February 13th, 2007

tech-generator

Power to the people

iBook's power supply went bad last night. Since I own three of them, that was at most a trivial annoyance. Which leads me to another tip for writers.

If you use a laptop, always keep at least two power supplies around.

And if you don't use a laptop, why not?
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Laptop, claptop

Interesting comments about why people don't use laptops over in my dead power supply post. I wasn't aware of such widespread dislike of the machines. Me, I couldn't live without mine.

Poll #926815 Laptop Poll

What form factor of computer do you write on?

Laptop
72(59.0%)
Desktop
33(27.0%)
Dumb terminal
0(0.0%)
Supercomputer
0(0.0%)
TRS-80
0(0.0%)
Something really weird
1(0.8%)
I'm a switch
12(9.8%)
I'll explain in comments
4(3.3%)

If you use a laptop, why?

I travel
5(5.1%)
I wander around my workspace a lot
4(4.0%)
I have multiple workspaces
24(24.2%)
I like to write in the tub
0(0.0%)
Ticky box!
10(10.1%)
It's what I have, I'd ditch it if I could
1(1.0%)
To impress members of my gender(s) of preference in coffee houses
1(1.0%)
I'll explain in comments
8(8.1%)

If you don't use a laptop, why?

Ergonomics
7(15.2%)
Keyboard too small for my generously proportioned hands
2(4.3%)
Expense of purchase or maintenance
14(30.4%)
I don't want to look like a coffee house poseur
0(0.0%)
Bride of ticky box!
10(21.7%)
I'll explain in comments
3(6.5%)

People who write on laptops are:

Among the cognoscenti
12(10.9%)
Delusional
1(0.9%)
Ignorant foobs who deserve what's coming to their wrists all too soon
3(2.7%)
Not like me
8(7.3%)
A lot like me
30(27.3%)
Clone of ticky box!
18(16.4%)
I'll explain this in comments, too, but get over yourself, Lake
15(13.6%)