I bought some wireless earphones a few months ago. They were not expensive, nor were they cheap. Within a month, they stopped working. I did not drop the product once. I treated it carefully. More recently, a shaver head I purchased ceased to make the same energetic sound that went hand in hand with its once efficient effect. A small amount of moisture made its way into the device. The whirring sound that once signalled the health and vitality of the shaver head gave way to a soft, painful, and enervated whimper. No longer could it shave in a timely and effective way. None of these inconveniences compare with the disappointment of my laptop malfunctioning. One day, the light on the caps lock button kept flashing. Odd combinations started to appear when I pressed keys. Typing one letter often led to a different letter to the one I selected appearing alongside a random number. Pressing the d key would reveal something like g5. I turned to my tablet as an alternative. I am keen to complete an upcoming piece with a working title of ‘Faustian Arts As Told By Oswald Spengler’. My tablet is around a year old. I have not used it a lot. Noting happened when I swiped my fingers across its screen to unlock the device. The tablet did not even register my efforts. I tried again and again. And nothing. The screen did not tell me I had swiped incorrectly, let alone offer advice on what to do. It had frozen. As a result, I am writing much of this article on my phone. Such a writing experience is nowhere near as comfortable as using a laptop or tablet. While my devices are away for repair, I hope to borrow a laptop to complete the piece on Spengler and other works.