Damaged More Than My Ego October 10, 2007Posted by gordonwatts in computers, life.
Walking out of the lab here in Marseille the other day I tripped. It was pretty embarrassing. Lots of people around. Further, when I tried to pull my foot under me to regain my balance, it got caught on one of those parking divider concrete things you see in large mall parking lots (yes, it was in the middle of the sidewalk). The result was I went sprawling. Knees and hands. Everyone around me asked if I was ok, but I was so stunned I answered in English instead of French.
Amazingly enough no skin was broken, and I didn’t even rip the knees on my jeans (which has happened before). However, after I got home I discovered that during the fall I’d split the seat of my pants wide open! Fortunately, I was sitting down most of the way on the bus and Metro…
But the really bad news came this morning when I opened up my portable to get work done. As you can see, the screen isn’t doing so well any longer. Over 2 years, and this thing has been through the wars – the outside is completely scratched up. I’m not sure how many times I’ve accidentally dropped it. And it has never even noticed. Indeed, even with this fractured screen coating, it is still quite usable (I just have to be careful when I write on the screen).