Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Where good computers die

From August 28, 2007 until April 25, 2011 I have used the same laptop. I purchased an HP 19 inch laptop when I started grad school in Syracuse, NY. I even argued with HP over whether or not they should replace my motherboard when it died 3 days after the warranty expired on that laptop, I won that argument! I even learned how to back up everything when that happened.
About 4 weeks ago I purchased a new monitor when the screen on my laptop stopped working. And for the first time in a long time, on Monday night I got very excited about making a powerpoint presentation so I could teach and show my fellow master's class how to properly cite APA. And then I woke up on Tuesday morning.

Tuesday morning kind of sucked. I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, figuratively and literally. The construction workers were at my house, pounding out the frame for the new shower for my mom's bathroom. The cat was running all around my run, scared from the noise. I went to get a cup of coffee and of course there was nothing left. I went to take the dog for a run, and she was unbelievably annoying as well. I finally came home, went to turn on my computer-it used to take 20 minutes for it to start up before I could actually use it, and the log in screen never came up. I thought "that's odd," powered it off manually and tried again. Three or four times later, I finally got it through my head. The computer was not going to turn on. It finally died for good.

Now I was kind of expecting it. The computer was a PC, and it was 3 1/2 years old. That is a pretty good run for a PC. I had used and abused it for the first two years, so I was pretty happy that it had lasted as long as it had. I was planning on purchasing a new computer this fall when my student loans kicked in.... While I did start class on Monday night, because of the way the school schedule is, I wont be able to pull out money until this fall. I was okay with that. I had come to terms with it. I knew that it was going to be eight weeks of hell and then I could do two jobs for the summer, and throw myself back into school this fall. Little did I know....

Thank goodness for my mother. I really just do not know where I would be without her. She had some money set aside from her last paycheck, we were thinking about purchasing a new washing machine. Lowe's has a sale going on, for a washer that is significantly better than ours as well as more energy efficient. Along with the federal program of a rebate and our water company would give us a rebate it would financially be worth it. However the more we thought about it, the more we wondered. Is it really green to upgrade to a newer model when the one you have already works? Granted we were going to donate the one we have to a family friend who is in need of a washer, but it is still something to think about.
But I digress, my mother and I went to the computer store at Azusa Pacific University mostly to talk her out of purchasing an iPad. When we went in there, we discovered the "last year" models of MacBook Pro's were on sale. Not a huge sale but enough of a sale for my mother to tell me that it was ok for me to get a new computer. So YAY I am officially a Mac.

The past 24 hours have been interesting. I had almost everything I needed saved to my external harddrive, or at least I thought I did. Everything that I didn't have saved that I absolutely needed right away was on my email, so that is a relief. The rest of it my friend can pull off the harddrive of the laptop later on. Not only do I get to learn how to use a Mac, I also get to learn how to use an iPad. My mother decided while in the computer store she very much wanted an iPad for her business, so she got one. We are slowly but surely becoming Mac people. While I was very much against getting an iPad, my mother does need it for her business and gets to write off the expense at the end of the year. Plus we got a free wireless printer for purchasing the Mac. I only use a printer once a month, but its better than not having it, plus ours was about to die.
Up next? Waiting for the T-Mobile and AT&T merger to complete so I can get the newest iPhone!!!! But that wont happen until next year. I can wait!

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