Sunday, August 14, 2016

the digital age

the saga of the new computer!

so i actually got my laptop delivered earlier than i expected, yet after i booted it up for the first time, i noticed a problem: a tiny dead pixel on the screen. i tried not to let it bother me, but my eyes kept flickering back to it throughout the computer setup process, and then it really started to bug me. no way did i spend full price on a brand-new laptop that had a dead pixel!

and so even though it went against my nature of "ugh, that's too hard, i won't bother", i filed for a return and replacement, less than two hours after i initially received it. welp.

fortunately, it wasn't a difficult process, and it took all of 15-20 minutes to wrap up my defective laptop, print off the prepaid return form, and send it off. considering the fact that it was only going as far as mississauga, it went back within a day, and the replacement arrived at my door on friday. sweet! (though not sweet is waiting at home all day for your delivery just because the courier website says "on the truck for delivery"; it showed up at 4:58 p.m. great waste of a day)

then as i got ready to set it up and move all my files over, even more fun began: a boot disc error that kept my system in perpetual reboot mode (i eventually had to call dell support and get a technician to control my laptop in order to fix this "very common error we're seeing a lot lately"), followed up by some incredibly spotty browser connectivity. not even kidding, it was dragging so badly that i was wondering if i'd need to just get a refund -- it had an advanced processor and 8 gigs of ram, so there was no reason it should be barely loading websites. even my other laptop was running faster, and it was on the same wifi connection. welp.

but somehow it sorted itself out, and the browsers came back up to normal speed. i've been keeping a wary eye on them ever since, but the problem seems to have resolved itself. i mean, i've since gone to all the trouble of installing my programs and files and apps and bookmarks, so i hope it's good now. (though there's nothing like a new computer to make you realize just how many website profiles and passwords you have.)

anyway, it seems to be holding up fine 24 hours later, and i can also be a little triumphant that i managed to find my microsoft office suite boot discs from 2007 and they installed fine. i've officially got all i need. plus it seems a little brighter, and it's got a light-up keyboard, and a webcam, but no vlogs from me k sry.

i did have some pangs of sadness packing away my six-year-old laptop though, and i thought back to the computers i've known and loved: the bulky family desktop of my adolescence that i later inherited for university and kept for a few years afterwards; my first laptop that went to vancouver with me and back (plus since it was my first portable computer, i loved the hell out of it and still have fond memories of watching endless depeche mode videos while living with jenna in north van); my second laptop, which lasted six years and through three apartments, two relationships, and two jobs. i so easily get attached to possessions that have been with me through a lot, and especially when they're something that's been both a work partner and a means of communication with the larger world.

i hope that's not too weird.

it's also interesting to me, because for a big portion of last week, i just...stayed inside. aside from meeting my boyfriend for sushi on thursday, and running out for 15 minutes to ship back my defective laptop, from last tuesday until friday i legit didn't leave my apartment. not once. and if you know me, you know that's really weird for me, considering the fact that i get stir-crazy pretty easily. i think i was fine this time - i even enjoyed it a bit - because i knew it was keeping me away from the crushing heat outside (though my apartment wasn't too much better, honestly), and because i had a lot of good work to keep me busy, and because i used my ddp yoga dvds every morning so i didn't feel like i was an inactive blob.

the reason why it's interesting to me is that for once, i didn't feel the need to guilt-trip myself for staying home for the better portion of a week. maybe it was the weather, maybe it was work, maybe it was the fact that i wanted to be home for my laptop delivery -- but whatever the case, i actually felt okay with not leaving. i knew it was the best option. plus, it allowed me to be crazy productive, which was good timing considering my workload this month. so yeah, i felt a bit sluggish being homebound (i typically walk at least 10,000 steps a day and go to the gym five days a week), but ddp yoga has helped, and i was most definitely fine with not having to take multiple showers a day simply because i dared to venture outside. blech.

anyway, not all that exciting, i know, but it's a decent testament to sometimes giving yourself a break. i've got a book called the artist in the office (probably more relevant back when i worked in an office, but whatevs), and one part of it advises that, if you're feeling overwhelmed and like you don't have enough time to do everything, take a look at what you consider your daily non-essential priorities. now remove one of them, if only for a few days, and see if you feel like you're actually more productive. sometimes it can be surprising what you discover if you take yourself out of your usual daily routine.

this blog post was probably boring for a lot of people, but at least there's the takeaway of learning to give yourself a break once in a while. now i'm off to go watch bad tv until i fall asleep.

[ music | matt & kim, "get it" ]