Friday, May 28, 2010

Technologically Challenged

My power adaptor just died.  I have a very old, very well-loved first-gen macbook (which is now a Linux Hackbook).  It would be relatively easy to replace the power adaptor here in Brazil, however, I would pay a 500% markup, which would make the power adaptor more expensive than the current resale value of the computer.

So if anybody in Canada wants to do me a huuuuge favour (looking at you Parents/Jordan.  PS I Love You),  I would really appreciate if somebody could step into an electronics store (Bestbuy, Carbon Computers, the Mac Store, and almost everywhere else stock them) and buy a 60 W MagSafe Power Supply, and send it to my office.  The new versions are backwards compatible, and should set you back ~$80.  The old versions are available cheap cheap on eBay but won't ship to Brazil.

Not having a computer sucks.

Edit:  Thankyou thankyou thankyou, my love.  So my boyfriend is awesome, and getting me a new power adaptor and sending it in a care package to Brazil. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3


  1. i kinda have a silly question, but, as my Brazilian co-worker at GBC Toronto informs me, kidnappings are a regular happening there. Is it so? And, how do you feel/handle it?

  2. Uhm, I'm not sure what to answer here. Kidnappings in Brazil are "a regular occurence" in that every few months/years a local celebrity or socialite's kid is snatched up and held up for ransom, and it comes out in the news. I suppose that people are occasionally kidnapped as part of a failed hold-up or robbery.

    Brazil is without a doubt more dangerous than Canada. I am careful to never walk around alone in deserted or dark areas. I only carry a minimum of cash on me, and I am careful about how I carry my purse. I never leave my belongings unnatended, and I make sure somebody always knows where I am. I don't show off any of my fancy electronics. That being said, I can't say I've ever really worried about being kidnapped. I'm scared of being mugged, raped or hit by a car, but I don't think it's terribly likely that I'll be kidnapped.