Just my luck…

Life,Technology November 5, 2010 1:03 am

So as luck would have it, the day after I decide to take the plunge and start this little blog, my powercord caught on fire.

Now I’ll admit- I have the flair for the dramatic, but my powercord really was flaming and smoking. How in the world does that happen? Well let’s start at the beginning…

My alma mater, Wake Forest University, ‘gives’ (read: included in tuition) each student a laptop- one as a freshman and one as a junior. Since the university is so generously ‘giving’ out these computers, they aren’t top of the line, snazzy, or beautiful machines. Just your basic computer with all the functions a college kid would need. The computer you receive junior year is yours to keep- a novel idea from the university- but the long and the short of it is, these computers don’t tend to last very long after graduation. Don’t get me wrong, most of the computers still work- maybe with a cracked screen or with a few missing keys- but virtually everyone I know quickly opted to upgrade for a newer, fancier version.

But not me. My 2007 computer is still with me, and will be until it flat out dies. I just honestly can’t justify buying a new computer. When I think of what I use my computer for, this old clunker is just as good as a snazzy new one.

My typical daily activities include:
1. Check email (hopefully not work)
2. Work in excel/powerpoint (oops checked work email)
3. Update twitter/browse facebook
4. Read NY magazine for restaurant suggestions, browse the newest collections in Anthropologie, keep up to date with NY Times/CNN/Wall Street Journal

Do I need some fancy machine to do this? No. And when I think about it, I can do almost everything I can on my computer on my smartphone (still working on the excel/powerpoint part). With my overly capable smartphone and my old (but still functioning) clunker of a computer, I just can’t justify shelling out for a fancy new laptop.

Which leads us back to the powercord incident. My computer has been through quite a bit since 2007, and it’s beginning to show its age. It overheats, emits a weird grinding noise from the clogged fan, and can only live on battery life for a mere 20 minutes.

And then the whammy, a flaming powercord. To be honest, I should have seen it coming. I’m no electrical engineer, but when a wire became exposed a year ago I decided to fix it myself rather than pay for a new cord. Having no electrical tape on hand, (what go out and pay for something???) I wrapped the cord with scotch tape, which surprisingly held up for quite some time.  But then that little engineering feat failed to charge my computer so a friend generously gave me her powercord… which she had also scotched tape (hmm maybe Wake Forest should offer some engineering courses).  Well it was bound to fail at some point, I just didn’t quite realize it would go out with such flair…

I’m beginning to lose my battle with this computer, having given in and purchased a brand new powercord today. But I’m not giving in yet- my goal is to make it to my 5 yr reunion with this same clunker!