I own two computers, a desktop and a laptop. My desktop is one of those beloved, five year old, completely outmoded machines just dying to, well, die. But, I love it and will keep it until that sad day comes - even if my sound card doesn't work anymore and the hard drive's days are numbered. It's been with me for so long that it's almost like a pet or a personal project, as I've updated it countless times and had many happy experiments of doing open heart surgery, just without all the blood and stitches.
The depressing thing is the fact that my desktop is now my "good" computer. My laptop is but two years old, but a real piece of crap Dell. It wasn't a cheap one, either - when I bought it, I bought it for when I was living in D.C. and got one that was a heavy mammoth of super powers and wasted cash (not to mention a pain in my back). Now, for some odd reason, when I plug it in Mr. Crappy Dell doesn't want to charge. I've looked up the problem and, given Dell's tendencies to overheat, I think that whatever allowed the electrical wires to connect to the battery has officially gone to the fritz. In all likelihood, it melted like a Popsicle left outside in the heavy August doldrums. Whatever happened to the days when Dells were considered reliable? Now, they're more likely to overheat and burn a house down than work for more than two years.
Given the fact that I don't even know if I want to fix my laptop, which will probably cost close to two hundred dollars (my friend's computer had the same exact problem - and we had the same model Inspirons, purchased within a month of each other), my ability to post is going to be slightly diminished. No more Panera posts, where I take it to the road. No more posts at my own leisure, wherever I am in the house. Furthermore, there's little sense of using Youtube videos if I can't hear them - which is why I haven't used many as of late. All of these problems sound like minor complaints, but people would be amazed at how the trivial things in life can put a dent into post-counts. (Anyone else notice the decline in blogs on Ryan's Take this summer? It isn't just because of a slow news period).
In a few months, I may go and get a Mac, but that'll mean I actually have to go and get a real job first. Ha! In the meantime, I'll try to make do with what I have and keep a robust website, filled with lots of content and reasons to visit. I do love my readers! If anyone's had similar problems with Dell Inspiron laptops and has any heartening news/advice, I'd love to hear it, but I think it's about to be laid to rest. If only there were battery chargers I could get that were external; the computer itself is fine, it's just not charging. Oh well. So consider this a notice to bloggers - don't buy crappy Dells, or you'll live to regret it.