After the grossy-outness of Wednesday's burger wall I thought I'd decorate today's post with a some tastier items of dutch cuisine:
stroopwafels (which you can buy fresh at the EPIC farmers' market!!!) just there to the right, and in the pic below we're enjoying a plate (or two) of poffertjes in Amsterdam =) mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
I'm not sure whether I posted about it, but when I arrived home (two weeks ago!!!!!) I found my laptop somewhat under the weather.
Something is wrong with the screen - it is staying really dark, I can just barely make out the icons.
A little investigation, Veronica Mars style, suggested a problem with the backlight (the failure of which is apparently often simply due to the failure of one tiny little wire.) in the screen, which looked like it would be reasonably straightforward to repair.
And it would. If Dell made the parts available.
Turns out that the only way to fix the backlight, or its tiny wire, is to replace the entire LCD screen, to do which I was quoted $1500 to $1600!!!! (yes, that's what my entire laptop cost 2 years ago)
Faced with the options of a)having a break down, b) buying a new laptop and c) getting creative (Veronica Mars style! ;)), I picked the third option and gave the vendor a call.
Turned out that for a price (slightly more than the cost of the part but far less that the quote for replacement) I could buy a year of warranty, and someone would come and fix it for me.
I organised the warranty on Wednesday and right now there is a guy here performing emergency LCD screen transplant surgery in my loungeroom.
Here's hoping it works!!!
ps. it has to work - I got my invite to Ravelry today (thanks to Bells for her support through the emotional minutes where it hadn't arrived in my inbox and I thought it was never going to come and I would have to go back into the queue for thousands of years (well, a couple of weeks....) - thanks!!!!) and I'm picturing a weekend of exploring =)
pps. taa daa!!! One healthy post-op laptop =)