Well, a less than triumphant return to the blogosphere!!
Last week, my laptop died. It just turned itself off… Then there was a burning smell and a hot feeling under the processor fan. With my oft-mentioned use of the “bed-desk”, it appeared dust had gathered and my fan had finally died, short-circuiting the entire thing. Frantically rushing to backup my dissertation research and other things, I took it to Encol on Queen’s Road – very good customer service – they had it fixed within 4 days. The lady described the inside of my computer as a “cowpat”, the dust had clogged the fan so the motor was spinning but as there was no movement it heated up then auto-shutdown… The good news is she’s given it an extra year or two of life apparently!
BUT – I was now rather behind on work and have only just caught up. (Slightly.)
So what has this got to do with History?
The reliance on technology for note taking, research, accessing online resources etc is crucial for any undergraduate. Whilst I still take notes on paper, my plans, bibliography and thoughts will all be jotted down on a Word document. And then you get to actually writing the thing.
Currently I’m finishing off a 2500 word essay on the later crusades, quite a difficult question asking me essentially to define what is and what isn’t a crusade. Then I’ve got a 3500 word Anglo-Saxon essay to do, but after my first assignment back I’m slightly less worried about that one!
But the key point is that all this takes time, and without a computer its hard to do. Yes, there are plenty of computers at Uni, in the library and some other places many people don’t know about (suggestions?), but nothing beats the feeling of sitting at home in your PJs with 21st century technology writing about how monks used to copy cow-hide manuscripts by hand by candlelight!
Moral of the story is: Get a laptop for Uni. Look after your laptop at Uni!