Saturday, February 19, 2005
Laptop, glorious laptop
A couple of weeks ago my laptop stopped working. It just wouldn't turn on. I called the nice people at Sony, and after talking me through the same trouble-shooting steps that are posted to their Web site ("yes, I'm sure that holding the power switch down for 15 seconds doesn't make a difference"), they told me I'd need to send it in for service. The next day a box arrived, and a few days after that, I shipped it off.
Sony estimated that it would be returned to me after 10 business days, so I resigned myself to 2 weeks of using my husband's (clunky, noisy, frustrating) computer. (Sorry honey.) And then, only 2 business days later: there it was, waiting for me when I got into my office one day. Oh happy day!
I bought my laptop last fall and it was love at first type. Sorry, that was corny - but seriously, as someone who has an aversion to all things electronic, it has been thrilling to have a machine that fits so seamlessly into my life. It doesn't dominate my living room like our TV, DVD player, TiVo, and stereo components (dear Lord - between these items and all the books and DVDs we have on display, our living room is media overload central!). It doesn't make a lot of noise (the other computer's fans create an ongoing and nerve-wracking hum), or come with the baggage of a bunch of ugly black wires (oh, how I hate looking at wires). I can sit on the couch or my bed or in the coffee shop down the street - it goes where I am.
Isn't that the whole point of technology? - to fit into, rather than take over, your life?
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