by Tony Dayoub
I'd like to thank all of my readers for being patient as I went through this past month trying to keep my head above water without a computer. Why did it take me so long to replace it? Well just imagine everything that could go wrong actually going wrong. From an initial misdiagnosis of the problem that turned out to be much more serious, to trying to find the right laptop so this won't happen again, to having Fed Ex refuse to turn over the merchandise when someone didn't come to the door soon enough (this happening on a Friday, of course), it's been a disheartening ordeal. This, coupled with my Tribeca trip, has put me a bit behind on my obligations in terms of reviews, but hopefully I've made up for it by bringing you reviews of some noteworthy films on their opening dates or even earlier.
I'd also like to thank Jorge Cadenas, my go-to guy when it comes to computers, for taking the time out of his extremely busy schedule to help me every step of the way, suggesting what computer to get (a Lenovo T61p laptop), who to get it from (Alex Marquette at I.T. Xchange), setting it up for me, etc. Jorge is one in a million!
I'd also be remiss if I didn't thank my mother-in-law, Connie, for supplementing Jorge's efforts in suggesting the proper specs for the laptop. She earns her living doing working with less technically inclined folks like myself and their computer needs. If you're in Naples, Florida, and need help, call Connie Blum, your computer tutor.
And finally, a big thank you to my wife, Denise. Working long hours while 4 months pregnant is bad enough. But having to put up with her cranky husband through all of this merits some kind of acknowledgment. Thank you, and on to the reviews.