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Posted by: McQ on Thursday, June 05, 2008

The biggest hassle in an airport, at least for blogging, is finding an electrical outlet. My laptop has the battery life of about a half hour. It's like sleep in Ranger school, if you have an opportunity to sleep, not matter how short, you grab it. Same with electrical power when traveling. So it is easy to find laptop users (and potential bloggers) in an airport - they're all grouped around outlets.

Getting ready to board for the flight to Minneapolis. I'll have about an hour layover there, so I'll try something more substantial to blog about. Right now I'm enjoying the sprint down the concourse by a group of people who are obviously just about to miss their flight. Surprisingly, a little, bald fat guy with a huge suitcase is leading the pack.
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Spring for a membership in an Airline Club. If you travel internationally, US carriers have reciprocal agreements with lots of other airlines. The more you fly, the less it costs. As a business development executive, my company used to pick up the tab.

Written By: arch
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Why not just buy a spare battery?
Written By: KipEsquire
MSP has a few areas in the concourses with desk cubical modules and power plugs. They tend to be on the concourse end near terminal. Concourses D & F come to mind.
Written By: Loren
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Find a Southwest gate. They have entire rows of counterspace with outlets (AC and USB power) for passengers, but I doubt you would be hassled even if you don’t have an SWA boarding pass.
Written By: Phelps
This is the reality blocking electric cars - the fundamental limits of battery technology.

A chemical battery contains atoms that can contribute and accept electrons. We want compact and light batteries for the electricity they can deliver and we want to recharge them over and over again and in a short time.

The problem for future development is that we’re using just about the best reactants we can use. Lithium contains the most charge per atomic weight - it doesn’t get much better except for hydrogen and hydrogen wants to bond with itself in a manner that doesn’t release electrons (H2).

We can package a lithium battery with less overhead but that’s just a design detailing job and won’t yield a fundamental improvement. They will get better but don’t look for Moore’s Law to apply.

Funny, the new GM Volt gets 40 miles on a charge. Edison’s attempt at an electric car got 50 miles per charge, albeit at a lower average speed and without the government mandated safety features - and no radio.
Written By: Joseph Somsel
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Find a Southwest gate.

No such animal at MSP. NWA has successfully prevented SW from entering the Minneapolis market.
Written By: Loren
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Why not just buy a spare battery?
Don’t travel where I am away from an outlet enough to warrant one, mostly. Not worth the cost. And, with rare exceptions, I can usually find an outlet somewhere. Part of the adventure is tracking one down.
Written By: McQ

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