So this happened…

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A couple of weeks ago, my laptop slid backwards off the edge of the sofa and landed with a dull thwack on the hardwood floor.drawing of a broken computer screen

The resulting damage was a small crack in the screen on the bottom right. I took it to the local fix-it place, and they told me said screen could be replaced for a price that, while less than the cost of new machine, was still enough to make me cringe.

What followed was two weeks of anguish while I tried to decide the best course forward by:

A. possibly going ahead with the costly repair on a computer that is already four years old.
B. looking for the equivalent of a used machine via Craig’s list and local garage sales.
C. considering a refurbished computer that would replace my beloved, now broken laptop, thus consuming hours of time online reading technical specifications.
D. ordering a new computer to replace the old with the new.
E. skipping a decision altogether, by continuing to  hook my laptop up to my 42″ TV, which was working perfectly well, despite the fact that the initial crack had formed tributaries and was now consuming over half the surface of the screen.

I finally, but not without tears and aggravation at my clumsiness, selected “D” and ordered a new computer, upon which I now submit my entry for InktoberBroken. 

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15 responses »

  1. I just discovered Inktober — what a great idea! Your computer sketch is spot-on, and I liked the one with the kitty peeking out of the kitty tower. Keep it rocking!

  2. Oddly, I had a computer with a crack in the screen that fixed itself. If the actual surface plastic isn’t damage, there’s still hope. Sometimes, after a couple weeks the liquid crystal display actually heals.

  3. I think you made the smart choice. Hope the new machine gives you years of service. You are not alone with tech disasters that leave you feeling not so cool. Dropped my phone into a toilet then less than two months later got another one soaked, this after having a mobile since the 80’s and never lost one.

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