I’m currently at an altitude of around 10’000 meters, somewhere near the north pole, flying from Narita to München, and hopefully, Switzerland. My flight has wireless access point and my seat neighbor, a ukrainian sailor, gave me a prepaid card of 30 minutes of internet, so I blog.
Laptops are very convenient and with more and more wireless access point, can be used in more and more places, but power has always been the weak point. Lately there have been quite a few problem with bad batteries. Apple had to recall one million of them, this includes one of those for my laptop, and three in various laptops in our lab. Because of this I only have one battery with me (I would not like to fligh with a battery susceptible to catch fire).
Still one good thing might come out of this, constructors finally agreed to standardize batteries. I don’t know if they will only standardize the cells, or also the enclosures, but any step in that direction is a welcome improvement. Imagine a service where you could rent one standard battery in one airport and return it in another, that would be a nice business model no?