So my (relatively) trusty laptop/tablet computer has been slowly but surely dying of old age. First the fan went so I put it up on blocks so air could circulate through its lungs more freely. Then the power cord went so I bought a new one and plugged it in to life support. The optical drive started to go- but lots of geriatrics need help with optics right? Then the video card started to go, so I reset it often and pulled the battery on a regular basis because that seemed to help with the symptoms. I knew then that it was too far gone to treat the cause. This week, the Hard drive started to wheeze. I had actually planned on putting it onto a respirator- making boot disks and running on an external drive.
But with the dawning of the sun came the realization that it had so many diseased parts it really was more humane to euthenize it. And so, last night in one last puff of glory there was a huge thud as I tripped over the power cord and unplugged it one last time. It had a long and productive life for its species- rarely has a laptop in captivity been known to thrive for so long under such hostile conditions. (It was fed and watered regularly).
And thus through the natural cycles of life, a new lappy came into our home. It is tiny as a newborn babe- actually smaller than most at only 9 inches and 3 lbs. It has 250 gigs worth of storage space, and 2 gigs of memory. It even runs good old windows xp in English, and has a warentee and service centres relatively local. I also got an external dvd lightscribe (LG 20x) and a cooling pad (lets see how long this one makes it) for just under 1400 shekel (about $380 US).
If anyone local is looking to get a new lappy of their own I *HIGHLY* recommend Ivory Computers (google for them. They are huge and have branches in about 15 different cities). I found them through zap.co.il and got personal recommendations from a few different geeks that I know.
Last night we decided to go with the old standard of Chinese for Christmas. I made the best, low carby lemon chicken EVER. Recipe will be on the other blog in in the next little while.