Note from the future: This post from the original Gigagiggles predates the invention of titles. The laptop discussed below still sits in my office. I’m afraid if I disconnect it from the power grid, it will cause a disturbance I’ll have to answer for to Homeland Security.
Originally posted October 7, 2003
I’m getting a laptop tomorrow. It’s very exciting.
When I looked into laptops, I found there are two kinds: the kind that weigh 80 pounds and do tricks and the kind that weigh 3 pounds and you can skip very far if the lake surface is calm. I opted for the 80 pound version. Someone recommended I don’t actually use this particular laptop on my lap per se. Apparently the 80 pound laptops get very hot and humans, you know, are flammable.
The specs say the battery, when fully charged, will supply 96 Watt-Hours of operation. By my calculations I should be able to run it for about 90 seconds without an external power source. I figure they underestimate so you’ll buy an extra battery. That’s how they get ya. Instead, I’m designing a harness so I can wear a generator on my back. With a little practice and some gas freshener I think I’ll be able to yank the start cord over my shoulder and get it going with one hand. vroooom digga digga digga
Generator technology has come a loooong way in the past few years. The Beechcraft Mentor I flew in the Navy couldn’t fly upside down for more than 15 minutes or all the engine oil would drain out of the casing, it’d seize up and down you’d go. So, I figured handstands with the generator strapped to my back were right out…until I found the Honda EU1000i Inverter Generator. Check this out:
To prevent any possible damage to the unit, the Oil Alert will shut the unit off when the oil drops below a safe operating level.
The Honda Inverter Technology makes this generator ideally suited for use with sensitive electronics (e.g., computer, printer, and other sensitive electronic equipment) because the generator produces a clean sine wave of energy that prevents surging.
…up to 8.3 hours on a single tank of gas when used with the Eco-Throttle feature.
A couple of scuba tanks to carry gas in and I’m set.