Unfortunately I have been absent from blogging for a while, mainly due to my laptop’s recent decision to refuse to boot up and make loud aggressive beeping sounds every time I turn it on. After having virtually no problems with my Macbook Pro for roughly three years, I don’t think I truly realised how dependent I am on one machine and how useless I feel when that one machine ceases to work.
It’s probably quite sad how much time I spend on my laptop – it’s as though the thing is surgically attached to me. When I’m not reading e-books for research or writing an essay in the library, I’m at home wasting time on Reddit or Facebook or watching catch up TV and films – all on my laptop. With more or less every academic document I’ve read/written (including an unfinished dissertation!) combined with my 34gb music library all stored on my laptop’s hard drive, I think you could understand how I felt like my life was over when my laptop broke.
But I am not alone in terms of my dependancy to a computer; ask any student how lost they would feel If one day their laptop decided to completely give up the ghost and they will provide you with a response similar to mine. Being an arts and humanities student puts extra emphasis on the importance of having a laptop complete with fully functioning programs. My Macbook is perfect for my creative work because without the use of programs like Garageband, Imovie and Adobe cloud programs, I wouldn’t be able to make jingles, adverts or podcasts for student radio shows – nor would I be able to make promotional videos or work on personal creative projects with considerable ease.
Luckily I have managed to restore my laptop to its former glory by ordering some new parts and have avoided losing all of my files on my hard drive. But the lesson of backing up all your files on to an external hard drive has well and truly been learnt. Any one thinking of starting university without a sturdy and reliable laptop and a backup external hard drive should certainly think twice; a friend of mine had beer spilt all over his laptop within his first week of studying at Bath University. Needless to say, it was pretty bleak, but I’d rather that than have my laptop break down just under a month away from dissertation submission!
So those of you who don’t take particularly good care of your computer and other devices, you have been warned! Life without them isn’t pretty.