Go Ahead, Drop That Notebook

By Deane Barker on October 12, 2003

New chip could prevent information loss

“Two new models of ThinkPad notebook computers, unveiled this week by IBM, come with a chip that can detect when the laptop is accelerating — such as when it has been accidentally nudged off a table and is plunging to the floor.

If the hard drive happens to be reading or writing data at the time, the chip tells the drive to temporarily stop. Hard drives are at their most vulnerable when reading and writing data, so IBM believes the crash-protection chip will help guard against such losses of important information.”

Or you could just get one of these — since the display has pictures of tanks and helicopters and stuff, you know they’re tough.