Adventures in laptop battery hacking
Friday 10:40 a.m.–11:25 a.m.
Target audience: User
When I bought a replacement battery for my laptop, little did I know that I was going to be up for an adventure just to get it to charge. Join me on a dive into the innards of laptops and laptop batteries, BIOS, ACPI, embedded controllers, vendor authentication schemes, and the remarkable way in which people come together on the Internet to solve problems.
From an early age Matthew has liked to pull things apart to understand their inner workings. In this sense not much has changed, although he has also since worked out how to put things back together. Matthew likes to attack problems from first principles and to engineer clean systems that address particular problems as efficiently as possible, which is what led him to his current job at Exablaze developing high performance network cards and switches. He holds a BE in Computer Engineering and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.