Laptop Lost in Kentucky

Thinkpad
I finally received my new laptop today. It rocks! It’s a Thinkpad 42p with 1.8GHz Pentium M, 60G 7200RPM drive, builtin Wi-Fi, builtin keyboard light, a DVD writer, and the usual kick-ass IBM keyboard and solid build quality. I love it! It wasn’t cheap but I didn’t spend as much as I could of for a computer like this because the T42s are being replaced by the newer T43 models so the T42s are nicely discounted. The -p model Thinkpads are a special workstation variant with a hi-res (1600×1200) screen and special video adapters with more video ram (128MB). It even has a finger print reader to supplement or substitute for password security. That isn’t a feature I really cared about, but it certainly sounds cool. In addition, IBM invented the TrackPoint, that little eraserhead in the middle of the keyboard, and they implement it very well on all the Thinkpads. It’s shocking to me that people consider Trackpads an acceptable alternative. The Wi-Fi and keyboard light are notable IBM features. This laptop has better Wi-Fi reception than many laptops because IBM had the smart idea to locate the antannea along the top edge of the screen rather than buried under the keyboard. Also on the top edge of the screen is a small LED to illuminate the keyboard when it is very dark.

My only two unfulfilled desires with regard to features is builtin flash media slots and a Firewire port. I can get along fine without them, though. With regard to design I only wish the CD drive opened toward the front instead of the side. My messy desk leaves little room to the side, but plenty in front. (I can see how the placement on the side might be advantageous on an airplane, often there is more room to the side than in front.)

What’s this in the title about the laptop getting lost in Kentucky? I ordered the computer over three weeks ago with shipment estimated to be “within 2 weeks”. That did in fact happen, but when the shipment arrived in Kentucky from Hong Kong it was held for a random customs inspection. When I called about it I was told that the issue affected a large shipment of computers and Lenovo had to send someone in person to Kentucky to resolve the issue. (Lenovo is the Chinese company that now owns IBM’s desktop and laptop division. Though my laptop is boldy stamped with “IBM Thinkpad”, as of this summer it is technically a Lenovo product, not IBM.) If you view the rest of this entry you can seen the detailed and confusing tracking info I was faced with for over the week.

Package Progress:
Date/
Time
Location Activity
Oct 31, 2005

9:32 A.M.

YPSILANTI,
MI,
US

DELIVERY
7:41 A.M. YPSILANTI,
MI,
US
OUT FOR DELIVERY
6:05 A.M. YPSILANTI,
MI,
US
ARRIVAL SCAN
5:25 A.M. ROMULUS,
MI,
US
DEPARTURE SCAN
Oct 29, 2005

7:13 A.M.

ROMULUS,
MI,
US

OUT FOR DELIVERY
7:10 A.M. ROMULUS,
MI,
US
ARRIVAL SCAN
5:55 A.M. LOUISVILLE,
KY,
US
DEPARTURE SCAN
2:24 A.M. LOUISVILLE,
KY,
US
IMPORT SCAN
Oct 28, 2005

9:56 P.M.

LOUISVILLE,
KY,
US

A SPECIAL CUSTOMS DELAY IS REQUIRED FOR THIS LIVE ENTRY;BROKERAGE RELEASED SHIPMENT. SHIPMENT IS SUBMITTED TO CLEARING AGENCY FOR FURTHER CLEARANCE
10:23 A.M. LOUISVILLE,
KY,
US
BROKERAGE RELEASED SHIPMENT. SHIPMENT IS SUBMITTED TO CLEARING AGENCY FOR FURTHER CLEARANCE
10:23 A.M. LOUISVILLE,
KY,
US
A SPECIAL CUSTOMS DELAY IS REQUIRED FOR THIS LIVE ENTRY
12:54 A.M. LOUISVILLE,
KY,
US
A PROCESSING ERROR AT DESTINATION CAUSED THIS DELAY;THE PACKAGE WAS MISSORTED AT THE HUB. IT HAS BEEN REROUTED TO THE CORRECT DESTINATION SITE
12:44 A.M. LOUISVILLE,
KY,
US
IMPORT SCAN
Oct 27, 2005

1:09 A.M.

LOUISVILLE,
KY,
US

A PROCESSING ERROR AT DESTINATION CAUSED THIS DELAY;THE PACKAGE WAS MISSORTED AT THE HUB. IT HAS BEEN REROUTED TO THE CORRECT DESTINATION SITE
1:01 A.M. LOUISVILLE,
KY,
US
IMPORT SCAN
Oct 26, 2005

1:42 A.M.

LOUISVILLE,
KY,
US

A PROCESSING ERROR AT DESTINATION CAUSED THIS DELAY;THE PACKAGE WAS MISSORTED AT THE HUB. IT HAS BEEN REROUTED TO THE CORRECT DESTINATION SITE
1:23 A.M. LOUISVILLE,
KY,
US
IMPORT SCAN
Oct 25, 2005

1:47 A.M.

LOUISVILLE,
KY,
US

A PROCESSING ERROR AT DESTINATION CAUSED THIS DELAY;THE PACKAGE WAS MISSORTED AT THE HUB. IT HAS BEEN REROUTED TO THE CORRECT DESTINATION SITE
1:37 A.M. LOUISVILLE,
KY,
US
IMPORT SCAN
Oct 21, 2005

1:09 A.M.

LOUISVILLE,
KY,
US


A PROCESSING ERROR AT DESTINATION CAUSED THIS DELAY;THE PACKAGE WAS MISSORTED AT THE HUB. IT HAS BEEN REROUTED TO THE CORRECT DESTINATION SITE
12:57 A.M. LOUISVILLE,
KY,
US
IMPORT SCAN
Oct 20, 2005

2:05 A.M.

LOUISVILLE,
KY,
US

IMPORT SCAN
12:00 A.M. LOUISVILLE,
KY,
US
Oct 19, 2005

3:45 A.M.

LOUISVILLE,
KY,
US

A PROCESSING ERROR AT DESTINATION CAUSED THIS DELAY;THE PACKAGE WAS MISSORTED AT THE HUB. IT HAS BEEN REROUTED TO THE CORRECT DESTINATION SITE
3:29 A.M. LOUISVILLE,
KY,
US
IMPORT SCAN
Oct 18, 2005

11:39 P.M.

LOUISVILLE,
KY,
US
4:16 P.M. LOUISVILLE,
KY,
US
THE RECEIVER REQUESTS UPS TO HOLD THIS SHPT AND CONTACT THEM FOR SPECIFIC INFORMATION BEFORE CUSTOMS CLEARANCE
Oct 17, 2005

10:35 P.M.

KOWLOON BAY,
HK

PICKUP SCAN
3:08 A.M. HK BILLING INFORMATION RECEIVED

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