I spilled water onto my notebook computer Don't panic, learn what to do!

Wet Laptop Computer
Yesterday knocked an open bottle of water and managed to grab it before the whole thing spilled into my NEW VAIO notebook computer. But a good splash landed on parts of the keyboard anyway. The computer was running.

I grabbed a paper towel and tried to sop up some of the water very gently from the keys, powered down, unplugged the computer, turned it upside down to try to let the water drip out.

The I went to my desktop, the advice and read up on how to try to save the wet notebook, it’s actually very common sense. I’m writing this with my VAIO, and there seems to be no damage… I have touched wood! I used “spilled water on laptop” for a search term and got plenty of results. Here is the gist:

  1. If you spill something, let it be water,

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Is free really free? Or what is the price of free?

I┬ácame across some great examples of ‘free’ services that I would avoid like the plague. “Create free forms online“, “Schedule your appointments online“, and over 10 more of the same kind of ‘free online services’ are listed at the bottom of these pages. Why should you pass up a free service? Look at the site(s) more closely:

  1. Site Design: Seems slapped together without much professional care
  2. Contact Us: No real contact information, except an generic email address: info@…

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Print out those important contacts! Why paper still has its place...

Jack L. Warner's Address Book
We’ve had some (over 14) violent wind storms around here, a lot of damage, houses struck with by trees, trees uprooted, an ancient huge eagles’ nest lost when the tree it was resting on snapped. And, of course the power went out, again and again. I was reminded that my emergency contact information was stuck on my computer when I was asked to put a message on the College website that the College would be closed. I had no way to get it out. Oh, I have a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant), a Sony Clie,

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It’s wireless, why don’t I see the Internet? Or how does it all hang together?

Wireless city concept
You got a shiny wireless notebook computer, booted it up and tried to get on the Internet and nothing! It’s wireless, so why doesn’t it work?

Not like the movies, eh? In movies people open a notebook computer absolutely anywhere (in the middle of a desert even) and are online in seconds, lightning fast, you never see a wire of any sort… then they save the world with a few key strokes… As I said, that’s ‘in movies’!

[Edited: Much has changed since this post was published. Wireless services are a lot more wide-spread and sophisticated, and we are using many more devices to connect. But I am still explaining to the older generation of friends how the basic premise of wireless connection works. For that reason I’ll leave this post here.]

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