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Monday, June 30, 2003

RUNNING YOUR COMPUTER ON METHANOL POWER
A notebook computer battery that lasts for 40 hours? Leave it to corporate Japan to come up with the next generation of battery technology.

I've said before that the main reason mobile devices like cellphones have only a limited impact right now is because battery power is so puny. That's the key. All those neat-o games and data functions that wireless carriers and phone manufacturers are forever pushing aren't catching on because no one wants to squander battery life on that crap, to the sacrifice of talk time. If this new battery power extends to mobile devices, then I foresee all those extras suddenly taking off in a huge way. So methanol batteries might usher in a whole new era of gizmo utility.