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11/5/2008
05:25 PM
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn
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Everyone Hates Computing Under Battery Power

Having attended a fair number of conferences over the years, I've noticed one constant: People hate running their laptops on batteries.

Having attended a fair number of conferences over the years, I've noticed one constant: People hate running their laptops on batteries.At the Web 2.0 Summit today, I've done my best to get into conference rooms early to scout out and secure one of the few precious outlets.

In three separate rooms so far, I've encountered knowing glances from fellow outlet seekers.

We rush for what are often the worst seats in the house from a sight-line perspective. We sit beneath speakers on tripods (usually there's an outlet below), or pressed against the wall where any sort of early exit would be awkward, all for the assurance that our laptops will run at full speed and last the day.

I'm sure I'm not alone in hoping that out of all the energy research that's going on, someone will come up with a way to power laptops for long periods without having to depend on power conservation tricks like screen dimming and processor throttling.

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