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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Technical Difficulties

I know posting's been sporadic. I've been busy, but I'm always busy. The main problem is I've been hampered by technical difficulties at home. My laptop caused just enough problems that I declared it useless. Despite all we've been through together, it barely flinched when I declared, "you're DEAD to me."

It's an HP that I've had for at least 3 years, probably 4. It replaced an HP that I had during law school, which died and caused me all sorts of heartburn. I remember praying this one would just get me through the rest of school, and praying again that it would last me through studying for the bar. It did both, and has assisted me at home, with work and other things, for over 2 years.

For several months I endured a quirk where the laptop would simply freeze in the middle of whatever I was doing. No amount of ctrl+alt+del, crying, or cajoling would cause any response from the screen or any other part of the machine. Only laying on the power button until the whole she-bang shut off with a sickening "click" would allow me to restart things. Since this behavior was relatively sporadic, and since I'm both super busy and super lazy, I didn't do anything about it.

Then several weeks ago after one of these episodes I could no longer log on to the internet. (I wasn't ignoring you, I just wasn't able to blog from home). Next, 2 precious hours of administrative time (doing my time for the week) were lost. Last Monday night, the final straw. I again spent about 2 hours doing my time for the week. I did it at home on my laptop, while watching a movie with T, in an attempt to spend a little time with her before having to go back into the office. It was already going to be a late night, for reasons out of my control. As I finished up, my computer froze. So did I. I rebooted, fighting to remain calm, and wondering how much of the document had been lost. The computer wouldn't open the file and told me it was corrupt. Crying, literally, I managed to get a copy of it on my thumb drive. I headed to work, after 10pm, exhausted and fighting a cold, hours of work ahead of me, vowing that I was done with my laptop - and I am.

I've taken the lazy way out. I suppose there's a chance that someone local could fix the problem for less than a couple hundred bucks, but I don't think the chances are high. And I don't have the time or the patience to have it sent to the manufacturer. So I bought a new laptop, finally. T and I hit Best Buy Thursday night about an hour before it was scheduled to close. I scanned the choices and picked something. Out of stock. I got a little impatient and picked something else. Out of stock. I left.

Friday, with tons of work to do, I left work at lunch time and hit another Best Buy. Their selection was so much more dismal that I couldn't even find something that looked halfway appealing - more wasted time. I e-mailed our IT department to confirm that if I bought a new unit over the weekend, they could get me set for logging onto our work system before the trip I have scheduled next week. In the return e-mail, one of our IT guys suggested several stores, including Fry's. Have you been to Fry's? If not, you should go. Soon. I was impressed and thankful for the selection, the helpful staff, the relatively cheap service plan, the fact that they'll give me a loaner laptop if this one needs repair, the clean spacious bathrooms, etc......

So...I have a new laptop. It's an HP, which I know isn't "cool," but I've had at least 2 of them already and I'm not too big on drastic change in my life. I like it and I quickly set it up last night and got right online. It even has Mahjong! (I'm easily pleased). I'm waiting for confirmation from the IT department that the Vista operating system won't prevent me from logging on to our work system, and then I'll start downloading things and setting more preferences. The inability to work from home is completely cramping my style, so hopefully things will be back to normal around here soon.


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