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So several months ago my laptop stopped charging. I recognized what the problem was because my machine's symptoms exactly matched those pinkfish described in a post a year or so ago. Most likely, there was a solder point that had to be fixed. I figured I would be cheap and try to ask a friend to do it for me instead of spending the hundred or so bucks to have a pro fix it. My initial call for help was ignored, but I convinced Bri to have a look at it. Well, Bri fixed the solder point, and the computer could now charge up, but apparently he fucked up the motherboard and the machine will no longer power up with video display. The repair shop estimated it would cost over $900 to fix the machine. As much as I love that machine, the cost means fixing it is not an option.

It looks like I will have to buy a new laptop. And now all the Thinkpads come with that annoying little touchpad thing at the bottom that I absolutely hate. The minute I buy my new machine (if I can find a model I can afford and a means to pay for it), I will disable that annoying touchpad and go only with the vastly-preferred eraser head. I also don't know what model to get anymore, since Thinkpad no longer makes the A series. Do I go with the R series? The T series? The new Z series? I have to do some research this weekend …

… but I'm no longer going to have regular reliable internet access, because today is my last full-time day of work. <sigh>

I finished The Naked Sun last night. I found it so much more enjoyable than Caves of Steel, so I decided I will go ahead and read the final installment of the Robot series. Since the computer store is right next to the bookstore where I get a BU faculty discount, I decided to pop my head in and use the discount before I lose it. After all, I'm soon going to have a lot more free time to read! Alas, they didn't have The Robots of Dawn. But, there are other books I've been meaning to get. Ever since a conversation with lillibet, muffyjo, and hotpoint last week, I've been wanting to read Stranger in a Strange Land and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress; the store had the former, not the latter, so I bought it. I have also been thinking for a while that I should discover some of Piers Anthony's non-Xanth material, so I bought On a Pale Horse. They finally had Le Guin's The Dispossessed, which I've been wanting to read since I read The Left Hand of Darkness a couple of years ago, so I bought that, too. Finally, because I've heard so many good things about it and have been curious for a while, I bought Ender's Game.

This was all before I received the phone call from the computer store informing me of the $900+ repair estimate, or I might not have bought the books. Well, I'm not returning them, but I have no idea what I'm going to do for a computer now. Not having a computer is not really an option if I want to keep doing freelance web design stuff to bolster my income for the next few months of unemployment and while I'm in England. Any recommendations?

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dpolicar
Nov. 10th, 2005 10:40 pm (UTC)
I can loan you Moon if you want.
Pale Horse isn't bad, but you want to be careful about the rest of the series... it gets steadily worse.
surrealestate
Nov. 10th, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC)
I was just gonna say... I really enjoyed OaPH and got psyched for the rest of them. Book two was... okay. The third was really bad. I stopped there. And, I mean, I've read *every single* Pern book.

Just treat it like a one-off.
derspatchel
Nov. 11th, 2005 01:22 am (UTC)
If you stopped at the third, you definitely missed out on the fifth, which had the Earth Mother character and her born-again junkie rock band flying around in a giant fish. As a hormone-addled adolescent, I enjoyed far more the book's cover (featuring said earthy mother in a leafy setting, srumming a harp and showing way too much thigh up her earthy green dress than what's usually allowed by law) than the contents of the book itself.

So, yeah. Treat On A Pale Horse as the one-off it rightfully is. And once you get The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, treasure it like the treat it is.
ayelle
Nov. 11th, 2005 02:36 am (UTC)
Ender's Game made me temporarily lose my faith in humanity.

It infuriates me that it's marketed with a middle-grade cover (that means for 8-12 year olds). It's not a kid's book. Naturally, I'm not saying kids can't read it -- god knows I read a *ton* of adult science fiction when I was young (more than I do now, in fact). But... it shouldn't be *marketed* that way! It made me lose faith in humanity!
minkrose
Nov. 11th, 2005 08:27 am (UTC)
I emailed you about laptop stuff. Good luck with that.

SiaSL... :looks across the room: oh yeah, there it is - right next to my bed, where I keep it.
which is to say, I LOVE that book. My copy is happily worn and loved and underlined and dog-eared (hey, it's not a library book - I abuse my own collection (but I don't break spines). Notes in the text, I'm all over that). I'll be interested to hear what you think. Basically, it was like someone said "you know all these things you do that you think are rather unusual but you do 'em anyway? they're just fine, honey. go find some other folk who do what you do."

Have you ever read A Prayer For Owen Meany (John Irving)? That's another one of those travels-with-me books. Also, The Blind Assassin (Margaret Atwood) but my sister's reading that at the moment.
chrishansenhome
Nov. 11th, 2005 09:04 am (UTC)
I suppose that recommendation #1 is: don't try to repair a laptop. Replacing the HDD or adding memory should be about the size of home repairs.

You might be able to salvage the HDD from this current laptop and have it installed in your new one.

We have wireless access Chez Hansen and Tan, of course...so you'll have dependable access if you choose to stay here.
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