Fair warning, this is a rant. It has been edited for language.
I can’t take it anymore. Micah’s computer is a stupid Effing piece of crap. Thank God the economic stimulus is coming because it gives a clearer answer to what we’re going to do about it. We’re going to buy a new computer, maybe it’ll actually work.
Micah’s had this laptop for about 4 years and in that time it’s given him nothing but trouble.
No, trouble is too nice a word for it. Doesn’t convey the full meaning. This computer has taken him to hell and back.
As many of you know, Micah’s trying to write a dissertation. Trying being the operative word. I am shocked by what a piece of crap this computer is. If he tries to put in 4 hours of dissertation work, he spends 2 to 3 hours of that with the computer in “I’m sorry but I’m frozen and unresponsive even if you push the power button” mode.
It will take him until we’re on social security just to get the thing written.
Every once in a while this even reduces him to tears….maybe being depressive he’s prone to it, but I attribute it to extreme frustration and feeling completely blocked.
I can’t take it anymore. A computer is an asset in getting his PhD finished and becoming a full-time professor instead of a part-time professor/part-time student. He’s ABD, which means that all he’s got left is this dissertation.
I was looking around for a simple desktop computer (after all, he’ll mostly only need Word) and was trying to figure out how we’d pay for it. Maybe pare down the budget…hell I’d be willing to pay half and finance the rest just to have a computer that works (maybe this shows how desperate I’m feeling.
Then I remembered the economic stimulus. How about that, we’re going to stimulate the economy with it. Our tax return will still go towards debt and a little for the Roth IRA (except for $50-100 for a nice dinner). But the stimulus, which was going to be split between debt and Roth IRA will be going first to the computer. I expect there’ll be some left over for debt and the IRA anyway…I calculated that we should get $600 at the least (perhaps at the most).
Is buying a new computer the most responsible thing to do? Almost any way you spin it, I think yes. It’ll save his sanity. It’ll let him actually finish the dissertation. Therefore we will earn more faster because he will be eligible for higher paying-jobs sooner. And yes, we won’t spend our refund before it hatches.
OK, that’s enough rant. Now to comparison shop for a desktop that does what we want but doesn’t cost too much.
Any suggestions on good brands or places to buy or comparison shopping? Micah’s highly prejudiced against HP, since the evil one is HP. (His laptop is actually the one in this picture, I think. Anyone else have to deal with it?)