I awoke this morning to the gut-wrenching experience of a moribund laptop. We had been close pals for a few years and suddenly I saw only a pallid face and a few tears (mine). Mrs. Ha was going onto the Island anyway so I packed my gear and hitched a life to the Apple Store. En route Mrs. Ha decided that it was imperative that we inspect the reopened supermarket in Tai Koo Shing. Now that was not on my agendum (one item) but I resolved myself to stiffen the sinews and straighten the spine and tackle it manfully. Why a supermarket evoked such curiosity I know not. I avoid them like the dreaded lurgi. I did however need some shower gel so we dutifully searched out the shelf we needed, which was, lo and behold, in exactly the same position it had been in 2 months ago. What a renovation! We then started a ‘discussion’ on what flavour shower gel I needed. I opted for plain vanilla but of course I lost and ended up with ‘active’ flavour. I think that is just wishful thinking on Mrs. Ha’s part.
A quick escape and we were soon in the Apple store in Causeway Bay. My soon to be bosom pal Nelson ran a series of tests and proclaimed that my logic board was dead and the laptop unstable. A repair would take 7 days and cost almost HK$5,000. Or I could buy a new one for HK$20,000. Mrs. Ha wanted new, I wanted patch up. Guess who won? She spends
my our money with such abandon.
So now Nelson (soon to be replaced by Louis) offers to migrate my data with a Thunderbirds are Go cable which might take anything from 3 hours to a week depending on how much data I was moving from laptop 1 to laptop 2. It took 2.5 hours although the status bar went over 12 hours at one point.
Mrs. Ha had beaten a tactical withdrawal to lunch.
Now came the most exciting moment (after paying). We booted it up to see how blazingly fast it was. Only it wasn’t. After 5 minutes my sooper-dooper new 15″ retina screen jobby coughed asthmatically and spat out an attempt at logging me on. We tried this three times.
Nelson returned. Still no go. Enter Jerry, the “Lead Genius”. And by golly so he was. Within 5 minutes he had worked out that all my external drives are WD and their drivers work fine on Mountain Lion but not Mavericks. So he updated the drivers and SHAZAM! Faster than a speeding thingummy the laptop did its stuff. We were all so enthralled at Jerry’s genius that we carried him shoulder high around the store with shouts of “huzzah!” and “Long Live Jerry”. Whatever happened to his friend Tom, I wonder. We then repeated the reboot 4 times just to maximise our fun and satisfaction.
And here I sit, tinkering, finding the odd gremlin but nothing serious. The retina screen is antiseptic in its clarity. I wonder whether it is like the old school swimming pool, full of chlorine.
The downside of course is that I am considerably poorer than I was when I woke up and I am going to have to work almost a full day to pay for it. And I have to use the active flavour shower gel. The best bit is that I have three new chums in Nelson, Louis and Jerry, geniuses all. Oh and a rather ritzy new toy too. What a day its been.