Last week, my almost new (1 year old) laptop died a horrible and untimely death at the hands of Windows10. Why did I download Microsoft's version of the anti-Christ? Because I'm a trusting dumbass. Anywhoo, a week after the takeover, MS sends a message that it has Win10 updates. Are you fucking kidding me? I've had it for one fucking week and you're already updating it? So dumdum me downloads the updates. Somewhere during the download, our internet cut out, just for a second, not even really noticeable, but it screwed everything up. Oh noes! Microsoft has no idea how to back out of a botched download! The whole system crashed. Everything after March, my last backup, is lost. And the fun thing? $179 to restore to factory settings. Fuck that.
Now, the Angel household isn't entirely without computer. We have Teen Queen's computer, operative words being "Teen Queen's". When she's not on it, you can sneak a few minutes. Except spouse was home last week on vacation, so when she wasn't on it, he was. Doing his Craigslist thing.
"Hi, I'm R, I'm a Craigslist addict."
"Hi, R. Welcome."
So I knew what I had to do. I needed a new new laptop, already with Win10. I needed to go shopping. Because of the generosity of two readers who felt compelled to donate to the blog, even though I don't take donations, I picked out a little Dell, $199, $216 with tax. I'm looking at putting Linux on my other laptop. Always good to have a backup, yeah?
So that's my story; not as exciting as when wirecutter disappears for days, but for now, I'm back.