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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Hello from Australia

I have relocated with my husband to Yarrawonga, Australia. He is working on a project here for the next 18 months or so.  I could not bring my sewing machine so have brought some hand sewing projects along and have made some progress on them.  I have several english paper piecing  quilts in the progress.  That is one of the great things about paper piecing.  One project is a Flower garden and the other will be diamonds.  One may be a totally random hexagon quilt that may be used for bags and purses.
I have met with a quilting group here and gone on a shopping trip with them also.  They are a fun group and very welcoming.  There are a lot of fabric stores around, all individual shops, no chain stores.  Prices are a lot higher than you see in the states but everything here is more costly.  I still managed to find some fabric that I had to buy.  I found some Australian wild flower fabrics for a future project and some additional fabrics for the flower garden.  There is a shop here  in town also and I go in and haunt the place every so often.  There is also fabric to be had at the Opportunity shop (ie Thrift store) so now just need to get busy and sew.  It is winter here so it is a good excuse to stay in and do that. 


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Toshiba Protege Z835 has design flaw

I bought a laptop to take with me to Australia.  I had seen the new Protege solid state drive and was interested in its light weight and long battery life.  I have been using around the house and had been enjoying it.  The week before our flight I had been doing my final packing and was test driving it in a backpack, it fit great but later after I took it out and opened it I noticed a black line on the edge.  I checked with Best Buy and they said it was a crack on the screen.  When I talked to Toshiba they would not do a thing for me even it was not abuse on my part.  When I checked again to see why it had cracked under such slight pressure I noticed the indention for the keyboard is where the cracked happened.  It was the difference of elevation that left a gap that caused a pinch point on the screen.



 Other models have a support there or a flat edge.   I talked again to Toshiba and again they would not help at all.  This seems to be a faulty design but Toshiba has yet to agree.  I have filed a complaint and plan more but it has not been able to get past the tech support people at Toshiba.  I will keep trying but you are thinking of getting this computer, I would hesitant as the screen is fragile, doomed to break and Toshiba will not do a thing to help.  Their statement said that “Customer satisfaction is a priority” but they do not stand up to this.  As you can see by the pictures it continues to get worse during the trip here.  The fact that replacement screens are sold out and out of stock says this in not just my problem but till I can get enough people together that have had this problem Toshiba will not listen.  So spread the word and warn other about this problem and hope Toshiba will stand behind their product.  I now really regret this purchase.