Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Heat is On


I am having trouble with my MacBook. It made a horrible clacking noise last week, so I backed everything up, shut it down and took it to the Apple Store, where the Genius Bar dude listened and fiddled and finally diagnosed a clogged fan. He blew some compressed air in the vents, dislodged a wad of cat hair (shocking, I know...) and sent me home, sans noisy fan.

Well, it looks like my MacBook is actually sans working fan altogether. It heats up after less than a half hour, hot enough to be felt through a pillow. So... I'm going back to the Genius Bar and hoping it's something that can be fixed quickly and easily or I'm gonna be sans MacBook for at least a week. I can write on my Neo Alphasmart, but I won't have my WIP to refer to while I'm writing . Maybe this will be good for my productivity... maybe not. We shall see.

So. Since my beloved MacBook is heating up even as I type this, what do YOU do when your computer poops out temporarily? Pen and pad? Tape-recorder? Inquiring minds want to know!

6 comments:

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I feel your pain!

My laptop died and it took a whole month to get another one (Dell sent me one that didn't work--it had to go back and took forever to get it replaced.) In the meantime, I wrote on the children's desktop (painfully slow), and on paper.

Elizabeth
Mystery Writing is Murder

Dana Fredsti said...

Oh, Elizabeth, a month? That is NOT fun! I wish I'd kept my IBM selectric about now, though...

Mark Troy said...

I spend more time with my buddies Jack Daniels, Johnny Walker and Captain Morgan.

Dana Fredsti said...

HAH!! Mark, would you introduce me to your pals, please?

F. M. Meredith, author said...

My computer got choked by cat hair too. I also have a back-up mini computer.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

I write long hand anyway with the original work so it means I have to do lots more of it. And I will be really good about saving stuff for awhile and the memory of the latest computer disaster fades and get sloppy and then it happens and I lose stuff again....