All in the <head> – Ponderings and code by Drew McLellan –

The Waiting Game

This is painful. Having got used to the idea that my PowerBook wasn’t going to ship from manufacturing until next Monday, the order status page on Apple’s site tells a far more optimistic story. On Tuesday, the page indicated that my PowerBook had already shipped from the Netherlands that day. That’s less than 24 hours after placing the order – wow. Come Wednesday morning, the status had updated indicating that it had actually shipped from Taiwan and not the Nethlands after all. That’s some level of confusion – don’t they know where they make these things?

Of course, my hope is that it’ll make it to me by the weekend. Sod’s law says it’ll arrive afterwards, but we’ll see. I don’t know how long it takes to fly from Taiwan to UK (or if they even go direct), but the order status page now shows that my PowerBook departed from the terminal yesterday (Wednesday) evening. If it arrives in UK this afternoon or early evening, it should make it to a distribution centre tonight. As I’m only just outside London, it’s entirely possible that it might make it to me tomorrow morning. Finger crossed. Touch wood.

Update: It landed this afternoon (Thursday) in Luxembourg. A Friday delivery is looking less likely, but isn’t out of the window quite yet.
Update: It left Luxembourg 30 minutes later. Looking better.
Update: It’s not here yet (12.30 Friday) … chances looking slim.
Update: Well, at nearly 5pm on Friday, it’s still not here. Looks like I’m sans-PowerBook for the weekend. Ah well.
Update: I found my consignment on the TNT website – my PowerBook is still in Eindhoven, as of 1730 Friday.
Update: It’s in the country! Unfortunately, it’s in Northampton which is about 1.5 hours north of here. This means that presuming TNT flew it into Heathrow or Gatwick, it’s literally come past my house on a lorry already. Anyway, looking good for a Monday delivery.