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    When your laptop tells you (in that rather tetchy way they do), to 'plug in or find another power source' seconds before it dies, what do you think it has in mind for the alternative source of power, if not an electricity socket?

    Hamsters attached to treadmills?
    'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

    #2
    Wind/wave/solar/clockwork?
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      #3
      Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
      Wind/wave/solar/clockwork?
      Go on, then. Explain how those would work!

      Big cranking handle at side of laptop?
      'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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        #4
        Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
        Big cranking handle at side of laptop?
        Why not?

        The £50 laptop to change the world.

        Factfile: XO laptop ('Power Supply' section).
        "In areas without access to the grid, various contraptions have been designed to plug directly into the laptop including a solar panel, a hand crank (similar to those used on wind-up radios), a foot pedal and a pull-string recharger, similar to a starter cord on a lawnmower."

        You could always build your own.
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          #5
          I wonder if the laptop is thinking about peanut butter – it contains a lot of oil.

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            #6
            Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
            When your laptop tells you (in that rather tetchy way they do), to 'plug in or find another power source' seconds before it dies, what do you think it has in mind for the alternative source of power, if not an electricity socket?

            Hamsters attached to treadmills?
            You could run it off a UPS device (itself a big battery).
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              #7
              Originally posted by tom999 View Post
              Why not?

              The £50 laptop to change the world.

              Factfile: XO laptop ('Power Supply' section).
              "In areas without access to the grid, various contraptions have been designed to plug directly into the laptop including a solar panel, a hand crank (similar to those used on wind-up radios), a foot pedal and a pull-string recharger, similar to a starter cord on a lawnmower."

              You could always build your own.
              See, mind the gap?
              Anyway, LZ has quite enough cranks already.
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                #8
                I still think the hamster thing would be more fun.
                'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
                  I still think the hamster thing would be more fun.
                  ...except for the hamster, mind.
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
                    ...except for the hamster, mind.

                    Why ?
                    Hamsters where made to do this, and this alone weren't they ?
                    A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
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                      #11
                      Is no hamster. Is rat. So you are. Mr Fawlty, he say.
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                        #12
                        Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
                        Is no hamster. Is rat. So you are. Mr Fawlty, he say.
                        Pretending you are a dim-witted Spanish waiter is no excuse for being rude!
                        'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
                          When your laptop tells you (in that rather tetchy way they do), to 'plug in or find another power source' seconds before it dies, what do you think it has in mind for the alternative source of power, if not an electricity socket?
                          Road warriors often carry a spare charged battery....

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                            #14
                            As to thread topic: the problems with computers are best exemplified by noting that- to turn off- one clicks 'start'.
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                              #15
                              Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
                              Pretending you are a dim-witted Spanish waiter is no excuse for being rude!
                              Pravo is rude. See http://uk.ask.com/web?q=%22Rude+Prav...=196&o=0&l=dir
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