And there I was in the midst of something very important and my laptop crashed…again. The wonderful little blue screen of death. Earlier it just quit working right as I was writing what I thought was rather important…it stops dead in its little Dell tracks. I tried everything. I did the Control Alt Delete thingie a thousand times – I pounded on the Escape key until I broke a nail (note to self: look inside keyboard for remains of nail). I finally had to manually shut it off AND take out the flippin’ battery and then put everything back together again before it would come on. Let me tell you it was not a happy laptop with my actions.
I do not own an external hard drive, no matter how many times I have said while perusing the aisles of Office Depot, “pick up an external hard drive and back-up POC laptop.” So the other evening I spent several hours with as many flash drives as I could round up in this house backing up data. I cannot afford to lose my gazillion and one pictures of the ever adorable EmmaLou, Golden Destroyer. And then there are my stories, and websites I cannot remember but certainly can’t live without, blah, blah, blah, infinity. It is an ongoing pain.
On the advice of my IT guru (who also I might add advised me 2 years ago to buy this particular POC Dell), I went to the HP website and started “building” a new laptop. He is now advising I stay away from Dell since this is my second Dell that has not performed well and he now advises I buy from HP. Anyway…so I’m on the website and following the instructions building this laptop and I stopped when I had reached the monetary value of a third world country. Oh for the love of Pete – they claim you can buy a nice laptop for around $799. IT’S A LIE! A LIE, I TELL YOU. D’ya know what you get for $799? The friggin’ shell and a supply of yellow Post-it Notes.
The laptop I finally decided upon came in at around $1400. I about had an aneurysm and I’m not sure why I didn’t. I know for a fact my left eye was twitching. Was this laptop a fancy model? Nope. Did it have cool stuff like fingerprint technology so no one can sign in but you? Nope. Did it have a webcam? They offered a link to eBay where old Polaroid machines were listed. Aye aye aye.
So I have put off actually calling these HP people (which my IT guru advises I should do because if you get a live body on the phone you may get a better deal). Maybe tomorrow. It is just so much stress and pressure — I sat here going through all the specs on the laptop and realized my chin was sore. Here’s a little medical fact heretofore unknown – the stress of a crashing laptop will cause a normally non-facially deformed woman to break out in pimples. I have a pimple on my chin. I am not making this up – that’s what this POC laptop is causing.
Soon I will be a brave buckaroo and make the call and end up ordering a new laptop and no doubt spending more money than I want or need. The other day online I noticed there were a couple of freebies. I plan on asking for a wireless printer, some ink cartridges, a power cord (they always seem to be extra), a free dinner at the restaurant of my choice, a new car, and a kiss. I’m betting I get the kiss. sigh…