This morning about 10:00 a.m. I got my laptop back. Total cost was $99.25. This moderate amount covered the following:
- RAM memory upgrade from 4GB to 8GB. Doubled the RAM memory of the machine.
- Thorough cleaning of the laptop inside and outside. It is now sparkling like a gem. It looks almost new. I’m thrilled.
- Machine was diagnosed and found to be in excellent conditions. It received a Clean Bill of Health.
- A broken hinge could not be fixed. Sony has discontinued manufacturing computers, so there are no spare parts available. I was expecting this. On very rare occasions do I take my laptop out of my home office. This will continue to be the case in the future. I use it only as a central processor unit (CPU). Monitor, mouse and keyboard are handled independently of the laptop. Wireless connectivity is used to communicate with the laptop. Works just fine.
- Windows 7 Home Edition was replaced with Windows 10. After July 29, 2016, Microsoft would not allow you to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. I have 30 days to play around with the new upgrade. If I don’t like it, there is an option of returning back to Windows 7. So far it looks great. Caveat! Considering that it is a new software, there are several features that I can not use, because I don’t know where they are. Have to study the program. This is normal in any new application, specially if they are as large and complex as a computer operation system.
My laptop is a Sony Vaio, Model SVE14A15FLB, Serial No.54365811-0000791. Purchased on July 7, 2012 for $899.97. I received a flawed computer; a sour lemon from Sony’s factory in Japan.. Fought seller and two autorized Sony agents to get it fixed for about a year. At the end of the day, the problem was a defective hard disk drive.
Lost the case, and had to pay $90.55 to have it repaired on October 29, 2013. Guarantees are weak in this country where the consumer has almost no rights. This is true to this very day.
Today I will start s savings project to purchase a back-up computer. It is embarrasing to stop blogging because of a damaged computer. If possible, my goal is to purchase an Apple iMac which can be had in Panama for about $1,200.00. This means the project will be completed in about a year or so. Fingers crossed.
Okay. Now you guys know that I’m back in the blogging and photography business again. Before I close the post, I would like to insert a photograph, just to keep the ritual of a daily blog post. Thank you very much for your patience.
This is a photograph of a dawn in Panama City. Time: 6:15 a.m. My first impression was that of a cloud trying to hold back the light emanating from the sun. The clear blue sky above the cloud is very interesting. Never seen anything like this before. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.