FIRE DOWN BELOW. Caution: Laptops can be hazardous to your health--the health of your lap. I seem to remember a report issued late last year that drew a correlation between extensive laptop use on the laps of men and decreased virility. Last week, Fujitsu Siemens Computers went that one better, by recalling the rechargeable batteries in several of its laptop models because of the possibility of fire. Rechargeable lithium ion batteries in several Amilo models can overheat, according to the company, "with a risk of fire" (for details, go to www.fujitsu-siemens.com). The company recommends removing the batteries immediately and running the laptops on AC power. To date, only four complaints of overheating have been received out of a possible 250,000 units, says Fujitsu Siemens, which will replace the batteries free of charge.
HERE'S TO MY HOMIES. Mark your calendars: July 29 is System Administrator Appreciation Day, according to the Web site SysAdminDay.com. This is the sixth annual celebration of the day that honors computer system administrators, and it has been earmarked for the last Friday in July. The site, sponsored by several anti-spam and Web-hosting vendors, features photos of past celebrations, cartoons, and links to online retailers where you can order your sys admins their preferred delicacies: cookies, pizza, beer, Jolt Cola, etc.
If you think I'm going to make a joke about sys admins, forget it. They work like dogs and keep the lights on, so they deserve nothing but appreciation. Just because they lack social skills and their personal hygiene leaves something to be desired--just kidding! If you have a sys admin story, or an industry tip, send it to [email protected] or phone 516-562-5326. If you want to talk about embedded RFID or the hassles with laptops, meet me at InformationWeek.com's Listening Post: informationweek.com/forum/johnsoat.