I never thought I'd be one to love technology but when my beloved laptop died a death late on Wednesday night, I was gutted. I've had it about 10 years so it was certainly past its prime, but it has served me so well over the years that I was really sorry to see it go - not least because I thought I'd lost a lot of my work.
It was much like that episode of Sex and the City when Carrie Bradshaw loses her laptop to a nasty virus and she says "My whole life was on that computer!" - I can relate. I had a good ten years work on that laptop - and not all of it was backed up. I thought some things were lost forever, but fortunately, the clever people at PC World can extract the lost documents from the hard-drive of the deceased computer and give them back to me on a USB stick - so all is not lost.
And now I have a brand new laptop! It is a very pretty shade of purple - it reminds me of Victoria Plum and love it. I've had it for less than 24 hours and already I have synced it with all my social media accounts, my three email accounts, my college website and Google Classroom accounts. So I'm feeling quite proud of myself for that - I've not done too bad for a technophobe. I have a brand new internet connection too, which should improve speed.
Of course I do have to get to grips with the new laptop as soon as possible because I have writing deadlines to meet and my final essay of this academic year to write as well. Just because my old computer broke doesn't mean that I can miss the deadline for my column etc. So it was essential that I got a new laptop and got it up and running immediately. There are still one or two teething issues - namely with the email, so bear with me if you are trying to contact me in the next week or so, as I find my way around the new program.
But all in all, I'm thrilled with my new computer. It's such a pretty shade of purple and it makes me smile just to look at it. The keyboard is beautifully soft and quiet - that was one of my criteria; I hate clicky-clacky keyboards, they drive me nuts! This keyboard is virtually silent and very soft to work on for long periods of time.
Best of all, it has automatic back up to Cloud storage, so I will never lose my work again, which is a relief. I feel very grateful to have this purple laptop, it's just so pretty and a pleasure to work on.
I suppose the moral of this blog post is that you really should back up your work in some way, as regularly as possible. And don't use a laptop until it drops - with mine there was no real warning - it worked fine at 5pm, but by 11pm it had crashed beyond repair. My Mum likened it to a heart-attack - there one minute and gone the next! It was just like that. It had been making a strange noise - like wheezing, but no other signs that it was about to crash and die.
So do back up your work and upgrade when you can, before your laptop gets too old. You just never know when technologies time is up - and you wouldn't want to lose a potential best-seller!