Lonely days are bad enough but come the night
So after an early morning wakeup -- they were shutting power down for maintenance for a few hours, so I had to shower early -- and waiting for them to open I went to the AppleCentre in Funan the IT Mall. They looked it over and agreed the laptop was broken, and advised me to go to the Service Centre, in Ang Mo Kio (roughly directly north halfway across the island, but nearby by MRT and a very short cab ride). The Service Centre had its entrance tucked away from the main roads, so my cab had to orbit it before finding one. (The taxi driver didn't charge the 50 cents for that last loop, showing the kind of folks you get around here.)
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I was able to get copies of the raw LaTeX files of my book, and of the pictures I wasn't certain I had backups of on an external hard drive or a CD-ROM, though, so while I'm certainly unable to make the book deadline for this week I'm not hopelessly lost. Obviously though I've lost some new material; letters to family, friends, that I can almost certainly ask to re-send. Boy, I hate this.
Trivia: Gemini IV was the first manned space launch broadcast live via satellite to another continent. Source: On The Shoulders of Titans: A History of Project Gemini, Barton C Hacker and James M Grimwood, NASA SP-4203.
Currently Reading: Skyscraper: The Search for an American Style, 1891-1941, Roger Shepherd.