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Just how dangerous are those exploding Dell batteries?

It's interesting, the exploding Dell battery story is a good one. Naturally the last thing that any of us want is any kind of physical damage or harm caused by an exploding laptop battery.

It's interesting, the exploding Dell battery story is a good one. Naturally the last thing that any of us want is any kind of physical damage or harm caused by an exploding laptop battery.

First one, then a second - it took some time before Dell acknowledged the problem and issued a battery recall, coincidentally straight after Michael Dell was grilled about the problem in a Sydney press conference.

What should be of concern to Dell is the damage it's done to the public's perception of their products, it's what the folk in the street - or in this case on the wharf think.

While working on an article for this site on my PowerBook this morning I was asked by one of the attendants on the Circular Quay wharf where I was waiting for a ferry, whether my laptop was a Dell or not - he quickly asked his co-worker if they'd heard about the exploding batteries. The conversation certainly didn't cover the recall.

But then it's not every day that a laptop explodes.

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