Monday, January 28, 2013

Panoramic Stole + Yet Another Tale of Laptop Woe

As promised, here are a few more photos of the Panoramic Stole - I'm loving it! It turned out even better than expected, and I still can't believe I knit the entire thing in less than a month. I am always amazed at how quickly I can finish large projects if I don't allow myself to get distracted by startitis...and I think I am starting to like this new approach to starting (or rather, not starting) projects.
On Friday night, I was all set to work when disaster struck - somehow I managed to spill tea all over my Macbook Pro. It immediately turned itself off and I snatched it off of the desk and turned it upside down hoping that some of the liquid would drain out. Then I cleaned up the lake of tea that had formed on the desk, inching closer to our other Macbook which shares the same desk, and began googling what to do about my crisis at hand.

Conventional wisdom and various friends who have been through the same experience told me that my initial reaction was correct, and the next step was to take it apart as much as possible (for a Macbook Pro, pretty much all I am comfortable doing is removing the back, so I'm hoping for the best) and submerging it in rice. Yep, you read that correctly - rice. I didn't have very much rice on hand, so I took what I had and gave the guts of the Pro a rice bed for the night. On Saturday, I went and bought several boxes of rice so that it could spend the rest of the weekend literally submerged in rice. Rice is indeed nice!

I am waiting as long as I possibly can before turning it back on. I probably could try it today, but would rather err on the side of caution and give it a few more days to dry out. Hopefully, nothing got fried in the process (I at least knew enough to ground myself when taking things apart). Worst case scenario, we have to buy a new motherboard, which we needed to do anyway because the USB ports went kaput. Perhaps the universe is nudging me along.

The silver lining: this time around, we have a functioning backup laptop, so life can continue more or less the same as always. Also, this is much more manageable than the time I smashed the laptop screen about a year ago (ironically, the laptop in question is the one I am using in lieu of the Macbook Pro) with the possibility of a DIY fix. Of course, if the motherboard has to be replaced, that'll surpass the screen replacement cost, but we'll just cross that bridge if we come to it. Finally, the Wensleydale fiber I ordered last week from Northbound Knitting arrived - what great timing! I didn't start spinning it yet, but I am very, very excited about it. So pretty!


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