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Waiting for technology to finish its task or be repaired can be painful.

For the past few weeks my laptop had been making a loud whirring noise. I knew it was the fan and was not that worried, Last week it refused to turn off and rather than cooling down was getting hotter, so unplugging it and removing the battery was required. Silence at last. No sooner did I plug in again and that loud whirring was back.

We all hate change, so getting a new computer was not really an option, although my wife was encouraging me to get something lighter and prices continue to fall. But, I dropped the lap top off at a store nearby and paid my analysis fee.

Thursday they called to say it was the fan. I knew that so we were in agreement. Not many choices for obtaining the fan, but they hoped to get one by today and the good news was it was only $20.00 but there were no reviews for the seller.

Well we live in hope, hoping it arrives today, hoping it will do the job, hoping I can get my laptop back soon.

Maybe the universe is trying to tell me something, while my lap top is in the shop I was using my tablet. That too had been a little problematic with the screen freezing. Well guess what, it froze completely and on restarting it did nothing but break down and show nothing.

Maybe I need to return to pen and quill. Using my phone to make appointments and search the interent and the mls for clients over the weekend was not fun, but I managed. I can also stop in our office and use the desk top computers there too. 

But I am hoping my lap top comes back today. I really miss it. What would make your life difficult if you had to do without it?

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Comment balloon 15 commentsNick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • March 11 2019 03:35PM



It never ceases to amaze how much we depend on technology.  We had power outages and no Internet connection with the recent storms.  I think it is good for us to experience it.  Creative energy takes over, and we then use our hotspots...LOL A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 4 months ago

Nick , I had a problem with my Desktop and only use my laptop for 2 months, took it in and within 2 weeks they had ait fix but now my speakers do not work.


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 4 months ago

It is very frustrating when our technology that we rely so heavily on does not work well.  After a couple of forced upgrades for laptops, I am hoping that I learned my lesson for backing up and such.  I feel that I am prepared when I have to get my next laptop, but also hoping that it is not in the near future, haha.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 4 months ago

Hi Nick - we adapt when we "have to" it seems.  It's somewhat reassuring when the computer tech or the mechanic agrees with our assessment but the "hurry up and wait" aspect is more than a bit bothersome.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 4 months ago

Boy do I feel your pain! My laptop quit yesterday afternoon. Today I took it to see if it can be repaired - I should know in "a couple of days." If it can't be fixed, choosing a new one is something I don't look forward to. And should I just go ahead and do it - or wait and see?

Meanwhile... using my old desktop is clunky and getting at my email is a real trial.

BUT - I'm very thankful that I do have this old desktop!


Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) 4 months ago

Hi Nick.  It is for this reason that I currently have two desktop computers and one laptop that are all kept up to date.  It is well worth the expense and you can set them up to automatically synch to each other.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 4 months ago

Good morning Nick. We have become so dependent on our computers, I know I have. Good luck and if you get no satisfaction buy an Apple.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 4 months ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel yes we do have to become creative, although I always have a goood book on hand, in print.

Will Hamm we only have laptops now, got rid of the desck top computers a long time ago.

If anything else goes wrong then it will be a new computer Brian England 

Michael Jacobs it leaves us time to ponder instead of perusing the internet

Marte Cliff I have a desktop at work, but it does not sync with my laptop so no access to my photos for blogposts etc.


Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 4 months ago

Gabe Sanders we just have out laptops, and now my tablet has gone, but they don't sync together.

Sheila Anderson it works beautifully, got it back this morning and it is so quiet, but if anything goes wrong again I have been told to buy a new one by the boss.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 4 months ago

Hi Nick- we must have both walked under the same dark cloud. Our cable and internet went out Sunday but we did get it back yesterday. I did write yesterday's post using my iPad. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 4 months ago

Nick, my laptop wouldn't turn on last year and while it was only gone 2 days it was enough for me to buy another one to have as a backup. They both sync with each other. While I sometimes wish there was less technology, we use it so much in this business and truly rely on it. I hope your laptop is up and running very soon.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 4 months ago

What kind of laptop do you have, Nick? It sounds like exactly what happened to me (which caused me to go with a Mac!) - I got a virus, which spread to my phone so, I lost both simultaneously! It was a nightmare - my Dell was wiped totally clean - NO STORED DATA! 

I hope how soon you get yours up and running again but, for now, enjoy a good book...and a little 'no-tech-time!'

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 4 months ago

Kathy Streib my tablet gave up the ghost and I have never been good writing posts on it. Something electronic to let go of.

Amanda S. Davidson I was listening to a podcast about detoxing from social media and electronics, this was an interesting experieince. has me thinking about what i can let go of electronically.

Debe Maxwell, CRS I have an HP, and knew it was the fan, that is what it turned out to be, so quiet now, my tablet was a Samsung, and the screen on that just gave out and I am not going to repair it. Too many electronics.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 4 months ago

Nick, did the fan come in? Crossing my fingers for you!

Posted by Marney Kirk, Towson, Maryland Real Estate (Cummings & Co. Realtors) 3 months ago

Yes it did, and it is as good as new, actually much quieter than it has been for a long time Marney Kirk 

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 3 months ago

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