Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Not the lightbulb moment I'd like

At work, there's this dinosaur of a systems programmer, counting the seconds to her retirement. During any really energetic back-and-forth creative sessions, she'll more or less sit there absorbing, sometimes chiming in here and there, but generally having this blank skeptical look on her face.

Then, all of a sudden, her face and body language become all animated, and she'll generally stand up, and point her finger into the air to punctuate as she says "AH-HA! Lightbulb moment!" to indicate that she now understands what's going on.

I had my own lightbulb moment this weekend, but not quite the same.

10 days until WotLK.

My laptop monitor screen starts going blank intermittently. Phone call with HP tech support. T'would seem the stupid lightbulb is not working and the stupid LCD display won't illuminate anymore.

They say it'll take 7-8 business days for the warranty service to fix it.

Assuming that's right, 7-8 biz days would indicate its back in action 11/11 or 11/12.

Not holding my breath though. Have you ever had a computer repair service, that involves shipping equipment to the manufacturer and back, ever take even close to the estimated amount of time?


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