So on Tuesday I had just set off from home to go to Banardos…and I decided to grab a couple of newspapers and a couple of drinks from the co-op store t the end of the road…just as I had plopped ‘em on the counter to make my purchases, my mobile phone started to vibrate and chime up my choice of ringtone to notify me of phone call.
Now, my mobile phone is a temperamental little thing…and has a tendency to cut off phone calls before I have a chance to answer them…such was the case this time…it went straight to “missed call” by the timer I had it properly in my hand.
So I looked at the missed call page to see the number…but it came up “unknown number”…typical.
So I bought my papers and my drinks and then proceeded to sit down at the bus stop nd wait for the next bus into town, when my phone chimed up again, this time with the ringtone for telling me I’d received a message…so I got my inbox open…and saw who it was from.
It was from the PC World Knowhow experts…they had tried to ring me to discuss the cost of my laptop’s repair, and I was to ring them back and use the reference number, 50777, to hear what’s what.
I think they assigned me that selfsame reference number the last time I had to send my baby off for them to fix the backlight a few years ago.
So I decided to use the peace and quiet of the Banardos staff room to make the phone call.
After waiting about 15 minutes with some classical music playing, occasionally interrupted by the message of “all our operators are busy, please be patient” or words to that effect, a lady operator answered me.
She informed me that the engineers found that the local computer fixery was right, it was indeed the motherboard…( or the “main board” as they called it )…that needed replacing.
They also noticed the broken USB ports and the nonfunctioning mic and headphone jack sockets…plus one other thing…I think she said they found something up with the mousepad…
…now I was expecting the motherboard alone to set me back two or three hundred quid…
…but in actual fact, all three repairs together cost a grand total of just seventy-eight pounds.
That’s not too bad at all. I humbly accepted the cost and gave ‘em my bank card details.
They then said the thing should be ready to pick up in my local PC World store in 4 to 5 days, and they’d let me know when it was due to arrive.
Later that day another phone call from them told me it would be due in on Saturday the 2nd of November.
So Saturday rolled around and I promptly retrieved my precious laptop.
It’s working just fine. It’s just as I left it…doesn’t look like I lost any data in the repair after all. Lovely jubberly.
So yeah…£60 for the dignostic and repair, £60 for the data recovery. – £130,
Plus 50 quid for the external hard drive. – £180,
Plus 78 quid for the actual repairs – £258 total
Aye, not too bad at all…definitely sets me back a couple of months in my plans for a new computer, though.
I need to take a look into the external hard drive I bought for the data recovery service and see if it’s all there…kinda hard to believe that this little silver mobile-phone-sized thing would have 500 gig of space to play with.
So it turns out my gut feeling about hearing something on Tuesday was right after all…it just didn’t specify WHICH Tuesday!
I’ve decided I’d had enough of Battlefield 3…I didn’t get to acquire those last 3 achievements…shame, really, woulda been nice to get the BF3 platinum trophy under my belt…but with BF4 now out, everybody’s gonna be on that.
….yeah, that’s literally how it happened with me…
Almost immediately after I got Battlefield 3 hoping for some fun times, the announcements for Battlefield 4 chimed up.
So I moved on to the game that I’ve been meaning to play for ages but never got around to because of one thing or another, StarHawk!
I must admit…it wasn’t quite what I expected…the friend who recommended it said it was about exploring planets and building bases on those planets and then defending those bases from enimies…so I expected a lot of the game to happen in space, where you rocket from planet to planet until you find a good one to set up your crib on, and then go from there.
Instead, you get drop-podded onto surfaces of planets or asteroids or spaceships or whatever. No space exploration whatsoever…just set maps.
As for the base building, I thought you’d be able to customize each building that you get to select from…but nope…you just get the same building designs to call down as everyone else.
The offline campaign was fairly straightforward…up until the last part of the penultimate level…waves of over a dozen enemies equipped with jetpacks and flamethrowers endlessly spawning…soon as I killed a bunch, they just respawned right back…I just couldn’t beat ‘em.
Then I found a glitch where they didn’t spawn so long as I flew around in my mech, what transforms into a space jet, away from the area until the lazer turret cut through the armor of the warship to expose the weak spot for me to torpedo.
I then just blasted my way through to the final boss and beat that without too much trouble.
So now I’m making my presence known in the multiplayer…though I often get blasted by hardened pros…I have got a few good kills in though…and it’s kinda a fun game when I can avoid or out-shoot the enemy enough to actually be of some help to my team.
This last week saw the arrival and departure of Autumnwatch…they decided to make it just 4 days long this time! Dammit, that’s just not long enough! I want more Autumnwatch! Especially when they’re monitoring foxes in Bristol!
Well they said they’d give us updates in Winterwatch and next year’s Springwatch, so there’s something to look forward to I guess.
Just yesterday I realized last week’s weight check was quite a leap in weight gain from the week before…I’m kinda wondering if I’d made a mistake somehow…
Ah, no matter, it’s time for this week’s…
16 stone 1, 102.5 kg, 225.9 lb
A drop from last week, but still a net gain from my starting weight of around 99 kg
I told that Second Life friend who’s trying to help me lose weight that I was gaining weight and she said two simple words; “excercise more”
She then went on to describe two simple-to-do exercises for me to try. I tried them…and I guess they worked.
So I guess excercise really is the answer…now if I can just stop being lazy about it maybe I’ll get somewhere.
Well, I think that’s about all I have to talk about this week.
So, until next week…
Ciao for now,
Cordially, The Blue Fox Thom.