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Thu, Nov. 10th, 2005, 04:47 pm
Computer Woes

I'm having computer woes. Is very sad.

I lost my tab key two months ago to a rambunctious kitten. (She climbed on the keyboard, got her claw caught under the key, and freaked out heavily enough to pull it right off. Oops.) That was the first violation of my gorgeous, pristine new computer. I was sad, but I've learned to work with the makeshift tab key I've got, since I procrastinate far too much to get it fixed.

This new problem, on the other hand, is preventing me from playing World of Warcraft and therefore rates as a bona fide emergency. I have a two-inch-wide strip of dead pixels right down the center of my screen. No, I have no idea why - I'm generally pretty gentle with my laptop, and it was sitting on the table basically untouched when it happened - but it's here and now I have to cope. I've managed to work around the blank spot for some of my day-to-day stuff (email, web, doing interviews) but it makes it hard for me to do things like data analysis and writing papers. And did I mention no World of Warcraft?

Fortunately, all my data is backed up on an external hard drive, and even more fortunately, my warranty completely covers the repairs. (In fact, they're probably just going to give me a new computer!)

The problem? It'll take them about a week to evaluate the problem and decide how they're going to resolve it. My guess is they'll try to repair it before giving up. I can't do without a computer for a week, though - particularly not right now, as I'm preparing for the National Reading Conference and for my consulting trip to Florida.

I'm trying to rent or borrow a PC laptop, but so far, no dice. All the rental places want me to be a corporation, and the people who have extra laptops all seem to have Macs. Bastards. :)

If anyone has suggestions for what I can do, I'd be eternally grateful. Until then, I'll be working split-screen-style. Fun.

Thu, Nov. 10th, 2005 10:40 pm (UTC)

Dude. You don't use TAB for targetting in WoW?

You're more devoted than I thought....

Fri, Nov. 11th, 2005 04:25 am (UTC)

No, no, yes I do use it - it's just that I need to hit it really accurately or it doesn't register the press. I'm psycho. :)

Thu, Nov. 10th, 2005 11:09 pm (UTC)

My laptop is really *really* shitty. You may remember it. It was a sub-par Toshiba satellite five years ago, and its software has been sort of spontaneously going to hell little by little.

If you think it will help, and especially if you can wait until Monday, I offer you its use.

Fri, Nov. 11th, 2005 04:26 am (UTC)

Would it be horribly inconvenient for you to bring it Monday so I can check it out?? If I can use Word and get my email, it should be good enough for me to part with my darling baby laptop for a few days. :)

You are a saint and I adore you! Also you should have more sex!

Fri, Nov. 11th, 2005 04:59 am (UTC)

connect an external display? i know that kinda breaks the whole laptop aspect, but if it’s only for a week…

my condolences.


p.s. i’m not going to be so hyperbolic as to claim that Macs never suffer from hardware defects, but i have it on good authority that when your PowerBook’s screen has dead pixels, Steve Jobs sends you a pie that he baked himself to console you while tech support fixes the problem.

p.p.s. World of Warcraft is bad for you anyway. multiplayer Angband is much cooler.

Fri, Nov. 11th, 2005 05:06 am (UTC)

Well, I'd love to hook up an external display, but it's hard to find a cord long enough to extend all the way down to the repair shop . . . .

I do want Steve Jobs' pie, though. Damn my eyes.