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Dell recalls 4.1M exploding Li-Ion batteries

  1. Aug 14, 2006 #1
    There was a thread here recently about the exploding Dell video, I can't find it anymore. More news:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/14/t...&en=499692c95b993103&ei=5094&partner=homepage
     
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  4. Aug 16, 2006 #3
    I just checked and mine is not on the recall list! Wooohoooo!
     
  5. Aug 16, 2006 #4
    o_O, My school just got over 200 new Dell Laptops.

    I'll freaking die of laughter if they're on the recall list :P
     
  6. Aug 16, 2006 #5
    Just please don't store your lap top with your ammo!
     
  7. Aug 16, 2006 #6

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    I bought my XPS in May, but Dell says it is not one of the exploding models. I think I will take a closer look at the battery anyway.
     
  8. Aug 16, 2006 #7

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    So Dell has exploding and non-exploding models? :rofl: Hmmm.
     
  9. Aug 16, 2006 #8

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    :rofl: Yeah, I bought my machine directly from the Dell website and I went through several pages of checkboxes customizing and upgrading the features I wanted. But I couldn't remember if I had checked the option for "Catches fire spontaneously". I don't think that came standard.
     
  10. Aug 16, 2006 #9
    MIH, I think it was a hidden upgrade. You know, suprise bonus features? :rolleyes:
     
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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
  12. Aug 16, 2006 #11
    The euphemism I've heard is "undocumented feature".
     
  13. Aug 16, 2006 #12

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    All this talk of computers, fire and hidden features reminds me of the old Bill Gates joke. So without much further ado...

    Bill Gates dies in a car accident. He finds himself in purgatory, being sized up by St. Peter. "Well, Bill, I'm really confused on this call; I'm not sure where to send you. After all, you helped society enormously by putting a computer in almost every home in America, yet you also created that ghastly Windows'95. I'm going to do something I've never done before. In your case; I'm going to let you decide whether you want to go to Heaven or Hell."

    Bill replied, "Well, what's the difference between the two?"

    St. Peter: "I'm willing to let you visit both places briefly, if it will help your decision."

    Bill: "Fine, but where should I go first?"

    St. Peter: "I'll leave that up to you."

    "Okay then," said Bill, "Let's try Hell first."

    So Bill went to Hell. It was a beautiful, clean, sandy beach with clear waters and lots of bikini-clad women running around, playing in the water, laughing, and frolicking about. The sun was shining; the temperature was perfect. Bill was very pleased.

    "This is great!" he told St. Peter. "If this is hell, I REALLY want to see heaven!"

    "Fine," said St. Peter, and off they went.

    Heaven was a place high in the clouds, with angels drifting about, playing harps and singing. It was nice, but not as enticing as Hell. Bill thought for a minute, and rendered his decision.

    "Hmmm. I think I'd prefer Hell," he told St. Peter.

    "Fine," retorted St. Peter, "as you desire." So Bill Gates went to Hell.

    Two weeks later, St. Peter decided to check on the late billionaire to see how he was doing in Hell. When he got there, he found Bill, shackled to a wall, screaming amongst hot flames in dark caves, being burned and tortured by demons. "How's everything going?" he asked Bill.

    Bill responded, with his voice filled with anguish and disappointment, "This is awful! This is nothing like the Hell I visited two weeks ago! I can't believe this is happening! What happened to that other place, with the beautiful beaches, the scantily-clad women playing in the water?"

    "<<Oh! That was a demo,>>" replied St. Peter.
     
  14. Aug 17, 2006 #13
    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
    This one's is really good.

    I am buying a laptop in Jan. I hope the exploding feature is removed by then.
     
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