Laptop Drive

last call

If you haven't contributed to TalkLeft in a while, and can spare a few dollars, I'm hoping you will do so now so I can get this new Macbook. All amounts are welcome and appreciated.

If you'd rather donate anonymously, please use Amazon here.

If anyone would like to buy it for me, I've put it on my Amazon Wishlist.

Thanks, everyone.

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    Nice Pun (none / 0) (#1)
    by squeaky on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 02:03:44 PM EST
    Intended or not. I took a double take....

    Not to be snarky, but.... (none / 0) (#3)
    by Key on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 02:26:53 PM EST
    Didn't you make a plea about 1 1/2 - 2 years ago for money to buy yourself a new laptop?

    Might I suggest you get an extended warranty with the purchase of your next laptop?  Generally extended warranties are a bad idea from a cost/value perspective, but not with laptops.

    More than a decade ago I bought a $3000 NEC Versa Ultralite laptop.  Loved it.  Paid $400 extra for a 3 year warranty.  After 2 years, I started to have problems.  NEC tried fixing it 3 or 4 times and then ended up giving me a new one.  And I should note that the new one was NOT a new one of the same old model, but a new CURRENT model laptop, which was selling for about $2500 at the time.

    From a cost/value point of view, that $400 warranty ended up being worth $2500.

    When I later bought a Dell, I again got the extended warranty (and am I glad I did - that piece of crap needed a lot of repair work over time).

    I now use an HP, which I absolutely love and have had no problems with.  And yes, I did get the extended warranty.

    Ummm (none / 0) (#4)
    by squeaky on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 02:38:05 PM EST
    From Apple Blues:

    I'm primarily a PC user. But when I got the Powerbook three years ago....

    In general the lifetime expectancy is three years. The very recommended Apple extended warrantee lasts three years.

    I have an older laptop and desktop but I am a bit of a Mac geek, so I can take them apart and repair when necessary.

    If I were Jeralyn I would do as she is doing and get a new laptop and either sell the old or use it as an extra laptop.

    Also there are computer insurance policies that are equal or better than AppleCare. Some cover droping the thing or spilling liquid on it.

    But I always like the applecare phone service for problems or trouble shooting. It was a great way to learn about the machine.


    Yes, I've had several (none / 0) (#6)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 03:07:51 PM EST
    laptops since I started blogging. Two years is about as much as I get out of them. I work them very hard.

    Individual TalkLeft readers (in 2003 and 2005) bought two of them through Amazon links I provided.  I bought a new one in November '06 and the Powerbook a few years ago without bothering to mention it on TalkLeft.

    Additional snarky comments on this topic will be deleted.

    No one has to contribute. TalkLeft is a free site. For those who stop by regularly and appreciate the time and attention I devote to it, (and the cost of maintaining it), your donations are appreciated.


    I'll do it when I can afford it if... (none / 0) (#5)
    by kovie on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 02:56:30 PM EST
    ...you promise to regularly back up your data in the future, onto whatever device and method works best for you (e.g. DVD-RW, USB drive, external HD, online, a networked desktop, etc.). Your data and work are too valuable to trust to mechanical devices that will invariably fail over time.

    And now you know the hard way... ;-)

    Please don't even think about it (none / 0) (#7)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 03:14:50 PM EST
    if you don't have a few spare dollars lying around.   My request is directed only to those who can afford it and feel like giving.

    Well then, consider my free advice (none / 0) (#8)
    by kovie on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 03:30:07 PM EST
    (which I've also learned the hard way) to be my "contribution" for the day! :-)

    Good luck with getting your data back and the new laptop!


    well I did the math (none / 0) (#9)
    by msobel on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 08:43:15 PM EST
    and I contributed enough for one key.  Please inscribe the ? key with my email address (joke from one who remembers each window and pew at shul having  a name plate on it.)

    I figure about 80 keys and about 2K total

    incidentally, staples has the 120GB passport external usb drive on sale for about $90.  very small portable and good for backups

    Thanks so much (none / 0) (#10)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 09:10:29 PM EST
    your contribution is very appreciated. And I'll save the key for you.

    Does Colorado have a Staples?