The laptop situation is such that I have to take apart the Apple MacBook Pro that I have been using down to the last screw, remove the mother board, flip it over, and then blast one chip on it with heat to get the solder welds to fill the cracks that have apparently developed. I have even seen YouTube videos on this being achieved by putting the motherboard into the oven and cooking it for a few minutes - Apple motherboard pie anyone? Then, once I have done all of this and I if I am able to put the right grease on the motherboard and put the entire laptop guts back together, I should have a machine that I can use for another 5 years, or until the solder gives out again. Is it worth the heartache to even try this method, or should I just get a new laptop? Well, the geek-o-philes I know will be disappointed to know that I have decided to take the path of least resistance, and just get a new laptop.
This leads to a rather sad meditation on the idea of a consumerist society in which we are all disposing of machinery that could otherwise be fixed and be useful to someone, however I need a sense of security. I need to know that I am not wasting my time or throwing good money after bad, and this is well worth my the time and money it will take to find a new laptop.
In the mean time, I am reading a book by the noted author of archaeological history C. W. Ceram on the history of archaeology in the North America and have just read a book on Charles Darwin. Both of these books will give me fuel for thought on the subject of archaeology and by the time I have a new laptop I am sure to have much more to say on the subject.