Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Techtastrophe Day....

So, first the stupid USB stick-drive goes total failo before my class.... Can't even be re-formatted.

Then, the LCD projector keeps randomly turning off during the highly entertaining climax to "High Plains Drifter." Yeah, I managed to squeeze that in to my Culture class!

As I'm puttering away on my laptop (whilst the kiddies are watching the show), the keyboard stops working (This is a symptom it came up with after I dropped it onto a tile floor a few years ago - I can't blame this one on anyone but me).

Neat, so I decide I'll pull the battery and give it a nice lobotomy. Get out a 500 won coin, turn the lock switch, and it crumbles right out of the computer (Note - next time get a metal body).

As it turns out, this means the slender aluminum reed that holds the battery in is now unmoored and I can't move the thing around without the battery falling out and resetting all settings to 1904, or whatever the baseline date is for this thing....

I will shortly be starting the "You Could Give Your Money to Some Stupid Poor Kids Who Would only Spend it on Crack, Or You Could Give the Money to me For a New Computer" fund.

I know my sister will be down - after all, I paid for her successful candidacy.

MAF is off the hook for the care package she sent me.

MSM missed my birthday and xmas while I toted several heavy gifts from Korea to East Mexico. So that's probably a grand (factoring in the pain and suffering) right there

BKF is also off the hook, for a gift he gave me in the US and another he is trotting across the sea.

I can't ask my God-daughter for any gift-money back, so I will trust in the good will and love of her mother.

Lessee.. who else?

Anyone who I friended on Facebook?

That'll be $15 (AMERICAN!)

And if I can figure out how to get my students to pay for grades, I should just about be able to afford..

  • 2.93Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
  • 320GB Serial ATA @ 7200
  • SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Backlit Keyboard (English) / User's Guide
  • AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro (w/or w/o Display) - Auto-enroll
  • Apple Remote

To be fair to all of you I opted not to get the Apple LED Cinema Display (24” flat panel) [Add $899.00], or any of the additional pre-installable software.

So in totall ya'll need to kick in, in ballpark figures, $2,868.00.

Then my long personal technological nightmare will be done.


Anonymous said...

have you thought of applying for stimulus money?

Anonymous said...

Well gee, that's only ₩ 3936330. Surely, you've saved up that much in a year? I also see you didn't include the high-paid (and ungrateful) OAF on your list. She who was supplied with her own computer for free and who barely managed an IM'd "thank you" for it. How very.. oafish.


rwellor said...

Hmmm.. mom exits stage left quoting the socialist who will lead America to doom...

and MAF comes up with the semi-psychic notion of the "barely managed" IM thank you (distinguished from the extravagantly managed IM thank you in ways I am not superJenious enought to determine).

It could be that I will have to purchase my own laptop and thank myself, in some unclothed fashion.

Well, could happen!

Anonymous said...

A new laptop on your unclothed lap was not a picture you needed to paint for your readers.

rwellor said...

Dear Anonymous..

but it worked for me..

Oh GAWD, did it work for me!

Anonymous said...


rwellor said...

And yet "Anonymice" comes back...