It was a dark and stormy night…
Okay, it was a sunny Monday morning — February 25, to be specific. I was on a train, returning home from a business trip to New York, and I thought I would boot up my laptop to get a little work done. A stall in the bootup, followed by the Blue Screen of Death, and my trusty laptop suffered an unexpected end.
For the record, I bought a 12″ Dell Inspiron 700m in December 2004, and experienced zero problems of significance until this fateful moment. On the recommendation of persons I trust, I got the extended battery, and had over 4 hours of battery life for the entire time I owned it. It’s also worth noting that I was reasonably diligent about backing up my data, so I lost very little. I would happily recommend a Dell to others based on my experience.
Unfortunately, I soon realized that for the past few years I’ve structured my existence around my laptop. Without a trusty backup personal computer, I doubled the hours I was spending at work, my coffee shop hours declined considerably, and any personal computer use (such as blog reading and writing) dropped to virtually nothing. I know this is sad, but losing my computer abruptly was probably the most significant shock to my health, lifestyle, and general happiness in the past 3 years.
“So why don’t you just buy a new laptop, idiot?” You may be thinking. Well, knowing how much business I do on my computer, my employer kindly offered to buy me a work laptop, so I held off. A series of shipping and customer service errors — which led us to change vendors and reorder twice — resulted in a seven-week delay from its expected arrival. Yesterday, nearly three months after the demise of my technological lifeline, the order finally arrived and IT hooked me up.
The bright side: I now have a sleek black 12″ Gateway notebook — not quite as small as the ones that fit in an envelope, but very close. There’s no way this thing weighs 4 lbs. This time, I’ve also taken greater care to shift as many of my bookmarks, essential information, etc. to the web to minimize transaction costs should calamity befall me again. I do, believe it or not, learn from my mistakes and attempt to right my ship when it lists.
During my absence, I’ve missed out reporting on quite a bit of the gossip that interests me. The Supreme Court heard the DC gun ban case, DC taxicabs officially converted to meters, the new Washington Nationals park opened, and Jenna Bush got married (I seriously just found this out yesterday). My friends seem to have done fine without me, as expected. The only act of outright harrassment was Jacob meming me, which I will now reply to (perhaps cursing myself by refusing to forwad it on):
From Loren Lomasky’s Persons, Rights, and the Moral Community, Chapter 6: Property Rights within a Liberal Order:
One will not be free to distance oneself from the ends of others; those interests must be advanced. Whether or not the requirement that one take a positive role in advancing the projects of all others is equally applied within the moral community, it is not the proclamation of neutrality among persons. It is instead the insistence that everyone’s projects are to be valued, and they are to be valued by everybody.
Generally speaking, I’m back in routine at long last. Hopefully we will see this reflected in my return to a blogging lifestyle, and to a few of you showing up to read it.