I hope you all didn't think that last post was my swan song to blogging or anything. You know I can't quit you. Especially not now when I need your heeeelllllllp, Internet, I need heeeeeeeeeeeee (*breathes*) eeeeellllllllp!
Ahem. I mean, I need your advice, you tech-savvy, intelligent people of the Internet, you. So. Over the course of the last three and a half years, my laptop has been not-so-slowly falling apart, piece by cheapo piece. First, the sound card abruptly burnt out, which I was able to fix by purchasing an external sound card and plugging speakers into it. The ethernet port doesn't work, which, I figured, who cares, I'll just use wireless, right? Then last weekend my wireless suddenly stopped working. Rendering me...Internetless. (I'll hold for gasps of horror.) (If I hadn't recently invested in a smart phone I might actually have died.) Best Buy guy's diagnosis: the wireless card was fried, but I could stop-gap it by purchasing (yes) an external wireless adapter. So, now I have an external sound card plugged into one USB port and an external wireless adapter plugged into another USB port, and given that the last USB port (guess what) doesn't work, I am running out of USB ports. Also, given the chunkiness of both of these plug-ins, they won't fit side-by-side, and they also won't fit in the other port while the power cord is plugged in, and my computer only has about 45 minutes of juice once it's unplugged, which means I can have either sound and power, or Internet and sound, or...you get the idea. As I'm sure you can imagine, this is severely cramping my style.
Clearly, it is time for a new laptop. So my question for you, Internet, is what the hell kind of laptop should I get? Obviously, due to all of the above, I will never get another HP. I will also not get a Mac, because, you know, I am not made of money. What can I get in the six-ish hundred range that is well-built and reliable (and pretty) and will not crap out on me the second the warranty runs out?
Leave your helpful piece of advice in the comments and you could find yourself the winner of a lovely laptop-shaped paperweight! Don't delay, act today!