Wednesday, August 24, 2011

One Brilliant Flash

My computer has an issue. Well, to be accurate, my monitor is the problem. It's losing the color red on me every so often. Funny thing, the emachine hunk of junk I've been using since Mom died has had just about every original accessory replaced. The original monitor croaked two days past the 90 day warranty period back in 2006. Had it not been for the Envision monitor from my first computer, my history as a blogger would have lasted all of 60 days. Might have been a good thing, come to think about that.

The next thing to leave me up the creek was the keyboard. That lasted a year. Actually died in the midst of a St Paddy's Day frenzy of appropriate comment graphic delivery to all 100 plus bloggers I was following. It was replaced, within an hour, with a Logitech board that I've been banging away on for 5 years now. Then the mouse died last year. Again, Logitech to the rescue. The Envision monitor was an IBM product, it's now been in use for the better part of 17 years. They just don't make things like they used to.

For some reason, the color red seems to be the important one. Everything becomes a sick color of green, or blue, or black without it. Even the color yellow In my frustration, I did a Fonzie on it and that will restore the color...for awhile. It goes, I give it a tap on the side and it comes back. One of these times, I'm going to give it that tap and the whole display might leave me.

I'm considering a new computer. The problem is that things aren't financially great with Hubby's business, so I've been looking at the possibility of buying a laptop instead of a desktop. The ever popular Walmart has a Toshiba on sale right now for $278. Of course, I'd have to not pay the auto insurance in order to run right out and buy it. Since I need my car in order to make a living, that's not an option.

If I drop a hundred or so on a new monitor, who can say the tower won't go kaput? Decisions, decisions. About the only one I've been able to make is to wait until I actually have to do something before I decide what to do. Which, of course, means I may be absent from online activities for awhile. I don't know that for sure, but, the way life goes, you never know.


  1. This bad boy is on the last legs too. The new one will come once I get moved back to Evansville. I will buy another Dell.


  2. Sherry:

    A possible reason your monitor is losing the color red might be because you are such a dyed-in-the-blue Democrat. :^)

  3. The cheap laptops are great -better than putting money into an old system. I do understand a tight budget - i'm on one.
    the Ol'Buzzard

  4. Sarge,

    I scored a replacement used monitor from a friend. Free, no less. Gives me some time to decide what I want to do.

  5. Whit,

    So, that means that if I were a Republican, I'd lose the blue color. Hmmmm, good thing I scored a free used monitor. Saves me from having to change my political affiliation. As IF! :)

  6. Buzzard,

    I have good friends. One of them found a free replacement monitor for me. Gives me time to get a little more money set aside for a slightly better laptop.