Thursday, January 10, 2008


Sorry it's been a while since I've posted. My computer has all the functionality of a warm dog turd, so posting to the blog is quite an ordeal.
When it was still under warranty, it developed this issue with the power supply. When you plug the AC adapter into the back, it only senses it when the cord is resting in certain positions. As a result, the screen flickers like a candle flame as it constantly switches between AC and battery power. Not only does this make me want to throw the computer out of a window on the top floor of a tall building, it also means that the computer only picks up on about 1 out of 3 keystrokes.
Never buy a Dell. The three-year service contract sounds really good, but when the service people play dumb (or blind, as my particular case demands) whenever you take the computer in to them, the warranty doesn't really mean anything. I took the damn computer in several times, and each time the service people claimed they "didn't see anything wrong with the display" or suggested that the problem might be with the power cord-- which was not under warranty, of course. So, I would go back home, plug in the new power adapter, and the screen would start flickering like crazy.
The only way I can use it even occasionally is to fiddle around with the plug in the back, find a sweet spot where the computer detects the AC power, then hold it absolutely still with my left hand while I peck on the keyboard with my right.
This does not exactly entice me to spend some quality time on Blogger.
So, I've been knitting and everything, I am on my third sample, and I am knitting some socks to relieve the tedium of the nonstop stockinette I am doing on the sample. I turned the heel at lunch today, which was nice because I forgot to bring my lunch -- I had lots of time.
I do miss coming on here, though. As soon as I get my tax refund, I'm getting a new computer, and as soon as I get a new computer, I'm updating everything, including the stashbust challenge and getting a photo gallery going of my FOs.
I won't even get started on how little use I've gotten out of my Ravelry invite.


Kristina B said...

Hey Natalie: good to see you're back posting!

What a drag about the Dell. I've heard this from other friends - never heard a good thing about them, frankly, only that they are to be avoided at all costs.

Think about getting a Mac (they are pricey but the desktop models have come down quite a bit - you can also usually get a good deal on a refurb).

Glad to hear that knitting progresses apace.

Have you not been getting use out of the Ravelry invite because of computer problems? For my part, I find it all a bit overwhelming and as a result don't spend a lot of time there. More time for knitting, which is good!



Knit and fall back in it said...

Yay! I had wondered what happened to you, feared that you may have taken a long walk on a short pier or something. Glad you are back. I haven't put much info into my Ravelry account either. I am a bit like Kristina in that it is sort of overwhelming. I have spent most of my time on there looking at patterns and projects that others have completed rather than entering my own projects. I hope that your computer problems are resolved soon.

schmom8889 said...

Howdy. We have a dell laptop, doesn't have those problems, but some of the keys stick which makes typing a dicey prospect. My daughter has a Gateway--no problems and my son has a Mac, very nice, except for the sibling jealousy "how come HE got a Mac?"

Paula said...

I had a Dell once and also had problems with it.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who is overwhelmed with Ravelry. I got stuck on dishcloths the first day and barely made it out of there. I have spent most of my time there browsing and not entering any of my own projects.

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