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On the advice of some of my friends, I'd been using an external keyboard since having broken several keycaps on my laptop. Although it did the trick, it wasn't an ideal situation, and I was seriously contemplating sending the laptop off for repair when, in my search for a reputable repair service online, the notion to make it a DIY-job took hold of me. After all, why pay p&p, insurance, material and labour costs and be without my laptop for a minimum of 3, possibly 4 days when one can just have the part sent and be done in 5 minutes? I mean, it was just a keyboard replacement job; how hard could it be?

So I sent off an e-mail to this computer repair webshop, asking exactly that question. And received a reply saying, basically, a child could do it. Take a small blade, feel along the top of the keyboard for the clips holding it in place, wriggle it loose, carefully take it out, and then slot in the new keyboard. Easy peasy. I didn't need to be told twice. I ordered the keyboard, and it arrived yesterday. This morning, I replaced it. It was almost exactly as the technician had said in his e-mail, only he'd forgotten to mention what to do with the cable belt; but there was really only one option if you thought about it and...as you can judge from the fact that I can still post a message to LJ, the operation was a complete success! I am now officially a keyboard repairing genius!

I also received the news yesterday that they will be delivering the chair I bought 10 weeks ago some time between 3 and 5pm today. I do hope they'll stick to that exact time frame as I will need to be in Utrecht by 7pm.

Last night, my niece and I went to the cinema to see Puss in Boots. Pure escapism, but a jolly good film to end the cinematic year with.

Also, I've left it a bit late and with money being kind of tight at the moment, I'm half decided not to send any Christmas cards this year. Please don't think badly of me -- I may not send seasonal greetings, but I will be thinking of each and every one of you and wishing you the very best in 2012!

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jonesiexxx
Dec. 15th, 2011 02:25 pm (UTC)
Hey genius! Way to go.

btw, I stopped sending cards years ago. I have waste issues, and finally couldn't bear to buy something that would afford one moment's pleasure, then go in the recycling bin. That's me. Not judging anyone else. (Okay. Totally judging EVERYONE else, but aware that that's not cool. :D)
gamiila
Dec. 15th, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
The recycling bin? Is that where they're supposed to go? That's good to know: I've been hoarding (Christmas) cards that have been sent to me for years and honestly didn't know what to do with them!
vegmb
Jan. 25th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
I have a few that I keep every year and take out occasionally to look at because the bring a warm fuzzy feeling whenever I do. I think sending them is another dying tradition.
enigmaticblues
Dec. 15th, 2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
Go you and your mad repair skills!

I totally understand why you wouldn't send cards this year. *hugs*
gamiila
Dec. 15th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
Replacing a keyboard: such a small feat, but I'm immensely proud of myself for having accomplished it!
__kali__
Dec. 18th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
Think you can fix my work keyboard, the 'E' key's finally given up the ghost, not given blu tack is working now (and that's my go-to for repairing stuff)
gamiila
Dec. 19th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
My initial idea was to get some blu tack, too; but then I tried glue and made a mess. After that, I had no choice but to try and replace the keyboard, which as I said, wasn't half as difficult as I thought it was going to be. In fact, it was quite simple; you just have to be very careful.
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