for being a very generous fatbat and giving me a sizeable donation that not only covers the replacement power supply I'm looking at ordering, but almost completely covers the shipping, as well!
Yep. That's why I haven't been around much lately. I've had IM access on my phone, but it's a real pain typing with a touchscreen. I love Android, but I can't imagine using a 3.4" touchscreen device with no keyboard fulltime. Since Friday, I have had to, and it sucks.
On Friday, my computer just went poof. I briefly smelled what I suspect was smoke. (I would've noticed if there had been a fire, by now, so don't worry, everything's safe.) I think it was the power supply that blew; my logic for this is that the box doesn't even so much as grunt if I hook up the power plug and touch the power button. Also, this power supply did this once before and then was mysteriously all better after being turned off for a week, so I don't trust it. I think it might not have the wattage to keep up, so I should probably replace it with a bigger one.
This presents me with a problem, since I don't have a lot of money right now to spare on hardware. I was not too pleased about this. (And right now, specifically, I have additional bills that I have to worry about.)
I'm considering offering little goodies, kickstarter-style, in return for donations. Would anyone be willing to help me out for that? I'm thinking things like first-draft access to pieces before they get posted (by at least 24 hours), unnamed little cameos (for small donations), and named, involved cameos (for bigger ones). I'd offer notes access, but that's spoilerrific. I could assemble a little package for TNC fans of some of the stuff behind the scenes, because there's a lot of research that's been done so far (and much more needed), just kind of linking to resources and showing people some of the background material that doesn't make it to the actual page. I don't normally like doing this because writing is such a subjective thing and I don't want to piss people off (plus, it takes a good amount of time), but in this instance, not having my computer has been basically an unmitigated disaster in almost every way. For one thing, I'm trying to find work, and guess where my most recent copy of my resume is? (I have backups, but not in a format that my phone will read. :P )
As far as I know, no data has been lost, so nobody panic that OMG my stories and notes are gone. Even if the hard drive mysteriously caught fire, I have offsite backups--I'm not crazy. However, without a working computer, it's pretty hard to access them.
I don't need a terribly huge amount, but I do have a dental bill to pay (emergency tooth extraction for an infected abcess, whee -- came out Wednesday, and finally today I can swallow without feeling discomfort or pain) and so on, so anything'll help. I've got to double-check on the type of power supply that my machine needs before I can pick a replacement, but I'm expecting roughly in the $70-$120 range.
If you have any questions, the easiest thing to do is to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org since I receive e-mail a whole lot easier than PMs, and Inkbunny's interface does not play nicely with such a small screen. (Don't get me wrong, Starling--it's just not designed for a mobile browser.) If you have me on IM, you can message me there instead, but be aware that I may not be awake or available, so I can't guarantee I'll respond right away.
Edit: This has nothing to do with the compy, but it happened around the same time. A long while back, when I actually had money to spare and so on, one of the things I allowed myself as a treat was an iPod Touch (first generation, but it was sweet at the time). And I considered getting an iPhone, as well (before Apple did certain things and before Android came out). So I subscribed to MobileMe, since it wasn't too expensive for what it provided and it had some useful features. Fast-forward to now: I don't use my iPod Touch very much, but it's still around and powered. The battery is, predictably, not holding a charge anywhere near like it used to, so that kind of limits its use, and it's long been abandoned by Apple, so I don't get any of the cool new stuff. However, MobileMe has kept on going, and it renewed on me a week ago. Despite the fact that the credit card I had on file had expired--yet another hit to my munny that I don't need.
Well, I logged into my MobileMe account and hit the unsubscribe button, just to see what would happen. It warned me that it was going to nuke all my stuff, blah blah, that's of course fine, I don't use it... and then it said that it'd automatically refund the cost to my credit card! Well, that's convenient, Apple. I almost feel a little bad for cancelling. Almost. Still something I don't use and can't afford right now, but that was a nice little gesture. And if I ever do somehow get saddled with an iPhone in the future, I'll probably be able to make practical use out of MobileMe. So, one thing went right.