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Life on a stick

Its been a while I last blogged, its about time i did.

So much has happened these past few months, I got a Laptop (finally), I've been to England then went to Cyprus for three months. One week before leaving Cyprus my laptop broke down (Its the last time I buy an HP). I went back to England then finally arrived back in SA.

Its now been almost 2 weeks since I sent my laptop to be "repaired" by Incredible Connection with their "Only Windows works" mentality. Even though I told the tech that it was freezing in both Ubuntu and Vista and on several occasions it would freeze before booting the hard drive.

After all that I had told him he insisted that the laptop was designed for Windows and that I should reinstall Vista. I decided to humor him since my laptop decided it wanted to work again. The next day (Friday) I did the reinstall while I wished it would freeze up, it didn't, I decided I would move my laptop but as soon as I unplugged the power cable it jammed again and returned to its non working state.

I took it back on Saturday and guess what It was working again except this time I remembered it froze when I unplugged the power cable, so logic dictates the same should happen when you plug the cable in, and it worked. It froze and refused to boot, I just hope that who ever has got my laptop at HP have picked up on this.

After all that I decided to get a Sandisk U3 flash drive, for those that don't know the the U3 drives are designed to programs off the flash drive instead of your PC, I got rid of the proprietary software and replaced it with PortableApps I've now got almost all the applications I use daily running off the drive. So in a sense my life is on a stick at least until i get my laptop back.

Just to round things off I'm typing this on a Macbook, I must say its alot nicer to use then it looks and the new iMac just looks amazing. Although I still think they are overpriced weather I will actually get one remains to be seen.

Bryan's picture

Thanks for the heads up on

Thanks for the heads up on PortableApps, it's great they are offering this suite for free.

And on a down note sorry to hear of your broken laptop woes. According to their database of 20,000 repair records, Notefix have cited Toshiba, Sony, and HP as the Top 3 brands needing repair.

What model of Hewlett Packard notebook is it? A Pavilion or a a Presario?

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HP Laptop Issues

A friend of mine had an HP Laptop (not sure on the model) and also had a power related issue, EXCEPT in his case, the laptop actually started smoking and melting where you plugged the power cord into it.  Could have started a fire.  I've seen a lot of computers fail, but never have I actually seen one MELT DOWN.  Like that.  He replaced it, and obviously didn't get an HP this time around.  He got a MAC.

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