“][i1#as9” or “Broken computers”

So, I really need to update this blog because my "Airtime" music list is way out of date. I in fact didn’t fall asleep to the Gladiator score last night, nor wake up to Switchfoot this morning.

The reason I didn’t do this stuff is because my laptop, which I use as an alarm clock by streaming music from my basement-dwelling desktop through a great sub/satellite system in my bedroom, is being serviced. Best Buy had to send it out to the manufacturer, who I hope will call it junk and not try to fix. If that’s the case, I’ll be able to just pick out a different laptop of a different brand. I have no faith in eMachines any more because I had to take mine back twice and it’s a big hassle. Good thing I have a desktop to rely on, because I’d be lost without a computer.

My laptop’s problem is rather obscure. About 50 percent of the time I used the "i" key, it would type out "][i1#as9" plus trigger a menu shortcut or two. This is an ever larger problem for me since my universal password contains an "i". I put up with it for a month or two, hoping it might go away. It didn’t, so I enacted my extended service plan and took it back.

I’m hoping I can get this Gateway notebook in it’s place. It’s not quite as powerful, but after using the eMachines for a while, I decided I didn’t really need all the processing power it offered and would rather have one with longer batter life, smaller footprint and less weight.

By Joel Maust

Joel Maust is a marketer, blogger and photographer living in the beautiful Flathead Valley of northwest Montana.

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