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February 2nd, 2004
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Tragedy--at least for me...
I'm down here supporting our client in Virginia. It's in a facility where I can't take my mobile phone in, nor my iPaq, nor my laptop. So, this morning, I unzipped my laptop case and pulled out old trusty pen and composition book, arming myself for the day's round of discussions and meetings.

Unfortunately, by the end of the day, that fact had completely slipped my mind. As I slung my laptop pack onto my back, my mind was already on gallantly picking up and carrying Pam's backpack in for her. My thoughtful train of mind was shattered by a jarring shifting of the load on my back as the pack stopped moving--but the laptop flew out and onto the concrete slab of my parent's garage.

Miraculously, the system still functions--I just ran it through a complete bad sector check, by plugging it into my mom's monitor downstairs. That's how I'm typing this entry now. The screen is a complete loss--it's completely shattered and utterly unreadable. The latch is destroyed--it looks like it must have come down on the edge of the screen, and therefore the brunt of the damage was borne by the lid, latch and screen.

Thank goodness for "CompleteCare." Dell will be out on Wednesday with replacement parts--parts which sound like they amount to a new laptop, depending on how much the tech determines are damaged. When the sales guy quoted me on complete care as covering me "even if you drop the laptop," I laughed. (But I bought it anyway, as it's a recommended corporate standard).

Anyway, between being out of the loop during the day, and now having a mostly non-functional laptop, if you need to contact me, please call (or text) my mobile phone.

Oh! I got to see puzzledance and Mark last night! Yay! They came over to visit and wish my dad a happy 59th. Unfortunately, I wasn't great company, as I ended up curling up on the sofa in misery and (gasp) watching the end of the SuperBowl...yeah, anyone who really knows me knows that if I'm watching Football, I must truly be ill.

Current Mood: devastated

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From:puzzledance
Date:February 2nd, 2004 07:20 pm (UTC)
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Sorry to hear about the poor 'puter. At least you didn't lose your data. My laptop hard drive crashed without warning in October. I haven't been able to recover anything from it since tech support tried to fix it (even though before I brought it in, I was able to recover some files). At this point, I'm afraid to try, because if it doesn't work, then my only alternative will be to take it in to a hyper-expensive data recovery place. Let this be a warning to you: now is a good time to make a backup, if you don't have a recent one already.

Glad we got to see you last night! *hugs*
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From:happypete
Date:February 3rd, 2004 05:59 pm (UTC)

I love it when tech support "fixes" thing...

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and makes them worse...depending on what you want, I'd drop the $$ on the data recovery place...they're good at what they do.
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From:angelovernh
Date:February 2nd, 2004 07:24 pm (UTC)
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Oh dear.. so sorry your laptop got so damaged.. But it would be a much bigger loss with the complete care package!
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From:angelovernh
Date:February 2nd, 2004 07:25 pm (UTC)

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that should say.. WITHOUT the complete care package it would be a much bigger loss..
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From:happypete
Date:February 3rd, 2004 05:58 pm (UTC)

understood...

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yes...happiness is a fixed laptop...
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From:flyingwolf
Date:February 2nd, 2004 11:21 pm (UTC)
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aww. poor laptop.
Ill? mrow?
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From:happypete
Date:February 3rd, 2004 05:57 pm (UTC)

I think it was the...

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train trip...or the train food...or some combination...
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From:godfatherur
Date:February 3rd, 2004 02:27 am (UTC)
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Say it aint so...NOOOO NOOOO... Not the precious laptop... *moment of silence* Poor thing... It is now blind...*cries*
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From:happypete
Date:February 3rd, 2004 04:19 am (UTC)

most sad

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yeah..I kilt it good.

dumb me!
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From:eeedge
Date:February 3rd, 2004 08:59 am (UTC)

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Not dumb! It was an accident. Surely you understand when Quinn causes havoc by accident? Give yourself some latitude, too!!
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From:happypete
Date:February 3rd, 2004 02:05 pm (UTC)

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Well, "careless me" would be more accurate...

I just made the mistake of not being mindful of the moment I was in, as opposed to the next one...
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 3rd, 2004 09:35 am (UTC)

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You mean like the time I decided my laptop must be thirsty, and tired to give it some cran-juice? Well, ok, the cran-juice was for me, and I accidently knocked over the glass while reaching for something, but the effect was the same. Comatose laptop. Fortunately, the story has a happy ending (http://slashdot.org/~680x0/journal/50109).
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From:happypete
Date:February 3rd, 2004 02:04 pm (UTC)

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nice! glad you saved the day...

yes, when your laptop complains that it's running out of juice, it does not mean _ cranberry _.

Are you reading me with an RSS aggregrator, or manually?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 3rd, 2004 09:41 pm (UTC)

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Manually. I just scan Jenny's LiveJournal "Friends Page", which has several interesting people (plus a suddenly more verbose "community" called "The Tender Muse", which I could do without).

I suppose if I set up some kind of RSS feed, I could read via Evolution (which I currently don't use much, as Pine is so much faster).

- Vicky

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From:happypete
Date:February 4th, 2004 07:00 am (UTC)

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BTW--you can have Jenny set up a filter that excludes "The Tender Muse," mark it as public, and then you could read a friends page like so: http://www.livejournal.com/~mammasteed/friends/nomuse
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From:happypete
Date:February 4th, 2004 07:04 am (UTC)

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Nevermind..friends pages aren't aggregated, apparently...

grumble...
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From:happypete
Date:February 3rd, 2004 05:55 pm (UTC)

I know...

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and Dell will "fix" the "broken" parts--but will the Banctec luser they send out to do the job really do complete diagnostics?
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From:phoenix_glow
Date:February 3rd, 2004 06:50 pm (UTC)

so sorry

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Wah! It's all the stupid little things and weird accidents in the day that drag you down! Hope it gets fixed soon!
You might want to leave an offering to Logos - he's the God of Computers.
(CZ and I made him up! ;)

HUGS!
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From:happypete
Date:February 4th, 2004 07:05 am (UTC)

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I love it...well, hopefully my Dell guy, the incarnation of Logos, as it were, will be here soon...
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