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Broken laptops...

Here's a tip. Always keep tabs on your power adapters. Particularly, be careful not to confuse your laptop adapter with your printer adapter. If you mix those two up.... well, the printer won't have enough power to switch on. And the laptop... well, it will go up in a puff of smoke. Such is the case of this black plastic door stop, formerly a HP Pavilion N3210.

Here is my old doorstop...HP Pavilion

Laptops have mercury and other heavy metals within, thus making it unsuitable for general dumping. However, all my sources told me that I would have to pay to dispose of it. So I didn't. Until today. Office Depot and HP are offering to recycle old computer equipment for free. So I took them up on it.

Toshiba Satellite

This is the laptop I currently use... it's the Toshiba Satellite 1805. That hole is where a plastic hinge cover should be... it was missing when it was donated to me. I suppose I can get duct tape to cover it up. I'm satisfied with it, though I need a working battery for it. (Whatever is wrong with this battery, it can't seem to keep the laptop running for more than 15 minutes. The battery is probably old. Hopefully, when I get a new battery this will solve the battery life issue. Unfortunately, financial circumstances have conspired against me, so I won't likely see a new battery until September. But that is a story for another day.)