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February 23, 2013 11:53 AM Apologies — technical difficulties

By Kathleen Geier

Readers, I apologize for the lack of posts this morning. My laptop power cord decided to conk out this morning and I wrote my first post (and am writing this) on my KindleFire. Then I went out and bought a new cord which is supposedly universal, but didn’t t work. I’m going out again in search of a new laptop. I love my KindleFire but I’m afraid it’s not very good for blogging — linking and cutting/pasting are way too cumbersome. Posting will resume as soon as I can buy — or failing that, beg, borrow, or steal — a new laptop.

Kathleen Geier is a writer and public policy researcher who lives in Chicago. She blogs at Inequality Matters. Find her on Twitter: @Kathy_Gee


  • c u n d gulag on February 23, 2013 12:14 PM:

    You go to blog-war with the laptop power cord you have, not the one you want.

  • cwolf on February 23, 2013 1:13 PM:

    There are hundreds of desktop PCs on craigslist.com for less than $100.
    Most of them have capable word processors and browsers.

  • zandru on February 23, 2013 1:51 PM:

    Honestly, we're moving to viewing computers as mere entertainment devices - and even dropping the "computer" designation. But it's not actually that surprising. Very few people have a need to produce documents, run spreadsheets, and next to none actually do any data analysis and display, nominally the reason that computers were invented.

    All that folks need and want these days is to poke or swipe at the screen to see pretty (or raunchy) videos, play games, thumb in a tweet or two, and wave the device to pay money or get an info sheet. You don't need a mouse and you don't need much of a keyboard.

    ...Until you do.

  • schtick on February 23, 2013 1:53 PM:

    It's the withdrawal that's bad.

  • earthworx on February 23, 2013 5:55 PM:

    Uhh, maybe you just need a new battery.

  • beb on February 23, 2013 6:00 PM:

    My wife love's her Kindle Fire and is amazed at how much it is capable of doing. It';s almost a tablet. But when her laptop was in the shop she discovered that a tablet is not a laptop, even a older netbook.

  • Mitch on February 23, 2013 6:48 PM:

    It's not the power cord. You broke the internal connector that your power adapter plugs into.

  • zandru on February 23, 2013 8:45 PM:

    Thank you, cwolf, for that brief commercial announcement.

  • monoceros4 on February 24, 2013 10:56 AM:

    My partner's convinced that the tablet will supplant the laptop; I actually rather hope not. I used to think they'd be cool but now I think that they combine the disadvantages of the smart phone with the disadvantages of the laptop and contribute little advantage of their own.

  • jakdedert on February 25, 2013 12:11 AM:

    Universal power supplies often aren't (universal). Many laptops communicate directly with the ps, and if they don't like what it's saying, they won't work. Borrow a ps from someone with a similar lappy. If it works, you've saved yourself the price of a new one. Just get the correct ps...eBay.

  • steverino on February 25, 2013 1:14 PM:

    I have a last-generation Kindle Fire that I won in a raffle. I dislike it-- if it weren't free I would be pretty upset with it. I use it for sitting in my La-Z-Boy and reading blogs, and I have a Gin Rummy game for it. It is just too big and heavy and uncomfortable to hold for anything else (and with the power button on the bottom, I flip the display so I don't inadvertantly shut it down when resting it on my belly). I could read it at a table in a stand, but then what's the point?

    OTOH, I love my B&W Kindle Paperwhite. It's the same height & width as the Fire, but thinner and lighter so I can hold it in one hand for reading. The touch-screen keyboard, while still not perfect (I traded in a keyboard-Kindle for this, because of the lighting) is better than the Fire; I use it for NYT crossword books.

    I am an ergonomic-keyboard touch-typist; I can live with a laptop, but for me desktops are the way to go, and my iPhone handles most duties on the road.

    Phooey on tablets (and Windows 8? )