Sunday, October 18, 2009

The death of a laptop...

Approximately a week ago, when I just arrived back to California, my roommates and I decided to make dinner together, partially as a "welcome home" dinner for me, and partially as a "Monday's suck" dinner for the whole house. Melaney, our new housewife, was making eggplant parmigiana as I made the salad, bread, and provided the wine. As we were waiting for the food to bake, I decided to look at shoes online with Sara and Kory to match my Halloween costume.

First of all, it is never a good idea to use your laptop at the dinner table. Second, if you DO choose to sit at the table, never eat or drink next to your computer. Third, if you choose to eat or drink next to your computer, never look at anything that can excite you (like shoes or Halloween costumes) and cause you to move in a quick, hyper movement. Of course I did all three of these things. In one swift movement, my wine glass was shattered on my keyboard, and red liquid was dripping off my laptop, onto the table, the floor, and even the wall! Almost immediately after it happened my computer gave me a warning that it was overheating, and it turned itself off within a few seconds.

After waiting a few minutes, I tried turning my computer back on and everything seemed to be normal, except my mouse pad would not work. I decided to turn it off and let it dry for a day, then try again. A day later, when I pressed the power button, my computer made it's usual cheerful starting sounds, but the monitor was completely black. Of course the mouse pad still did not work, so the only thing I could do was press the power button until it made the horrible cracking noise that it always makes when I shut it down prematurely. My poor computer!

I had been planning on getting a new laptop this winter anyway because I bought my old one almost 5 years ago. I have heard that laptops should usually be replaced every 2 or 3 years, but mine was still going strong! I have reformatted my computer twice in it's lifespan, which may be one reason it has survived as long as it did because I am not exactly easy on my computers. That computer has been hauled to numerous classes at Cal Poly, and survived many powerpoint presentations and house parties as the designated "playlist" computer. I was hoping to use it as my backup computer to keep in case something happened to my new one, or in case someone needed to borrow it. Now it seems as though it has come to a horrible sudden death and it will no longer be able to serve me as my trusted communicator to the outside world.

Currently I am using Kory's old laptop, which was being used by Sara before me. Thank goodness Lyosha was able to revive it before this happened! Originally Kory was hoping to fix this computer so that she could donate it to a child in need, like the good person she is, but little did she know that the "child" would be both Sara and I!

Today I bought a new computer which is almost the exact replica of my old one, except it is newer, obviously, and it is PINK! I have always dreamed of having a pink computer and it just so happened that this one was on sale. It is amazing how cheap computers are now! You can get a good notebook for under $600 now that I would have had to pay $1600 5 years ago (yes, that is how much it cost, and I thought I was getting a good deal back then! Agh!). Isn't that crazy? I have to wait about a week for my new computer to arrive in the mail, but in that week I will be planning a funeral for my old one, and preparing for the new one like a child before Christmas. Hellooooo pink!



8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Epic fail with happy ending :-)

alskor said...

oh, Blondie... :)
I looked at your new laptop specs online and they look nice.

Роман Кузьмин said...

I always wanted to learn how standard laptop's funeral looks like (in case my book will also die sometimes). Please give me a short consultation :-)

jbkroeze said...

I can't really have a funeral yet because I may need to harvest it's parts. However, a good start to any funeral is to close the lid slowly and lovingly as you say good things about it to your friends, family and coworkers. Next, you need to decide if you will bury it (keep it somewhere in your house) or burn it (let the local recycling company take it away). I haven't decided what to do with the body yet, so I need to consult my partner in crime. He is a computer doctor and if he is able to cure it, then I will use it as the designated kitchen computer, to be abused by my roommates and loved by all...just like a retired racehorse becomes an overworked lesson horse.

alskor said...

Blondie, please check if your old laptop signed the donor card

jbkroeze said...

It DID sign the donor card, but it's organs are only able to be used if they are not damaged... doctors don't like to use parts that have been abused by alcohol, usually. Hopefully the brain is okay! The doctor needs to do some probing to find out! While he is at it, the doctor should probe me as well :P

alskor said...

naughty girl

jbkroeze said...

You are naughty for understanding that statement :P