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Rackafrackafrickafrack, Chapter 2

Well, I brought the Big PowerBook to the repair shop in Peterborough today, and a few hours later got a call back from the nice tech-geeks there. Seems the hard drive is going bad, ergo the inability to boot. It will need replacing, and will get it--with a 160-gig one, the biggest they can get for me. (I need all the uncorrupted space I can get in this corrupt old world.)

They'll also have to do a data retrieval, since I have about 140,000 words' worth of unfinished novel on that drive, as well as an aborted false start on a novella (which, frankly, can stay lost for all I care, as long as my big one's saved), plus dozens of short stories, poems, essays, and what-have-you. Gonna cost, kiddies, but it will come to a lot less than I thought; I was sure I wouldn't get away with under $7-800 in repairs. Turns out it will probably come to less than $300, counting the labor and the two layers of sales taxes.

No word yet on when it will be ready; they'll call me when it's done. I guesstimate a week to 15 days.

Big sigh. Big breath.

Now, if it had been the motherboard, I'd have been motherfucked.

I dodged a bullet this time, but all the same, I'm gonna be putting all my works-in-progress onto USB flash drives from now on.

Comments

Yea! You are alive!!!
I am thinking about getting the Dell Mini and installing a Hackingtosh OS 10 on it. Only $400 for everything!!!

Yes, I'm alive, and well...and having to pick this out on a tiny widdle 12-inch PowerBook instead of my big, bad baby. I even got a nasty (and stupid!) comment from your hate-mongering pal "chasqui", who has the strange idea that kings can be elected. Even carnival kings aren't so lucky! But hey, he sure made me feel welcome back on the Internets...

Hi Sabina...it sounds like you got a good deal. And USB flash drives are great. Just make sure you don't lose them... :)

That's too bad you get hate mail Bina. Your blog is awesome in all sorts of awesome ways.