I had a very interesting experience over the last few days. I had a computer problem I couldn’t fix. Since I started working in the computer world back in college, I haven’t encountered a problem I couldn’t fix. Part of this is because I learned enough to get myself out of trouble. Mostly I was just really careful. I am not a computer guru, but I can work on desktops pretty well, a little on laptops and I can fix software issues. This has kept me from having to rely on assistance until now.
On Thanksgiving I was merrily typing away. I got up to go do something, and came back about a half an hour later to an inoperable computer. I’ll spare the details, let’s just say it wouldn’t stay on. Rather odd. May have been a bad power adaptor, maybe it was overheating, I don’t know. Friday I braved the crowds and picked up a new power supply. This worked for one day, then Saturday my laptop was back to being inoperable. I pretty much had a heart attack. I’m a writer, that’s what I do with my time. Without a computer I am mostly screwed. Now, I have a 1930’s or 40’s typewriter that works, but it is hard to write without a spell checker when your spelling is as awesome (heavy sarcasm) as mine is. Still, that’s sort of an option. Some people say, well, write by hand for a while. Sigh… I wish I could. Wrist injury keeps me from writing much by hand, also prevents long hours at a real typewriter. Doom I say.
So, In a panic I found a cheap netbook, yay for black Friday sales. Unfortunately I had to order it. So, I’m still without a computer until at least Wednesday. Good thing is, I can temporarily share with my boyfriend. Bad thing is, that can’t be a permanent solution based on how much time we both have to spend at our computers. I was stuck, I had to buy a computer of some sort. I also have a friend who is a computer guru who is going to try and fix my sister’s laptop for me. I think that problem is going to be easier to fix than my poor deceased laptop’s problem. Then I’ll have a laptop and a netbook. Yay for backups. Boo for time crunches.
That started me thinking on how dependent on technology I am. I am addicted to writing. I admit it. I’ll go a day or two without working on a novel or story but not usually more than that. My dependence on a keyboard is frustrating. I don’t like being dependent on things. Of course I’m totally addicted to my smart phone and having the internet and email always with me. I could do without the phone part of my smart phone though. I like talking to people, but I’ve been without phone before and it’s kinda nice. High speed internet at home is a must. Those are my tech addictions. What sorts of technology are you addicted too?