Yesterday I was returning from a conference in
Good news! While I was in
Big Mac “Big and Tasty” and my colleagues. When I got back to my waiting burger, however, I flipped my tablet open and pressed the power button. Nothing. Not a light, not a chirp … nothing. I flipped it over and detached the battery, hoping that it wasn’t seated properly or something. Sure enough, the battery was brand new, manufactured in January of 2006 in fact! I reseated the battery and tried again. Nothing. Then I went to look for an outlet. The countries in the Balkans tend to not put outlets anywhere convenient, but at last I found one and plugged it in. Again, nothing.
I had been vaguely suspicious about the “battery problem” because I’m pretty sure every laptop I’ve owned, every Thinkpad at least, would run fine on AC without the battery installed. At any rate, I dejectedly headed back across the street to the service center and revisited my new friend. Again we called the tech in the field and gave him the bad news. He said that unit had been powered on and charging fine the day before. He said he had hoped the battery was the culprit, but had ordered a new motherboard the same day he ordered the battery, it just hadn’t arrived yet.
As with many of my experiences in the Balkans, I have mixed feelings. I’m very grateful there is an authorized IBM service center in
As we say here in Kosovo, “shka me ba” in other words, “what can you do.”