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.