October 29, 2008: Purchase Asus EEE PC 901 model (with Windows XP, Intel Atom chip and a teeny, tiny flash memory drive). Computer was purchased in Singapore, and thus came with Singapore charger.

October 30, 2008: Promptly rename the computer the Weee PC. Start shopping for "W" stickers to put next to the EEE on the front.

January 2, 2009: Decide to go to Future Shop in Montreal to find a replacement to the unwieldly Singaporean charger, opting to swap out the plug for a two-prong one that fits into the Asus charging bar but doesn't 1) weigh 1kg and 2) only work in the UK, Ireland, HK, Singapore and Malaysia.

Feb 4-May 15, 2009: Charger works fine, though the charging bar gets disgustingly hot when it is juicing up the Weee PC. Stop leaving the computer to charge unattended for fear of fires and/or random lawsuits.

May 19, 2009: Rats climb onto my bed and chew through part of the charger, right near the plug. I electrocute myself twice trying to plug it in without wearing my glasses (and therefore not noticing the live freaking wires at the end of the cord). I splice the wires, duct tape them up and the charger is good as new....minus that strange smell when it is plugged in.

May 25, 2009: Charger stops working entirely. Upon closer inspection, I see rats got to the charger in TWO places: near the plug and near where the cord is plugged into the Asus power bar. I blame this on the initial rats (hopefully long gone due to the rat poison under my bed - take that, computer destroyers!) as I've protectively swathed my charging cords in layers of bags ever since.

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