It was a quiet Sunday afternoon, filled with anxiety.
I took apart a long used, hard traveled, aging but still useful mini-laptop and replaced its cooling fan.
For quite a while I have been unable to use this little box without a cooling pad, which is inconvenient and not as helpful as it could be.
There was nothing else to be done.
So, I found the part on e-bay, had it sent and.. today.. went to work!
And without a net, for the most part.
It was like Chinese puzzle box. I went very deliberately, checking myself along the way, so that I could reassemble properly.
I found had to lift up the mother-board to get at the anchor screws for the fan, which was a pain.
This little bugger slowed me down.
I spent a long time trying to get the little brown fastening clip back on.
In the end, success!
I turned on. It booted up. The screen worked.
The OS loaded. All the ports worked.
The key board and touchpad worked.
I could hear the fan.
So, I have revived for greater use a very small travel laptop, which could serve as a backup or auxiliary.
Meanwhile, to aid me in my resection, I finally lit two beeswax candles I was give a long time ago.
On some trip or other… not sure where… I was given two homemade beeswax candles.
The are curious affairs. They seem to be sheets of wax that were rolled around a wick.
They are odd, to be sure, but they smell grand.
They got a little crunched in my travels, but I straightened them out.
They lend that wonderful and unmistakable beeswax smell to the whole place.
I have some beeswax candles for the chapel, for Requiem Masses, but none for the house.
Whoever you are who gave these to me… thanks!
And now to extract a couple electronic components from the incredibly complicated stack of stuff, and do some rearranging.
This is always a harrowing adventure, since many of these things are daisy-chained together and hooked in to the Sabine network.
I have to pull a couple things out and then reorganize the whole mass of scary boxes.
You can’t believe the whole web of wires.
And then I write 1000 words for The Catholic Herald.
And then a workout and alien slaying with the XBOX.
And then some time in the chapel.
And then to bed.