way up the jetway, pushing other boarding passengers out of the way, he quickly drops his laptop on the floor and the thing immediately flares up like a giant firework for about 15 seconds, then catches fire. About a hundred other people in the lounge jumped up and began a mix of gawking and general panic, I clearly heard a few fleeing individuals saying something about terrorists. The fire burned for a minute while everybody just stared at it, then another flare up, this one much larger than the first, drove a larger group of gawkers away. Eventually, the high intensity flaring calmed down and a larger fire kicked in, all the while letting off a thick cloud of white smoke that was slowly filling the terminal. Finally, an employee came over with a fire extinguisher and put it out of its misery."

Dell recently recalled 4.1 million laptops with battery made by Sony. Although Lenovo also uses Sony batteries, a Lenovo spokesman Bob Page stated that there would be no battery recall. He told reporters that the battery fire problem of Dell brand laptops was caused by complicated reasons, which 'are not present' in Lenovo's systems.

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