There’s a great Wired article this month, about how we need another Moore’s Law. Basically our computer power is increasing well in advance of our ability to compactly store (before use) and dissipate (during use) power. The author has a really good point … my laptop is relatively small, but whenever I actually try to use it, you know, on my lap, being as it is a laptop and all, it comes close to burning me after not very long at all. Some of those that my co-workers have can’t even cool themselves adequately when placed on a desk — they need special little elevatory bits of plastic and die without them.

I find it curious that supercooling never really took off in mainstream computing. I suppose they haven’t found a way to market it to non-techies yet … in the same way that quiet drives aren’t really top of the selling list for PCs, neither is the heating. The internal design of the G5 is the only real marketed advance in cooling that we’ve had in a while (I mean as part of the mainstream news release).

Admittedly some of this is because focusing on cooling is probably not the point … what we need to focus on is heating. Reducing the energy needs of our computers is unlikely at this point, according to my (by no means encyclopaedic) knowledge of our current technical advances, although perhaps that would be the best idea in the long run. (By long run I mean LONG, as in destruction of the earth due to polluting and energy consumption long) But we can focus on reducing the heat output of those devices that power them. On making batteries more efficient in storing and distributing heat (since, face it, most of that heat is just energy going to waste anyway, right?).

That was then I found this article. Problem solved? Maybe, if they get it to production standard. Or perhaps we need to return to the use gadgets, stay thin possibilites 😉