Laptop Woes

Sometimes you just can’t win. Soon I am going on a 12 day trip where I will need my laptop, and I have three to choose from:

  • The first one is an HP that has a power cord that started fraying at the connection. If I adjust it just so and don’t move, then I can get it to charge the battery and run the computer. Additionally, sometimes it overheats when I run a certain application (read: games) and just powers itself off hard.
  • The second one my wife used to use, but she dropped it out of her lap last summer and the headphone and microphone jacks got destroyed when the cords tugged on the unit. The power adapter is angled now as well, but at least it works.
  • The third one got its screen cracked, and I use it with an external monitor. Not good for trips, though.

I guess the best thing to do is go get a USB headphone with boom microphone that I can plug into the second one. Not the best solution (my wife has one and it is not very reliable), but short of getting another laptop, probably the right thing to do.

I don’t want to get a new laptop until one comes with wireless-N as part of the package. Hence, I wait and play old games like Diablo 2 when I am not working.

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