Unfortunately, the blog will be sans photos for a while. The other night, I managed to spill coffee all over my desk, iBook, and walls. Now, the iBook’s keyboard has a number of severe faults.
Indeed, just being able to login to make a backup was quite a feat. Three keys did not work at all, and one key fired continuously on bootup but never after. Several other keys randomly insert other letters along with the right one, and the space and enter keys are non-functional. Thankfully, I had one account that could still be logged into, through a multi-step process akin to the logical games in those dreadful MENSA books.
In short, the computer is kaput for the time being. I need to decide whether to (a) shell out the dough for a replacement iBook keyboard (b) buy a cheaper external keyboard, stripping the machine of laptopness or (c) just wait a few more weeks and buy the replacement system I have been pondering. I would be much more likely to do the last if Apple hadn’t significantly worsened the screens on the 20″ iMacs.
[Update: 22 April 2008] Things are now even worse, since I forgot my cell phone charger in Toronto. I am now essentially unreachable when not at work, since my broken keyboard will not allow me to access my email.