I had to replace the pen on my Surface Pro 4. I lost it. Don’t ask me where. Somewhere between here and the college, I suspect. I’m a boo-foo. $120 for a pen. Wow.
Then came the power supply. It packed it in somewhere in Manitoba. The only way to charge it was with the car charger. Luckily, the machine works on 12VDC, not some weird number like 18 volts or 21 like one of my old laptops. Why not make 12 volts a standards? Oh, wait, it already is. Then why not use that standard? I tried ordering a new one from a computer shop. No go. Online only – that is, if I didn’t want to pay double. Finally, long after returning from Manitoba, it came.
Then … the machine quit. Well, it didn’t really quit. The keyboard (Type Cover, they call it) stopped working. Several hours over several days chatting and talking with Microsoft later (once actually being transferred between and chatting with seven different people), they found out several things were physically damaged on it, making the type cover and USB useless.
So, the long and the short of it is, everything but the keyboard is actually replaced. <sigh> What a world we live in.
To combat the idea of disposable electronics and dwindling world resources, I made a cover out of jeans. I can see that I am winning the war against waste. Yay. … Yes, that was tongue-in-cheek.