Thursday, June 3, 2010

Thought I'd Lost the Ole Gal

Being a tight-fisted cheapskate frugal man, I am still using a laptop purchased (used, manager's floor model) four years or five ago, running an old O/S. Yesterday, the AC adapter melted down on me, necessitating a trip to Radio Shack so I wouldn't have an elaborate paperweight on my hands. Well, they did not carry an adapter for a computer as old as mine, but I was able to locate a mom-and-pop store near my house, and get the proper adapter. I loathe planned obsolescence (and the multiplicity of adapters for each and every electronic gizmo) with the heat of an overheating AC adapter.

On the other hand, I love mom-and-pop stores, and will patronize this little computer store in preference to to big box retailers. The only bittersweet note in my shopping experience is that this computer store had relocated from another site, and now occupies the building which used to house my favorite Thai grocery store.

4 comments:

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

I know what you mean. I recently upgraded my laptop (goodbye Flat Stanley, hello Lunchtray) and between the old and the less old (still not a new box, thankew eBay) they had gone to a great magnetic cord attachment which works wonderfully, but instantly invalidated the three power adaptors I kept in various locations for working in those various locations.

If that makes sense. Sometimes I can't tell anymore.

Otherwise, I am my own computer maintenance shop.

Von said...

I love those little stores. They always have good quality stuff, and great help. I know of a couple here.
I worry about my laptop. The old grey mare, she ain't what she used to be.....

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I think I can get the winetop working again if I just take the memory cards out and put them back in.

But this is pretty tricky with the Dell D630. So I'll probably take it to one of the repair shops that all close at 6pm, long before I ever get out of work, someday.

P.S. I wonder if you saw this, BBBB.
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Substance McGravitas said...

I gladly throw my money away on stores near me with nice people I can talk to.