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HulaHoopJustPassingby

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Finally, I have my laptop in working order again. In the midst of preparations of a reunion for which I was making a poster I dropped the charger of my laptop. Boom it said, and then it was dead. The next day I switched on my laptop, and Boom again. Short circuit.

I went to the store to get a new charger, feeling quite confident, since my laptop was only one year old, assuming guarantee would apply to my misery and misfortune. Then reality kicked in. There were no such or similar chargers available, they had to order it. As a result they could not test my laptop either. Fine.
The ordering ordeal has taken six months. Can you believe it? I saw my fellow reunion organizers frowning in disbelief when I said the charger was still on its way. When we got together again last week to enjoy the sun and let ourselves go in a coupe Dame Blanche, they urged me to post the story on the shop's FB page, to contact a radio ombudsman, and so on and so forth. I decided to make one final gentle call, and two days later a brand new charger fell out of heaven straight into my hands. Hallelujah! I had to pay for it though, because chargers are considered an accessory. Apparently, guarantee does not apply to accessories. I did not know that.

Although I got along fine with my phone and iPad, every now and then I cursed like a sailor. I had to change passwords to numerous online accounts. I had no  access to online government services (such as the tax return app for example) anymore. I did not know whether my laptop was still alive, and I feared all my pictures would be lost; so I am feeling rather excited now, a bit like the chocolate in the Dame Blanche.

(the reunion took place in March - it was great).

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Congratulations HulaGirl! I am still at the point of being computerless, so I have great empathy for where you've been and considerable envy for where you're at. I'm happy for you!
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What happened to yours? To me it comes as an unpleasant truth that shops - just any type of business - do not seem to have any supply of anything. Their suppliers appear to be empty handed too.. Sometimes, when I buy something for my apartment, it takes months before I actually have it. I had to wait 3 months for two standing floor lamps.
I also have the impression they do not try very hard to satisfy their customers. Hmmm, I am just not famous enough I guess.


Do not give up, Nicky!

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Does Amazon usually have what you need? I prefer to shop locally, when I can, but Amazon is so tempting and usually so quick! 
My computer started shutting down at night, for no apparent reason. I didn't think much of it but then one morning it wouldn't start up at all. When I did some research online I found out that the shutting down thing is serious and a warning that it might die. Ugh. Then I took the hard drive out and ran that from Joe's laptop, which worked for a while, but it started shutting down again and... instead of being smart and quitting, I kept pushing it for one more day, until it died. Now I don't think the hard drive is recoverable and I'm a bit too chicken to find out. My head is buried deep in the sand. Once I learn that I've lost all my photos, videos, files, etc., I will be freaking out... but for now the sand is just where I want to be. And, of course, I can't afford a new computer to start all over again anyway. Sigh!
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Oh dear. These things happen to me too. Besides my current laptop, I have one PC at my mother's home, which only works if I start it in safe mode. It regularly gave me a Blue Screen of Death, which I ignored until, well, now rien ne va plus except safe mode. The PC is still there, because I am supposed to transfer my pictures to another device, which is such a boring, time consuming job that I keep postponing it - I am somewhere halfway through. The problem is I cannot leave the PC alone when I start the copying job. When I do the PC will act silly.
There is a retired PC in my mother's attic waiting for me to....transfer the pictures it contains. I do not even remember what is wrong with that one.
And then I have another older laptop which I started using again after the charger gave up. To start it I had to enter a password. One day, not so long ago, the password process let me down. There is no way I can get into the machine anymore [rofl].

As far as the charger is concerned, of course I tried to find one online, but they were so expensive (like € 400) that I did not bother looking any further. Amazon did not really cross my mind. Apart from books and music, I do not order much there. And I still prefer to see what I buy, so I venture into the world and usually shop the old fashioned way. I had to pay € 105 for the charger at the store.

By the way, our Amazon equivalent is Bol.com in Holland. They sell almost anything.

The sand looks like an interesting place to be.

Image result for head in the sand computer cartoon

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