Goodnight Sweet Prince

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Happy Retirement!
2003-2006

That’s right.  My HP Pavilion ze5385 is finally ready to spend winters in Miami and eat the earlybird special.  We all knew it was coming.  As you may recall, I wrote about my computer’s suicidal tendencies a few months back.  Well, this Saturday at 11 in the morning, my poor troubled computer made another suicide attempt.  I realized it was time to replace him.

I can’t actually be sure that it was a suicide attempt; the computer may have been trying to kill me.  I’m writing a website for a company called VaporStream, and when I opened up my laptop, it spit out the V key at me and the piece that holds it in place broke in half.  Joking aside, now when you want to hit the V, you have to stick your finger in a hole.  Check it out…

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So, what was I to do but retire him?  At this very moment, I’m typing at you from my new machine–a Toshiba Satellite A105-S4014 Notebook that I picked up at Micro Center on sale for about $1K.  So far, so good.  But I’ll reserve judgement.  To paraphrase an old mentor of mine, buying a computer is a lot like peeing in your pants.  At first, it’s warm and pleasant.  After a while, it gets cold and annoying and you have to change your pants. 

But, hey, let’s not get all morbid just yet.  This computer is brand new… and I choose life. 

One Response to “Goodnight Sweet Prince”

  1. Dave Alpert: I Know Where You’re Going with That » Blog Archive » WTF Toshiba?! Says:

    […] I got a new computer about a year and a half ago–a Toshiba laptop.  You can find out why HERE.  So far, I’ve had no problems with the new computer until the AC adapter started to go last week.  There is a loose wire where the cord meets the transformer box.  I went to the Toshiba web site to find a replacement.  I found the appropriate adapter, only to find that they sell it for a wopping $80.  You’d think for that much of a hit, they could produce it without LEAD.  Yes. Lead!  WTF Toshiba?!? […]

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