“Pull the Laptop off of a Table… Contest

    January 11, 2006

Steve Jobs says that the world needs a new kind of power cable. That sounds really cool.

But I wanted to try to replicate the ability for a laptop to be pulled off of a table by its power cord. I’d never seen this kind of damage before. Remember, I answered all the phones and email for NEC’s mobile solutions group. I’ve seen some strange things done to laptops and Tablet PCs over the years, but usually damage comes from liquids. I even had one guy who ran over his with his car. You’d think that if anyone would have seen or heard about this kind of drop damage it’d be me.

So, anyway, I have a few laptops here. An old IBM that has a broken screen (it wasn’t dropped, either, but I won’t tell the story of this laptop to protect the guilty. Heheh). A Toshiba M200. A Toshiba M4. And a new Lenovo T41.

I’ve been trying this on a few different surfaces. A glass table. A kitchen counter. A work desk that we used to use at UserLand. A dining table with a smooth surface. And the same table with a table cloth on it.

I’ve done hundreds of yanks and I can’t get my laptop to fall. Slow yanks. Fast yanks. Yanks from the side. Yanks straight on. Nothing gets my computers to budge more than a centimeter or two.

Robert Scoble is the founder of the Scobleizer blog. He works as PodTech.net’s Vice President of Media Development.

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