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From The Road: Goodbye Old Friend

From The Road: Goodbye Old Friend

RIP LaCie (Image property of OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

I normally enjoy these mobile posts since they give me a reason to leave my office and do a little writing away from home. But unfortunately today’s post has a sombre mood to it. My LaCie CRT monitor has been acting up over the past week, and this is what I discovered with when I powered it up this morning. The display has collapsed to a thin horizontal line that’s almost as bright as the sun. Reading up on the problem it seems this issue isn’t uncommon, but it came at a particularly bad time since the monitor is dangerously close to being out of warranty.

So I’m writing this post from my local Purolator depot where I’m shipping the monitor back to LaCie for ‘analysis’. While I’m sure the problem is repairable, I have no idea what it’s going to cost me, or if LaCie is even willing to touch it if it’s actually out of warranty. And since this particular monitor was almost impossible to find 3 years ago (Trinitron tube) I’m pretty sure I don’t have a chance of finding a brand new replacement these days. So it seems I may finally be forced to upgrade to an LCD.