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Will my Surface Pro 4 explode on an airplane?

Ok .. this might be slightly melodramatic – but I was faced with this question when flying back with British Airways from Tenerife yesterday evening.

We were about 2 hours into the flight, and my 5 year old son was knackered and reverted back to his 3-year-old inner self and asked to watch Peppa Pig (this is a rite of passage for UK parents) – something I didn’t pre-load onto his tablet, but I did have on my Surface (for my 16 month old daughter).

But imagine my *surprise* when I pulled my Surface out of the overhead locker to find the screen bulging out so badly I could barely engage the hinge.

“what does f$%k mean Daddy?”



“erm .. nothing .. I just need to go speak to someone”

I had read numerous reports of exploding batteries – particularly at altitude – so I was worried .. VERY worried.

Luckily I DID know about this problem, and took it directly (and very discretely) to the flight crew.

I expected to have to spend a good 5 minutes explaining why this was a problem but to my (pleasant) surprise they seemed to be well drilled and knew exactly about this problem.

They immediately called up the senior cabin crew member who came armed with a large metal container.

He quickly powered off the device (something I was kicking myself for not doing!) .. checked it for any signs of heat (it was quite cold) .. and then placed it inside the metal canister. I must say I was extremely impressed with how quickly and calmly the BA cabin crew dealt with this.

They told me they were going to check the temperature every 10 minutes, and if it showed any signs of heating up they would fill said canister with cold water. I was of course totally fine with this – my data was all backed up to OneDrive .. plus after I’d thought about it I didn’t really want my laptop exploding, especially on an aircraft full of people.

Luckily nothing happened and the Surface was returned, along with a written incident report (for which I needed to confirm contact details).


So as well as an interesting “anything interesting happen on the flight back?” story for the pub, I hope this helps to serve as a reminder to anyone out there travelling with electronics.

If you EVER see your tablet / laptop / phone / device bulging out like that on an aircraft then please take it to the cabin crew immediately. This story ended happily, but this could very easily have gone VERY VERY wrong …

Me? I’m just glad my son wanted to watch Peppa Pig.

November Events : Speaking at SPCON14 and SPSUK

Well, looks like November is going to be a busy month for me.

For starters I’m booked into the Combined Knowledge “App Venture” course with the legendary Ted Pattison (all about SP2013 Apps and I’m hoping to pick up some MVC, MVVM, Knockout and AngularJS goodness).

I’m also honoured to be invited back to speak at both SharePoint Connect 2014 (#SPCON14) and SharePoint Saturday UK (#SPSUK), where I’ll be talking about using JSLink and Display Templates to provide advanced list rendering such as Cascading Drop Downs, Custom UIs, validation checking and integrating Google Maps functionality.

SharePoint Connect Conference 2014 (18th and 19th November)

SharePoint Connect 2014 - I'll be there! - Martin Hatch

This is a fantastic 2 day conference being held over the 18th and 19th of November at the Meervaart Theature in Amsterdam. It has been running for several years now and this will be the second time that I’ll be speaking at this event, last year was a blast! It was even voted in an independent poll as the 3rd best SharePoint conference in the world!

The sessions are split up amongst the usual IT Pro, Dev and End User tracks, as well as the increasingly common Office 365 and Business Tracks. There are also sponsor sessions where you can find out about vendor products and tools related to the SharePoint world.

If you are interested in going but haven’t bought any tickets yet then you can still get a 10% Discount using the code SA238 when you sign up at:

SharePoint Saturday UK (29th November)

This is always on my calendar as soon as it is announced. It is a great event (as many of the “SharePoint Saturday” events are) and it is a genuine pleasure to both attend and speak at this conference, and best of all .. its FREE!

It is held every year in the UK Midlands, a refreshing change from what are normally London oriented events, and this year (as it was last year) it will be held at the Hinckley Island Hotel (in Hinckley, of all places!).

Again there is a great spread of sessions among IT Pro, Dev, Information Worker and also Business and Social tracks (so I’m hoping to see some Yammer integration at some point). Despite being a free event there are some world class speakers in attendance and a varied set of sessions, so please register and hopefully I’ll see you there!

Migrating from Blogger to WordPress

So I’ve got myself a shiny new blog design, and more than that it is running on both a shiny new hosting provider (Azure Web Sites) and a shiny new platform (WordPress). So this post is going to run through the reasoning behind why I moved, why I chose WordPress and (equally importantly) how I actually did it.

I can say that I am very pleased so far with the WordPress experience. It has been a relatively quick and painless experience and migrating all of my old content from to my new hosted WordPress site (including setting up the theme and a bunch of “widgets”) only took me a few hours (easily achievable in one evening). I am quite a fan of the interface although I admit the current style still requires a fair bit of polish here and there.

The main issues I’ve faced have been post formatting as the migration doesn’t appear to have brought over all of my images (although most of them appear to be intact). Also the formatting of code blocks appears to have stripped out what it obviously thought were harmful scripts (a lot of my JavaScript code samples have magically disappeared) so that will need some cleanup

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