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Now that I'm only semi-employed, I thought I'd be sleeping in a lot. But no, this morning I was up at 8:45. I know, I know, for some of you that is sleeping in, but it's nowhere near as indulgent as staying dormant till noon!

Anyway, since I was up, I decided to be a bit productive. I went to University Computers to pick up my laptop and paid them the $35 diagnosis fee. Their diagnosis was basically, "Gee, this computer doesn't have any of the screws inside it holding the parts together so we're not gonna try to figure out what's really wrong with it and will just ship it off to IBM for a total overhaul that would cost minimum $925." Um, no thanks.

Since University Computers is right next to the BU Bookstore Barnes and Noble, I was sucked in again. They still did not have Asimov's The Robots of Dawn, but they did have Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Since I'm currently enjoying Stranger in a Strange Land so much, I figured I would enjoy Moon as much as everyone has been telling me I would and, therefore, bought it. I also added Clarke's Childhood's End; it was this or Rendezvous with Rama, but I couldn't remember which installment in the Rama series this was and decided to play it safe. I also did what I forgot to do last time: I bought the first two of Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain, The Book of Three and The Black Cauldron, which I had somehow managed not to read as a kid.

Laptop and books in hand (or, at least, on passenger seat), I headed down the MassPike to a computer store in Framingham that minkrose had recommended highly. And this leads to another mini-rant. The toll there is $1.20 and back is 30¢. Now, why can't the MTA make it $1.25 and 25¢, respectively, instead of making me search my ashtray for the rare nickel or dime??? Why their bloody insistence on inconvenient dollar and cent amounts. That's kind of like the buses charging 90¢ now — just charge the damned dollar, 'cause I ain't gonna carry around shitloads of change and you're gonna get my dollar bill anyway! </rant>

This other computer store charges a $75 diagnostic fee, but they will waive it if you choose to have the work done there. And, a brief look around the shop and a conversation with one of the technicians fills me with confidence that they might actually know what they're doing. (No sarcasm there at all. The guy sounded competent, as opposed to the luddites at University Computers!) It sounds like the problem may be as simple as soldering a point but should be no worse than replacing a part, probably costing just a couple hundred dollars. They'll let me know by Monday.

Hopefully I'll have a working computer again by sometime next week! Yay!


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Nov. 18th, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC)
I can loan you The Robots of Dawn.
Nov. 18th, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I might take you up on that in a month or so.
Nov. 18th, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)
The diagnostic is worth it; when I brought in Maeve over the summer, I said "this is what's wrong, please fix it." I just wanted her back ASAP and I didn't want to have to wait when I already knew EXACTLY what was wrong. Of course, she was rusting apart from the inside - which they didn't find out until they opened her up to put in the parts they'd purchased. Anyway, she's dead now.
But yes, they do, in my personal opinion, have a very good idea of what they're doing. They did their best to save her even after that.

University computers... that's not related to the PCSC is it? I can't remember anymore. By the way, I'm pretty sure he still works there - if you ever call the PCSC and you aren't getting good help, ask for Ari Solomon. He may be my asshole ex but he's still incredibly smart when it comes to computers. You should be able to use that service for free; they don't ask if you go to BU.
Nov. 18th, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC)
since we're both on the recently unemployed bus, we should have lunch sometime after the show!
Nov. 18th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)
Nov. 19th, 2005 07:20 am (UTC)
The Prydain Chronicles are right there in the topmost tier of my favorite children's books evar -- the small group of the books I love so much that I can't put any one of them before the others.

So... you better like 'em, beyotch.
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Nov. 19th, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC)
Apparently the response I left this morning vanished. What I wrote was: "If my calling them luddites doesn't offend, your calling them near-universally idiots certainly won't either."
Nov. 20th, 2005 08:54 am (UTC)
Prydian / computer
They said your computer had a screw or screws loose? They shouldn't be in business. They ripped you off.

I have a volume with the entire collection of Prydian books. I let it sit on my shelf for a couple of years before reading it, which I did a couple of years ago. It's probably around here somewhere. But if you've seen the Disneyfied movie "The Black Cauldron", you don't need to read the books (what is the emoticon to indicate extreme sarcasm? :-P ?).
Nov. 21st, 2005 08:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Prydian / computer
Since you made the mistake more than once, I'm going to assume it wasn't a typo. You do know it's Prydain, not Prydian, right? ;)
Nov. 22nd, 2005 12:41 am (UTC)
Re: Prydian / computer
My fingers have a mind of their own. I thought I had copied the name from your submission, to get it right, but my fingers must have overridden my mind ... and I didn't proof it afterwards.
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