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Squirt bottle blues

February 16th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

I haven't blogged in quite a while. My 3 year old son LOVES to clean, and I let him have a squirt bottle of this Pledge stuff that is supposed to be safe for wood, glass, stainless steel, and electronics. So no worries about what he might be squirting, right? WRONG! Usually I keep an eye on him whenever he has the squirt bottle, but it got left out by mistake, and he drenched our computer when I wasn't looking, completely shorting it out and destroying it. I thought the hard drive could be salvaged, but I just plugged it in to an enclosure and wasn't able to access it.

Luckily the client I'm currently working for provided me with a laptop for that job, so my work hasn't been interrupted.

I called a few repair places, but it would be $100 just to diagnose, and $250-$300 to replace the motherboard, so we decided to just buy a new laptop instead. I'm going to take the hard drive to a repair shop to see if they can recover any of our files. I'm pretty good about backing pictures up to CD, but not very diligent about backing the other files up.

3 Responses to “Squirt bottle blues”

  1. swanson719 Says:

    Completely unrelated to your blog entry. I was reading your sidebar, and if you have $30K in checking/savings, why not use some of that to get rid of your $9K auto loan? I'd bet dollars to donuts that you're paying more interest on the $9K than your earning on the $30K. If you pay off the loan, then pay it back to your bank account at the same rate as you pay the loan, you'd save yourself the interest. Food for thought.

  2. zetta Says:

    Looks like I need to update my sidebar, some of the numbers are a bit off...

    The loan is at 1.9%, and only for 3 years. The total interest over the life of the loan is about $300. In absolute terms it would make more sense to pay it off, but psychologically I feel better keeping $15k in our short-term accounts and $15k emergency fund untouched.

  3. swanson719 Says:

    Yeah, I'd do the same thing then... That's a big short term account... makes me jealous...

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