October 10th, 2004

You can't guard me!

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Keya and briganski are over watching Sunday Night Football tonight. DirecTV shows a commercial for World Cup Qualifying. When they flash "Poland vs. England" on the screen, the three of us shout out, almost in unison, "Poland!" You gotta love politically aware friends!
In my natural element

Laptop issues

My laptop is getting old (almost two years) and the wear and tear is starting to get to it. I noticed a new problem today: when I closed the lid, the laptop no longer went into standby. This is an inconvenience, especially if I think the laptop is in standby when unplugged and my battery runs down to nothing. After closer inspection, I determined that the problem seemed to be a button of sorts near the base of the screen that had come loose. I decided to crack open the laptop to see if I could fix the problem. I was nervous as hell, afraid I would do more harm than good. But I did get the computer opened up enough to see the mechanism in question. This "button" is attached to a thin metal lever that must create a circuit somewhere. When this circuit is complete, the computer goes into standby. However, the lever had come unattached because it was held in place by a cheap plastic bracket that has, with repeated stress of opening and closing the lid, broken. I repositioned the lever, but I did nothing to secure the bracket, so the lever will no doubt come loose again. For the time being, though, the switch works. When I powered back up, there was a problem with some pixels on the monitor, but that seems to have cleared up on its own. I'm not looking forward to cracking my laptop open again, though.