I was having a great morning this morning. I had managed to catch up on some code that I was behind on for work (through no fault of my own, it’s a huge project) and everything was going well. Then, just after lunch, I went to grab my coffee cup and caught it with the side of my hand instead… in slow-mo style, not dissimilar to a replay from an action movie, the coffee cup tipped up and emptied its contents onto my laptop.
I’ll be honest, at the time I ran to the loo to grab a wad of tissue screaming “oh shit, oh shit, oh shit!”. However, it didn’t seem like a major thing because the cup had been virtually empty and the liquid didn’t seem to seep down anywhere… how bloody wrong could I be?
I didn’t use the laptop immediately after that because I went to do some work in the other room. It was a few hours later that I went back through and… hold on a minute! I’m pressing the keys “<?php” and all I’m getting is “<? h “. Not good — how the hell do you code PHP without the p key? Uh-oh, my backspace isn’t working.. 7, 3, tab.. what the crapper?!
So, here I am typing on an external USB keyboard that my Mum kindly made an emergency dash to PC World to buy for me. My laptop keyboard has been cleaned and cleaned again, still no joy. It’s even been blow-dryed and left next to a heater for about two hours. Still nothing. My laptop is sat a foot away looking very naked without its faded, beat-up keyboard sat on top.
I know I’ve said that I wanted to think about replacing my laptop some time this year, but I wasn’t thinking in the middle of a major project for work..
Update: Laptop keyboard still dead. As replacement VAIO keyboards are rarely cheap and I was thinking about buying a new one anyway, I’m shopping around. If you’ve got any laptop recommendations let me know. Ideally I’m looking for something with semi-decent graphics for playing games like RCT1/2 and Age of Empires. I would like something that is capable of higher screen resolutions (I currently work at 1400×1050) and with a minimum of 512Mb RAM. I do NOT want bloody Vista. I’m an AMD fangirl, so don’t even think of mentioning Intel unless you think the laptop is fan-frickin-tastic.
Update (7th Feb): All may not be lost. I finally found a compatible keyboard for less than the price of a new laptop, heh. After shipping it’s around £80 but it’d be worth it to get my laptop up and running again :)