Posted by Christopher Johnson | Monday, May 12th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 16 Comments

It’s time for my home lapper to die!!  Yay!!

I killed it, actually.  I was walking into the bedroom with a refreshing beverage, tripped on something and spilled a great deal of my refreshing beverage all over my laptop.  Buh-bye keyboard.  Actually, my lapper’s passing was way past due.  It probably should have died three or four years ago, it was that old.  So it would probably be more accurate to call this situation accidental digital euthanasia.

I wrote this post and the last one at the Webster Groves Public Library.

I’ve got a replacement option on order but I don’t know exactly when it’s going to get here.  So things may be quiet around here for a while.  Bill (not IB) has keys to the place and he can post something here if he wants.  Otherwise, I’ll be back up whenever the replacement gets here.

16 Comments to HEY, KIDS, WHAT TIME IS IT?!

May 12, 2014

Condolences on the laptop. Goodbye, old friend.

May 12, 2014

Here’s hoping that all the goodies on it can be rescued. In other words, may the old laptop’s hard drive rest in peace and rise in glory.

May 12, 2014

gppp is right: here’s hoping you can rescue all the goodies you had. My lapper is about 8 years old, and runs the last version of the Mac OS that will subrun (don’t know the word here) the Classic environment. Can’t get an Intel chip because that wouldn’t work with all my old software, which I have to use. I’ve had it repaired once (the cable to the screen was kaput), and the internal HD replaced twice.

May 12, 2014

Backup, backup, backup.

FW Ken
May 12, 2014

At least the laptop got an anointing before it died.

May 12, 2014


Dale Matson
May 12, 2014

I don’t mean to sound cynical but The [adult] beverage was probably a “refill”, in which case it was a preventable ‘accident’.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
May 12, 2014

You may THINK, esteemed host, that this was an “accident” but my own theory is that is was orchestrated by 815 at her demand!

May 12, 2014

Yep…sounds like one too many “refreshing beverage” !
I hope you have some cloud coverage.

May 12, 2014

Hang on, keyboards are replaceable. OK, this was an old machine but parts can be had. A keyboard is nothing to fix.

Still, an upgrade is coming and maybe it’s a God enforced upgrade but, for future reference, a gunked keyboard can be replaced!

Oh, and check out the newer versions of Linux. Contrary to popular opinion Linux is NOT a do-it-yourself operating system where you assemble by a kit. Install something like Mint Linux (Go with KDE!) and you get a Windows like interface with software that works straight out of the box.

Saves a fortune and no activation required.

I believe in cheap computing and keeping old machines going.

Allen Lewis
May 12, 2014

Chris –
Sorry to hear about the demise of your old machine. Hope you are not down for too long!

May 13, 2014

Hey, while he is down, let’s kick him around a little. Nah, better not. He kicks back.

Daniel Muller
May 13, 2014


I was so excited to read that headline again. I thought that they had brought back those Episcopal letters to the editor! The ones that you read so we did not have to.

Welcome to the digital graveyard.

Bill (not IB) has keys to the place and he can post something here if he wants.

A guest host! How cool is that?

Install something like Mint Linux (Go with KDE!) and you get a Windows like interface with software that works straight out of the box.

When I got rid of Windows XP and it turned out that the Windows 7 installation was not going to work out on my Pentium 4 3.0 with 2G RAM, I installed Linux Mint as it had seemed to work fine from the DVD. Well, the Cinnamon desktop crashed on every bootup, so I went to a lighter desktop, but it has been much more of a struggle — and much more of a resource hog — than I had expected.

May 13, 2014

RIP, laptop! Bartender, another round in memoriam!

Paula Loughlin
May 13, 2014

Boo on the laptop taking a tumble. Yay on Bill(Not IB) picking up the reins and letting this pony gallop.

May 14, 2014

Don’t throw out the old one. Computer guys have mysterious ways, and drying out/cleaning a computer is possible. There’s also the mystic art of “putting the laptop in the refrigerator,” which actually can bring a computer back from the temporarily dead (usually that’s for overheating, though). And of course you can take the hard drive out of the laptop and put it into another laptop, or make it into an external hard drive.

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