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Laptop Woes

2021-01-04 18:03:47.919132+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

Ugh. So it feels like a year, but my email log says that my little personal laptop went off to Asus about half a year ago. It bounced between repair centers, I've authorized about 3 different repair charges, all of which have expired. Today they sent me a "well, we can't find the parts to repair this, would you be interested in one of these alternates?" (without pricing on those alternates...)

I really miss having a Linux laptop. There's a lot of stuff that "just works" on Linux that's klunky on a Mac. And my not-that-old work Macbook Pro needs to go into the shop for battery service when work logistics can allow me a replacement while we do that.

On the other hand, I'm not square dance calling right now, and and I'm not traveling anywhere, so I don't *need* a non-work computer, I just need to sort my email situation so I'm not continuing to use the GMail web interface...

And, of course, the new Apple M1 computers are blowing minds with performance, even though they don't really have enough RAM to be all that generally usable, and it'll be a while before Linux is available on them. And computers only get faster the longer you wait...

Anyway, this little whine brought to you by unexpected possibilities to make different choices. I should probably set up a mail client on something and carry on

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#Comment Re: Laptop Woes made: 2021-01-04 19:29:10.394869+00 by: Bunny

Off topic, but is this a new format for our viewing pleasure? There was a list of recent comments along the right-hand side, now there isn't. It was a good way to keep up with running commentaries on various posts. Is it only I who can no longer see that list? Was it intentional? Did I miss an explanation somewhere?

#Comment Re: Laptop Woes made: 2021-01-05 00:37:09.040288+00 by: markd

I've got the good old flutterby sidebar on the front page.

#Comment Re: Laptop Woes made: 2021-01-05 07:28:00.731247+00 by: Bunny

Huh. Turns out that, for reasons known only to God and MacBook Pro, my page size changed, so now the numbers beside the listings are cut off, outside the grey column. There's a bar at the bottom that I can slide over to re-expose the numbers, which were otherwise hidden. I have no clue what happened, and neither does Sean. Didn't do that to his display. As I'm fond of saying, cyberspace is great until it isn't. Anyway, those are MY laptop woes. Now back to our regular program.

#Comment Re: Laptop Woes made: 2021-01-05 21:30:57.371922+00 by: Dan Lyke

Ugh. I should probably learn enough about modern CSS to do a look that works better on mobile devices and gets the layout better. There are times when I just want to go back to table tags.

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