A family member passes

My beloved laptop Mjolnir (the name of Thor’s hammer) has moved on to greener hotspots.  Please join me in a moment of silence in remembrance of this extraordinarily hard-working, loving and forgiving Dell Latitude C840, which gave me  4 wonderful years.  I’ll never forget you, Mjolnir.  Like your storied namesake, you flew true, smote my foes, and always returned to my gloved hand, burning hot…well…until you started flashing a blood-chilling "cannot find optical drive" error.  Now, you just reboot endlessly.

The most immediate consequence of this painful loss is that it’s harder for me blog, as I can only do the deed during stolen moments at work or when Shabana steps out of the room (her lightweight laptop’s keyboard is so small, though, that it’s positively claustrophic for my big hands).  So don’t be surprised I’m a blogger of few words for a while.  The cat’s got my tongue, and I don’t have the extra money to get it back at the moment (when I buy a laptop, I invest in a high-end model).

Need to find me a new laptop now, which is bad enough.  But replacing the gazillion programs I had installed on that puppy, courtesy of my buddies at Hafeez Center in Lahore, is going to be a real headache.  Perhaps, it’s time for another trip to Pakistan…

  • http://www.maryams.net/dervish Umm Yasmin

    Donning black hijab and bowing head in remembrance.
    The computer is dead, long live the computer!

  • http://abusinan.blogspot.com Abu Sinan

    Nice name for the computer. I used to wear a Thors Hammer around my neck, one that I picked up years ago in Sweden.

  • Svend White

    Thanks, Umm Yasin. He deserves nothing less.
    Cool pendant, Abu Sinan. WOuldn’t be surprised if you share it with skinheads and other “white power” boneheads–who are into Nordic and Viking iconography–but that’s not your (or Thor’s) fault.
    Considered naming it Gungnir, after Odin’s spear, but decided that was too Freudian.

  • http://vonaurum.wordpress.com/ vonaurum

    May his/her/it soul rest in peace.

  • http://koonj.wordpress.com Koonj

    And Svend’s being so good about it: he’s not even begging me to share my laptop. Just staring in pitiful silence at my VAIO.
    I’ll make sure and share my laptop with you–but keep in mind, this could mean major debt eh.

  • http://profile.typekey.com/Shahed/ Shahed

    Now’s the time to make the switch! Go Macintosh! (At least you can now boot into Windows if you don’t like the MacOS)