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August 29, 2005 09:51 PM

You Get What You Pay For - In My Case, Not Much

Well, I knew it was too good to be true; a fully functional laptop computer for $244 USD. It worked perfectly for long enough for me to set up the software, plugins and bookmarks and get it humming just the way I like. It worked just long enough for me to get up off my arse and sell my other, bulkier, laptop. It even worked for long enough for me to start bragging about how great a bargain hunter I'd become.

Then it happened. I first noticed it with the "P" key; It wasn't as responsive as it could have been. The next morning it wouldn't work at all. 'No worries', I thought, 'maybe I'll just circumnavigate the globe without using the letter 'p'. It's probably never been done, I could be the first. Who really needs 'p' anyway?' It wasn't long after I'd decided that living without 'p' wouldn't be so bad when I noticed that 'o' and ';' were suffering the same fate. Long story short, the plague consumed my keyboard within 3 days.

It'll have to be replaced now. There's no way around it. I'm banking that this replacement keyboard does the trick. $40 USD with shipping, and once you figure labour to get it installed, I'll be lucky to escape for under $80. Still, with all things considered I haven't yet wasted my money on this laptop. It's still pretty cheap. I'll concede that I've wasted my money as soon as I drop my backpack in the first bit of water we encounter, or when it gets stolen at the first hostel we check into.