Last week, without warning, my laptop mutinied against me. A dark grey band appeared on the screen, almost dead center, obscuring anything beneath it, and forcing me to adjust any open windows back and forth, to be able to read what’s there.
A quick poll of my Innernetz friends narrowed down the problem to either a faulty LCD panel or video card gone rogue. Neither is a quick or cheap fix.
I thought maybe a timeout was warranted, so I left the curmudgeon home while I road-tripped to Tennessee for the weekend. While away, I dusted off my daughter’s old high school laptop, a 2003 generation MacBook. As much as it tried, the old girl had a difficult time keeping up, and spent most of the weekend in sleep mode.
The time apart was not put to good use. Once home I opened my offending laptop, the same ugly band was still there. There had been no introspective contemplation, no reconsideration and no change of attitude.
My next step may be an exorcism, cuz I know there won’t be a new silver Apple in my stocking this Christmas.