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Mar. 30th, 2008 | 12:10 pm
mood: groggy

I slipped on a magazine and wrenched my leg, the one that was broken. Still kinda hurts and I'm being very careful today, mostly sitting.

Worse, I came out this morning and found my laptop screen all black and the fan running loudly. After I powered down and up again, the poor thing couldn't start, it just clicked a lot and showed me a blinking folder with a question mark on it. I looked up the symptoms tried everything I could, but it may be a disk failure or disk head failure. But I bought AppleCare on it and I have an appt. tomorrow at the local store "genius" bar.

The worst part was that I was doing an overnight backup.

Anyway, I have access to other computers, but I won't be on nearly as much until the MacBook is fixed. *hugs to all*

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from: thelastgoodname
date: Mar. 30th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
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Ouch! (Both of those. Very ouch.)

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 30th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. I am all whiney and pissy about both of these :-(

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fairywriter

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from: slashfairy
date: Mar. 30th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
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OH NOES!

*snuggles gently, waves wand over macBook*

yes! applecare [i did too. learned the hard way on the bigMac.]

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 30th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
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Your magic much appreciated!

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sunny muffin of delight

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from: frisbyg
date: Mar. 30th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
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hsss, oh goodness, wouldn't you know it. bloody glossy pages!

i hope everything come right with your puter. are you completely sold on apple (probably not the right time to ask)? i am leaning that way for when i finally purchase a laptop.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 30th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
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It was The New Yorker, and she'd been reading it most charmingly and telling me about the cartoons. So not fair to slip on a Literary Magazine.

I am an Apple devotee from the mid 80s so I'd be happy to answer any questions you have.

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sunny muffin of delight

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from: frisbyg
date: Apr. 1st, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
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oh no, i thought it might have been a clothes catalogue or sommat, but the NY? not fair at all.

i basically would like to know why i would choose apple over a packardy microsoft type thingamajigger. :)

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Apr. 1st, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
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If you don't get blue screens or viruses or curse your computer, then stick with Windows.

If you do, however, Macs almost never crash, we're too small a market to get viruses aimed at us (plus Mac OS X was relatively-secure Unix from the inside out), and mostly things just work. So if, (and this is a big if), you know people who have Macs or you live near an Apple Store or you like playing with new things, you should consider a Mac. They're really nicely designed and mostly don't give you contortions like "choose shut down from the start menu and then choose shutdown from the confirmation dialog"...

I told my mom I wouldn't do her tech support unless she got a Mac. Now I give her my old ones when I upgrade for work.

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sunny muffin of delight

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from: frisbyg
date: Apr. 1st, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
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I know one person with a Mac and he raves about it, but he lives in Australia. Does 10,000 kilometres present a problem?

And I have heard that they are the king when it comes to photo and video programs, is that right?

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Apr. 2nd, 2008 05:09 am (UTC)
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It's better to have local help, though there are remote-access programs you can install, and I've done so much phone tech support that I can do it in my sleep.

Macs are definitely excellent choices for photo and video programs, and many industry people swear by them. I'm all for more people coming over to what we call "The Light Side" but don't want to oversell.

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sunny muffin of delight

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from: frisbyg
date: Apr. 2nd, 2008 06:52 am (UTC)
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awesome, thanks so much for the info! :)

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idrillia

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from: illiadri
date: Mar. 30th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
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Oh dear! *hugs you* That's not what you need.. your poor leg :( And also, your poor MacBook. Hope they can remedy it quickly. I bought a Dell - at the time I wanted something as light as possible and it was way cheaper than the Mac or Sony Vaio.. that was three years ago. it came with a three year warranty and I just thank god for it really. I've had a replacement optical drive and a new keyboard is due to arrive tomorrow because my backspace key has just broken. Someone said that perhaps Dell weren't good quality but I just said... Honey, I use that poor machine for hours every single day. It is my stereo, my television, my cinema, my communications device, my writing tablet and my reference book. The fact that it hasn't fallen over completely yet is a miracle. I'm glad you bought the AppleCare ;)

Have to say. I kind of liked that most of the letters had rubbed off my keys though. It looked... 'broken in' somehow *s*

Look after your leg and see you soon.

Edited at 2008-03-30 08:22 pm (UTC)

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 30th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
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I'm hoping for the best, but I hadn't done a complete backup in a long time. Laptops get lots of bumps, and I use mine so much... I wore the letters on two keyboards off my previous laptop!

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Trianne

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from: trianne
date: Mar. 30th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
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Poor you. Hope you feel better much soon, and that the laptop is sorted out ASAP. *hugs*

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 30th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

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Lapin Agile

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from: lapin_agile
date: Mar. 30th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
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You have my sympathies. On both things. It's so easy to re-injure something you've broken: you must feel pretty jittery about that in the aftermath of slipping. Phew!

Woe! re. the computer. Especially while backing up.

:(

Edited at 2008-03-30 10:18 pm (UTC)

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 31st, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
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Thank you. I'm feeling a little fraught at this point. Sat in the backyard and read a fairly good Regency romance.

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Feel For Faith

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from: feelforfaith
date: Mar. 31st, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
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Ouch! You've had some bad luck with that leg.

I forget, is this a new laptop? I remember you had some problems with your computer a few months back--did you buy a new one?

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 31st, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
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thank you. I did buy a replacement laptop and wish it was lasting longer.

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IT'S FOR THE HAMSTER THAT I'M GONNA BUY!

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from: overloved
date: Mar. 31st, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
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oh gosh, be careful!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Apr. 1st, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
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So far, just one more weird jarring step of a curb, but I've otherwise managed not to hurt it much. I plan to be very careful, thank you!

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kaige68

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from: kaige68
date: Mar. 31st, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
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*hugs back at you hon* Big squishy ones!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Apr. 1st, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
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Yay for hugs! *hugs you much*

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