It wasn’t even a month ago, as those of you who read Quilly’s blog will remember, that she shelled out some of her hard-earned dinero for a new laptop computer. And you’ll remember how excited she was to have it.
Well, the machine has repaid her devotion.
With the blue screen of death.
The [expletive deleted] machine isn’t even 30 days old, and the hard drive is gone. Taking with it that lovely library of photographs (like those here and here and here and here) that she’s been accumulating over the last month. And Quilly knows what else.
And all this after constant battles with Windows Vista Home Premium that, after it was too late, I’ve found echoed in the weeping, wailing, gnashing of teeth, and cries for continued support of Windows XP (or else), that are splashed like the blood of the innocents all across the Internet.
Quilly was far too polite to mention it, but we spent considerable bandwidth, in the days leading up to the purchase, debating what to get. As a confirmed Macaholic and Windowphobe, I was (to say no more) uncomfortable with the purchase of a PC-type machine – any PC-type machine – but I couldn’t argue with the fact that the PC-types are cheaper. Not to mention more abundant (and hence easier to network and get WiFi for).
Quilly was also far too polite to mention that her first attempts to buy an inexpensive laptop computer, at an electrical metropolis that shall remain nameless to spare the blushes of the offenders (I’m catching Quilly’s spirit of charity, sorta), were obvious bait-and-switch ploys.
Well, the call’s been placed (a real person actually answered the phone in real time), the problem’s been diagnosed, and the solution reached. The laptop will be repaired or replaced by the manufacturer, and delivered unto my co-blogger.
In three weeks.
Three ruddy weeks.
And my machine will be working – the class I teach starts
tomorrow today (16 July 2007).
There are community computers here at the Friday Harbor Labs, which Quilly is welcome to use as a member of the FHL community. So, I trust, she won’t be completely cut off from the Internet during times when I and my laptop are away. But spare her a thought anyway … and drop her a line. I can at least read to her any comments that show up here …
Get a Mac! 😉
– O Ceallaigh
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