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L(en)OV(E)

L(en)OV(E)

I did it. I broke down and bought a new computer. You may remember that I was trying to hold out until my 5 year reunion at Wake Forest to upgrade my PC, but I cracked.

In the past 6 months, my sweet, free [read between the lines: included in tuition] WFU laptop started to show it’s age. First, it caught on fire. Silly exposed wires in my power cord. No problem, right? I just turned it off for an hour or so, bandaged the power cord with some duct tape, and turned it back on. Just like new. And then we started having to turn the TV up louder because of the helicopter type noise it would admit. TV on volume 35? No worries, we don’t have to hear in later years. Burns on my thighs from a broken fan? Eh… at least it gave my pale winter skin some color. But when the laptop refused to stay on for more than an hour at a time, (bless its little heart, it was doing the best it could) I knew it was finally time to give in and buy a new laptop.

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I have a bit of an odd relationship with technology. On one hand, I’m quite the laggard. Oh I’m geeked out by the latest and greatest, but I’ll never own the newest and greatest gadget (my current computer is going on it’s 5th year). And on the other hand, I’m completely fascinated by technology, and couldn’t be a bigger tech-evangelist WHEN it comes to seeing how the intersection of the traditional/’old school’ and technology helps to move various industries forward. (Recent examples I’m just blown away by: Art more readily available to everyone via the iPad, professors using twitter in classroom discussion to enhance the learning experience, and Animal Planet’s charity drive with donations directly linked to program viewership). I guess you could say I’m not going to be impressed by technology just for technology’s sake– it’s gotta be cool and beneficial for me to be really interested.

Just my luck…

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…