Three Surprising Things That Won’t Kill Your Laptop

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In the Thunderdome match between kids and electronics, only one will leave the dome. Sadly, that one will need a diaper change.

When you think about expensive, high-end electronics you probably also assume that their owners ought to take care of them. I used to think so too, until I worked at home on what is undoubtedly one of the best laptops for using while raising a toddler. Now, I am here to report that there is a surprising payload of punishment that won’t kill a basic laptop (and I am also here to recommend that you try none of this at home).

If you are the kind of person who subjects your laptop to this sort of abuse, there’s hope beyond good luck. The computer design industry has been innovating in the area of indestructible laptops.

Piping Hot Cocoa and Your Laptop

Yes, it’s true: you can douse a laptop with an entire large, ceramic mug of VERY hot cocoa and still use it again. It turns out this is also true for beer, slow-dripping soda leaking out of a can and cough syrup. When you get your laptop wet – and working with a little kid, I promise, you will – place it in a bin of dry rice. Cover. Say a few solemn words, and wait.

Or, if you know this is your kind of problem, check out the Getac B300 laptop. This is one of the most waterproof notebooks made. It has MIL-STD 810G and IP65 certifications which mean that you can spray it with water from all directions without hurting it. While it is not formally tested for cocoa resistance, I am optimistic.

Think this thing cares about cocoa? Think again.

Round Two.

Homemade Play-Doh and Other Unmentionables: Not Soft on Laptops

After a great deal of stirring together and cooking flour, salt, water and food coloring, you too can have a large wad of homemade Play-Doh. If you do find yourself in possession of such a lump of awesome, there is something you could do, but probably should not, to your laptop. You could slowly press one whole cup of soft, warm Play-Doh in between each and every key, and of course into the ports and disc drive as well.

(As a matter of fact, as you can see from reading this cool article about how to intentionally destroy your laptop, at least one person commenting thinks it’s a good idea to mix Play Doh and thermite to create a home explosive. Neat!)

If you’d like to stop this Play-Doh problem before it starts, check out the Toughbook 31. One of its best features is the locking port cover designed to prevent anything from leaking inside the computer. And if you do decide to blow it up at home, at least you can unlock the ports and use homemade plastique.

You’ll need plastique to get anywhere with this baby.

Like Sands Through the Hourglass: So Goes my Laptop’s Life

How many grains of rainbow-colored sand are in a souvenir glass bottle like this from the State Fair of Arizona? I don’t know, but I do know that however many it is, it takes a good long time to get them out of your laptop’s innards, and they add a sort of odd, high-pitched wheezing sound to your machine.

Think of it as white noise.

Or, you know what? Take the ultimate step in indestructibility for your laptop and get this indestructible laptop case. It’s shockproof, waterproof and dirtproof. You can even run it over with your car. Or just work at home with your child, so long as you don’t open the case. Is it a coincidence that next to the headline of the article describing the laptop there is a Stride Rite ad? I think not.

This is no accident. Advertisers mostly know what they’re doing.

You might want to know what laptop I’ve been using; after all, it’s clearly one of the best laptops on the market for an unforgiving home office terrain. It’s a MacBookPro, and while it’s not rated like its rugged cousins the Toughbook or the Getac, it’s toddler tested.

(Note: Smiles For All is in no way affiliated with the companies whose products or web-sites are mentioned or linked to in this post.)

(photo courtesy of Stuart Lindsay/Dreamstime.com)

About Karla Lant

Karla Lant is an experienced freelance writer and editor who has the gall to write about anything she pleases. A regular contributor to various online publications and an author of various nonfiction books including several cookbooks, she continues to write academically because she loves blathering on about Foucault and Gramsci in a medium that allows no word to go unheard. Karla also writes copy and other work to specification and was a contributor to (and original cast member of, thank you!) the a cappella musical In Transit.
A graduate of Columbia Law School, Karla was a trial attorney for about nine years until she came to her senses. During that time she dealt with major felony defense in criminal cases with a focus on forensic science, medical evidence and other technical issues. Karla furthered her education by completing all coursework for the LLM in Biotechnology and Genomics. (Still missing that thesis, though!) All of these pursuits left her with an impressive breadth and depth of technical knowledge as well as a deep, abiding hatred and mistrust for attorneys.
Karla is currently an adjunct professor for Northern Arizona University in business, management, administration, leadership, law and ethics topics. Because she can't seem to stop attending school, she also has graduate training in social sciences including anthropology, sociology, gender race and class studies and related areas. She has an MA from the University of Alabama and a BA from the University of Arizona.
In her spare time she enjoys roller derby, krav maga and other violent pursuits in addition to canning, pickling, baking and cooking at home with her four year old (we don't know, you figure it out).

About Karla Lant

Karla Lant is an experienced freelance writer and editor who has the gall to write about anything she pleases. A regular contributor to various online publications and an author of various nonfiction books including several cookbooks, she continues to write academically because she loves blathering on about Foucault and Gramsci in a medium that allows no word to go unheard. Karla also writes copy and other work to specification and was a contributor to (and original cast member of, thank you!) the a cappella musical In Transit.
A graduate of Columbia Law School, Karla was a trial attorney for about nine years until she came to her senses. During that time she dealt with major felony defense in criminal cases with a focus on forensic science, medical evidence and other technical issues. Karla furthered her education by completing all coursework for the LLM in Biotechnology and Genomics. (Still missing that thesis, though!) All of these pursuits left her with an impressive breadth and depth of technical knowledge as well as a deep, abiding hatred and mistrust for attorneys.
Karla is currently an adjunct professor for Northern Arizona University in business, management, administration, leadership, law and ethics topics. Because she can't seem to stop attending school, she also has graduate training in social sciences including anthropology, sociology, gender race and class studies and related areas. She has an MA from the University of Alabama and a BA from the University of Arizona.
In her spare time she enjoys roller derby, krav maga and other violent pursuits in addition to canning, pickling, baking and cooking at home with her four year old (we don't know, you figure it out).