It’s Not All Mary Poppins

I May be Out of Commission…

For a few days. Or I might not. It all depends.

For some while, the battery on my laptop – never a powerful beast – has been slowly and steadily fading away. Gradually it has faded from fully charged, to 87%, then 73, then 64, the maximum charge dropping away inexorably. This didn’t particularly bother me; even at its most powerful, I got maybe two hours time on the battery. Mostly, this has been a very small, portable desktop.

However, this week the cable has become really persnickety. If the laptop is shifted by a couple of centimetres, the computer moves from AC to battery. Not good. So very Not Good. When your battery is 11 minutes from dead, you don’t want to be relying on it…

On Monday, I spoke with a nice young man in Texas, and a new battery and cable are presently making their way northward.

This morning, when the table was jostled by passing toddlers, we reached a new low: 2% battery. This translates, in present battery currency, to about 87 seconds of computer life should the cable decide to cut off life support.

I’m hoping that the transplant arrives before the patient dies…

May 10, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 6 Comments