Monday, 15 September 2008

Proud owner of a dead laptop

A few months ago, I couldn't get my laptop computer to boot. I took it to my IT guy and he managed to get it working, with the warning, "It could last two hours, or two years." Well, closer to two months.

I now I have dead laptop. Or close enough to dead to be worthy of a dignified passing. Let it go.

Now I need a new laptop. The problem is I bought a new computer a while ago, so I'm all set for home stuff. Really the laptop is for catching up with stuff at coffee houses, and for travelling. Which, in spite of recent excesses, I don't do a lot.

But how long can I bear to be without one?

Did I mention all the writing I was planning to do this term? Not only finally getting a paper or two out, but I'm taking a playwriting class. Daddy gots to have his keys 'n pixels.

So we'll see how long it last. But I feel the electronics stores calling me. But I'm also || this close to being out of debt completely, thanks to some creative international financing. By || this close, I mean *days*. Like I think I get paid tomorrow, and could be out of debt with a few keystrokes. Well, that and however much I've stacked up on my new HBC card in the last month, but that won't be that much. But the point is, "Just when I think I'm out, they pull me back in."

So depending on what goes in in playwriting class tonight, I might be able to leave it a few weeks. Although the back-to-school sales are still on. *sigh*

Life's rough sometimes.


D. Sky Onosson said...

Do you like ultraportables? Staples has a tiny HP that looks quite nice, and the keyboard is just about standard laptop size, for about 6 or 7 bills.

Rob Hagiwara said...

Of two minds. I mean, this is just for working in coffeehouses and travelling, rather than any serious gaming--er, I mean heavy statistics or graphics or anything. Gotta have some guts but doesn't have to mimic a stand alone machine. So a mini might work. As long as it has a standard sized keyboard....

D. Sky Onosson said...

The main part of the keyboard is pretty much standard sized, except perhaps that the extraneous keys (page up/down, arrows, etc.) might be slightly displaced - I can't quite recall. Compared with any other tiny laptop I've seen it is a big keyboard. There is no optical drive, but that will probably only help battery life. It also comes with a free downgrade to XP!

I'm secretly hoping you'll buy it so you can tell me if it's worth it before I shell out more money I don't have for a computer I don't really need...