How to prolong lithium-based batteries

Battery University has an interesting article explaining the physics of and experiences with different battery technologies. Especially interesting are the guidelines given to prolong the life of lithium-ion type batteries as used in laptops and other mobile devices.

I have already “worn out” three batteries for my N800, and in my experience complete discharges are in fact, as mentioned in the article, a crucial and noticeable influence. The article mentions heat as a second decisive factor.

Experience Report: Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop with Linux pre-installed

Well done, Dell and Ubuntu! What I received for my €550 is hands down the best overall Linux experience I’ve ever had on a PC. Finally, this is a package that feels like a no-compromise end-user alternative to the standard Windows offerings. Almost everything works as expected out of the box, from WLAN, multimedia keys, 3D graphical effects, hibernation up to bluetooth and even BIOS updateability. And last but not least, it is not the typical kind of half-hearted approach of “if it works for you, fine - if not, don’t blame us” - Dell offers support for their Linux machines similar to the Windows side of things, but at a lower cost.