Back in December I decided I wanted to get a tablet so I wouldn’t have to lug around my six-pound laptop around with me everywhere. Throughout fall term, my backpacked weighed an average of about twenty pounds every day, and I had to run across campus three to four times a day in these little ten minute breaks to get to my classes. When your backpack weighs almost a quarter of what you do and you need to run, you’re going to have some issues.
In mid-May, I broke my tablet. It seemed like I should have been surprised, but I wasn’t. When I was a sophomore in high school (2010-2011), I got this wonderful touchscreen laptop. It took me over a year to save up for and cost me nearly $1000, but it was worth every penny. And then, of course, near the end of the school year I broke it. I wiped it. I sent it in. I gave HP over $300. And then I got it back and had to start customizing it all over again. Thankfully, I haven’t had any problems with it since then (and I can still say that I had a touchscreen computer from before when they were popular. It may be a brick, but it’s my brick).
I had to do the same thing with my tablet, except it was a lot cheaper. I paid $350 for it initially. I broke it. I wiped it. I sent it in. I gave ASUS $131 (but shipping it cost me an additional $29.66, which is just stupid). I got it back. And now I’m back to working on customizing it all over again.
When I started this blog, I mentioned in passing this little app on my tablet that I loved called Snook! I missed playing with that app so much, and when I started reinstalling everything I couldn’t wait to play again.
Imagine my expression when I found out Microsoft shut the app down.
I nearly broke my tablet again. I didn’t because I didn’t want to have to pay another $160.66 to get it fixed again. But I almost did.
Instead, I put all of my anger into writing this letter to Microsoft:
As you can see I haven’t quite gotten the hang of that “self-censorship” thing. Ahem.
I was slightly less upset when I found the Facebook page for Snook! (I’m not on Facebook in any form, but at least I found the link) and learned that the creator of the app was hoping to fix the game up and get it back out there in a new format. I’m going to be a bit twitchier than I was until that time, but good for this guy for not giving up.
I have been busy in the last couple months – I had to write a special ADVENTURE research paper on the brick, I had twenty pounds of homework a day, and I had been in class and working from 9 to 6 every day on top of that, so school and other projects took up a lot of my time. While that means I haven’t had time to post anything, it also means that I have a lot of stories to tell. Some are pool-related. Some are book-related. Some are comic book-related. All are fun. Stay tuned!