Dell (one of my favorite computer companies) has just announced the largest recall in history… the Sony lithium batteries batteries have been reported to burst into flames, according to recent reports (some onboard planes).
So if you are using a Dell Laptop, you may want to pull the battery and take a peek at the brand. If it’s a Sony, or if you are unsure, you may want to pull it out and use the powercord only until Dell contacts you or you can contact them. Try the website first (www.Dell.com).
If you would like, you can read a NY Times article on this recall.
Note: Dell is not the only manufacturer that uses Sony batteries. So
you may want to check the battery in any portable computer and do a bit
of research on the model your machine uses.