This was probably not the best day to discover my SD card reader was malfunctioning. As photographers, we worry about cameras and lenses. The little widgets we use to connect one thing to another tend to get forgotten. Until they stop working. This computer, for unknown reason, doesn’t have an SD card slot. Even Garry’s cheapo Lenovo has one, but this expensive, high-end gaming computer has none.
I almost returned it because of that missing slot, especially since the advertising said it included an SD card slot. In the end, the idea of having to restart the whole decision-making process involved in buying a computer was overwhelming, so I kept this one. Except for its lack of ports, it’s a great computer. Mostly.
Meanwhile, I have at least a dozen SD card readers. They are small and inexpensive. Easy to lose. They don’t last forever and sometimes (like today) I am shocked to discover they aren’t working at all.
Some of the card readers I’ve bought won’t work from the get-go or are too big for any available surface. They dangle from cords, but a laptop has no place to put them. These widgets are hard or impossible to use with a laptop. Some don’t work particularly well and are too big and dangly — unless you’re using a desk. The thing is, most laptops are used on laps. I think that’s the point unless I’m missing something.
None of Garry’s pictures from yesterday or today showed up on the card. Yesterday, I thought it was me accidentally deleting them, but today when he came home and said he’d taken pictures — and when I looked, the card was blank — I realized the problem wasn’t me. It was either the camera or the card. I was really hoping it wasn’t the camera and fortunately, it was the card reader. So it was a $20 fix for a new card reader.
Kind of Shakespearian really. For want of a horseshoe nail, the kingdom was lost. Okay, not a kingdom. Just photographs, but you get the point, right?