What Spilling Your Beverage on Your Laptop Teaches You
Spilling a soft drink on your laptop's keyboard isn't the best idea when you are heading abroad to cover a technology conference. Ask me how I know about this subject.It was to be the last time I traveled with my 5-year-old Lenovo T61 laptop running Windows XP because, hey, Windows XP support is ending April 8. So, perhaps, I wasn't taking my usual care and precautions when I placed a cup of bubbling, cold Sprite right next to my open laptop as I was writing on my flight as I was heading to Barcelona, Spain, for Mobile World Congress in February. Of course, all hell broke loose. I was typing and talking to the passenger sitting next to me and not really thinking about it as I picked up the brimming cup to take a refreshing gulp of Sprite. But instead of picking the cup up cleanly, the bottom of the clear plastic vessel just grazed the lip of my now-drenched Lenovo, as the cup tipped several tablespoons of soon-to-be-sticky soda all over the keys and chassis of my about-to-be outmoded machine. At least I laughed. With just six weeks to go before Windows XP was to become a historical footnote in tech history, I had essentially just trashed the machine right before it was to become unusable on its own. I kept thinking about how lucky I was that I hadn't brought my brand-new replacement for the old Lenovo on this trip. My new MacBook Pro 13-inch laptop was sitting at home, safely in my office, far from spilled beverages on crowded flights.