Dear Reader, I made it home from my father’s funeral late Monday night.  I was supposed to go back to work today, but I fell ill while traveling home and am home sick today.  It’s a severe cold.  I have a headache, sore throat, and I’ve been coughing a lot.  I hope I feel well enough to go back to work tomorrow.  I was fine when I left America, but I started getting sick on the trans-Pacific flight to Japan, where I caught a connecting flight to Korea.  I went to the store to buy some cold medicine and some new vitamins.  After getting sick while on my way to a funeral, I decided that I need to take better care of myself. 
As you may have heard, Dell Computer is recalling faulty Sony laptop batteries.  I checked to see if the Dell laptop I recently purchased uses one of the faulty batteries.  Although my model was one of the ones with faulty batteries, I had upgraded to a longer-life eight-cell Cadmium battery.  As a result, I don’t need to replace it.  What a relief!  Like many others, we’ve had difficulties with Dell customer service, and I wasn’t looking forward to relying on Dell to replace the battery.  I try to use Dell as little as possible now.  I thought it interesting that the faulty Sony batteries are made in Japan, a place typical known for the highest quality.  Where was my battery made?  Korea.  That’s right–Korean-made Dell laptop batteries are safer than Japanese-made laptop batteries.  That’s a little fact that I’m sure will make the Koreans happy.  Thanks, Korea!  When I upgrade our old television to a new one, I’ll definitely have to think about buying Korean.

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his family. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at or contact him by e-mail at or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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  1. Wade's Gravatar Wade
    August 24, 2006    

    Laptops… I probably would shy away from Dell, and go with Toshiba as my first choice…  Dell Desktops though, I have had wonderful luck with, have had many Dell desktops over the years and never problem with them.  I have never had to deal with Dell Customer Support, but I think a lot of people’s customer support in the computer industry is less than satisfactory, which is sad.

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