Whining about wine

The mist settles majestically over the Warwick University campus. The evening chill wraps the buildings in a shroud of cold, and the ducks quack rhythmically as I…

… dropkick their feathery asses back into the lake to stop them cluttering up the path.

I can’t BELIEVE I’ve just spilled a whole glass of wine over my laptop. Amazingly, it’s still working, but I’ve done this before and killed a laptop with it. The critical factor is when you press a key: that lets the exquisite fermented grape juice soak into the motherboard and give you a mother of a problem. So the thing to do is lay paper towels over the affected area, turn up the heating, and let every drop soak up. Which. Takes. Time. Which is why I’m stomping around campus kicking the asses of our avian friends.

(Wine is a conductor, so if the stuff dries on your ‘board you’re screwed.)

Fortunately, I risked a single touchpad swipe to back up all my stuff onto my 500GB NAS, so no data’s in danger. But with three assignments outstanding, this wasn’t exactly the night to pickle my laptop in Sauv Blanc…

(And before anyone sends one of those smartass emails: I have a spare laptop.)

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