This is why you’re not getting a new laptop

We’ve had this discussion before. It’s rule #2 of getting into my good books, and you are apparently incapable of following it, so let me make this abundantly clear.

I’d be much more inclined to give you a nice new laptop if the last one I gave you hadn’t ended up looking like this:

You see, it’s really quite simple. If you don’t respect the equipment, I don’t respect you.

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

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8 responses to “This is why you’re not getting a new laptop”

  1. Sam says :

    How did he/she manage that?

    • AngryTechnician says :

      Basically, a LOT of rough handling. The Latitude D600s have an ‘eggshell’ metallic coating on the outer casing, but even so, you have to work hard to chip it. Not immediately apparent in the photo is the fact that the lid is also warped across the entire surface from dozens of pressure dents.

      • Dale says :

        Gee, it looks like it’s had a hard life. How old is it?

        And how long should a laptop last in the hands of a student?

        • AngryTechnician says :

          In my last school, we expected the netbooks we issued to the sixth form for their sole use to last at least the 2 years until they left.

          This, however, was a staff laptop. It was approaching three years old at the time of this photo.

      • Sam says :

        I’ve got a six year Packard Bell and its practically immaculate compared to that. They must of tied a bit string around it and dragged it through gravel, to get it looking like that.

    • Stewart Knight says :

      Thats a Dell D505, if I’m not much mistaken; often distributed as part of the Laptops for Teachers scheme.

      It’s so old, it’s no wonder it’s got into such a state, you should be glad it’s still working!

  2. brian irwinn says :

    Now you are getting back to your old self!

  3. Rob Butler says :

    How on earth does anyone make a laptop look like that? My Dell laptop with the same finish only had a couple of scratches and not huge chunks of paint missing.
    I assume that you provide a laptop case – in which case surely the person responsible for this machine has to be negligent?