I mentioned last month that I'd ordered a laptop computer from Dell's outlet site, right? Well, on the 18th, the package finally made its way to me. And it was the wrong one. I mean, it was the right size and shape, sure, it was an Inspiron Mini 12, but it was the wrong color (which I could have forgiven), it had a two-sizes-too-small hard drive (much less forgivable), and it came with... Vista (a crime against humanity). I can only guess that there was a mix-up at the outlet site and someone else's laptop went to me.
And oh, it was fun getting things straightened out with Dell's customer support. The first time I called, trying to get it replaced with the right model, I was transferred from one department to another -- I am not even exaggerating here -- at least eight times, in a desperate and futile attempt to find someone who knew what they were doing. But when I changed my tactics and attempted to get it returned for a refund instead, a later call finally proved successful.
The second time around I'd learned my lesson. I ordered a brand new custom-built laptop this time, and I took the opportunity to get a couple accessories that I'd need to buy anyway. (Ended up being $605, all told, versus the $507 of the outlet order.) And after weeks of waiting and checking the mail near-compulsively, my brand new laptop finally arrived yesterday! I've named her Casi, after an AI character from an old Protection storyline that'll probably never make it to the final product. (My desktop, in case I never mentioned before, is Arthur, also named from a character out of that storyline.) (And yes, before you ask, I ship them.)
So that's why I've been off the radar for the past few weeks. Getting the wrong laptop at first killed my enthusiasm for anything computer-related for a while, and then after that I was waiting for the right one to finally arrive. But now that I've got Casi, my enthusiasm is quickly returning. I mean, I composed this post during my breaks at work! (Can't reach any wireless in the break room, sadly, though there's wi-fi in a nearby Panera's and in the laundromat I frequent.) The long-term plan is to get back to writing, posting, drawing, coding, role-playing... The works. Not all at once, I'm sure, but the goal is set!
Right now, though, the more immediate plan is to take a quick nap, then head to class.