If the Energizer Bunny had decided to be a spokesman for portable computer batteries, he wouldn't have lasted long -- that stupid drum would have fallen silent.Anyone who travels with a laptop knows what I am talking about. A single battery will not last through a transcontinental flight. Carrying two -- carrying an additional ounce that you don't have to -- is not fun.

So we prowl airports like thirsty animals in search of a watering hole, necks angled down as well scour baseboards, walls, floors, and columns, looking for three-pronged outputs. We visualize cord length versus distance to a seat, and pray for an active outlet. Sometimes, we position ourselves, seated on the floor, like high-tech Buddhas to reach the nearest one.

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