Although my first thought on seeing the report was a dismissive, "Dude, you're getting a third-degree burn on your lap," I eventually wiped the smirk off my face and realized this is a serious issue. To wit, if one of these things goes incendiary while you're on a plane, you and your fellow winged-tube-dwellers are pretty much cooked.
I'll wager the prospect of hundreds of thousands of laptops being recalled because they could overheat and catch fire scares you as much as it scares me.
So we released this to the wires yesterday: Exploding Laptops Pose Potential Hazard for Air Travel and Personal Safety. It was initially posted to Yahoo! Finance, as well as PR Newswire. Stay tuned for more.
Your turn: Am I being the technological equivalent of Chicken Little? And even if you think I am, do you think Mr. Little would make a good pet for a child?
Update - Thursday afternoon: We're raising quite the ruckus with this one. Here's a quick view of some pickups:
- United Press International (UPI) wire service: Beware of exploding laptops
- The Globe & Mail - Canada's largest newspaper - See this blog entry for more background on this pickup.
- The analyst site, Tekrati, and PhysOrg.
- Baseline Magazine (Ziff-Davis): Burning-Hot Laptops: A Serious Problem? Byline: Todd Spangler
- Red Herring: Laptop Fire Brings Flashpoint. Byline: Eydie Cubarrubia
- Barrons Online - Tech Trader Daily: Something New To Worry About: Exploding Laptops Byline: Eric Savitz (who quite kindly added a link directly back to this blog.)
- Mobilised: PC Failures Down As Dell Laptop Blows Up. (Positioned opposite Gartner.)
- Vancouver Sun: Laptop Safety Lapse.
- Silicon.com: Weekly roundup - where Carmi gets flamed (I'm called a scaremonger, among other things.)
- IT World Canada: Tempers flare after laptop explodes.