Tuesday, April 01, 2008

I'm Trying to Keep Up

It's tough to read blogs, and comment, and write posts, and respond to comments, plus perform required online research and write content for those clients who pay me when I have absolutely NO internet connection at home. I'm doing by best during my breaks at work, but that's just not good enough for me.

Thankfully, the technician for my security system, which is apparently interfering with my DSL signal, will be coming tomorrow to resolve the issue. At a charge of approximately many, many dollars that I can't believe I have to fork over for a situation that shouldn't have happened in the first place. (Why exactly didn't that installation tech ask me if I had DSL or warn me that the security system might interfere with my phone line and DSL signal?)

The appliance repair person will also be visiting to install new hinges on my oven door. Hopefully that will resolve the oven-not-holding-heat-well issue I've been having. I still think it's a seal issue and not a hinge issue, but what do I know?

And to top it all off, I think I might need to start looking for a new computer. My dear laptop is having overheating issues and shuts off randomly if it gets too hot. At least that's what I'm assuming is causing the random shut-offs. It's not all that old, either. Maybe I haven't been a very good tech-mommy. I've never "dusted" it and I do actually hold it on my lap much of the time, which I hear is not good for the temperature of its insides. Maybe I'll have to get one of those cooling pad thingies that I saw at Best Buy. Still, I'd like to just use this as an excuse to get a brand new top-of-the-line middle-of-the-road completely affordable model. We are getting those rebate checks soon, right?

5 comments:

Reluctant Housewife said...

Wow... so many issues. I hope they get sorted out.

You should get the fan in your laptop checked. I gather (from what I read when mine gave me a "fan error") that if the fan is not working properly it can cause the machine to shut down due to overheating. Apparently it's not that expensive or difficult to fix.

LA Blogger Gal said...

yikes, when it rains it pours, I guess. I can relate to the connectivity issues. Our something dies mulitple times throughout the day and I lose my connection. It's not the modem (we already upgraded) but it doesn't seem to be our Airport either, so who knows.

As for your laptop, you might want to look into the iLap. I bought one for my husband last year and his laptop fan almost never goes off now (when he uses it, that is).

http://www.raindesigninc.com/ilap.html

smtwngrl said...

reluctant - the fan seems to be running just fine...it never seems to shut off actually. i might just have to get it check out though since a new laptop isn't really on the list of things i REALLY need right now.

la - thanks for the iLap tip. i'll check it out. i'm sure it's cheaper than a new laptop, and even if it doesn't help with this one, it will help with the next one...when i finally have to break down and buy one, that is.

because i'm not going to get one until i really have to.

because it would be frivolous of me to buy a new laptop right now.

so i'm not going to even browse for one.

really.

i'm not.

Betsy said...

Ah, fiscal stimulus checks. Mine is going towards a camera. It SHOULD be going towards getting that giant walnut tree trimmed, but what fun is that?

smtwngrl said...

betsy - I was considering a new SLR digital, too, but it looks like the computer is going to be a more dire need. Mine should also be going toward one of the many renovation projects I have on my plate, or a new stove...

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