Hardware: A History
It started with a lime green Dell computer.
In fact, we were one of the first households in my home town to get internet. That was only about 5 years ago. Up until that point, my spare time was occupied with reading and writing for the most part. But very suddenly, the world of the internet was at my disposal.
Short stories and poetry became brand new literature for me, finally accessible outside of my high school textbooks. It was also on that computer that I signed up as a member of Young Writers Society. It even served me well in my first two attempts at NaNoWriMo. Somewhere in the time span, between birthdays and Christmas gifts, I also ended up with a digital camera and a Kindle. The camera I loved. It gave me a whole new opportunity to explore the world and I utilized it. Well, until I broke it about a year into owning it. The Kindle, on the other hand, I never really used. I maybe put one or two books on it but for me, there was little magic in it. I got it from my grandmother as a Christmas gift and I was actually pretty disappointed. All I had asked from them that year were a few books that I wanted to add to my collection, but the kindle just couldn’t fill the empty spaces on my bookshelf. I really should just sell the blasted thing. Oh well. Moving on.
It was a tragic day for me when that lime green Dell finally started to fall apart, the base of the computer and the lid separating at the hinges. But I moved on and replaced it with big, slim and sleek Acer laptop that served me through the rest of high school all of the way into college when I took to the herd and switched over to the school provided Fujitsu tablet that I have now. When I got the Acer was also around the first time I got my own cell phone. It wasn’t quite a what people conventionally defined as a “smart phone” but it had a simple browser on it, could play games and music, and decent camera features plus I could use it to receive notifications from Facebook which is actually really annoying come to think of it.
It wasn’t until this last summer that I got my first actual smart phone, an LG Enlighten. I’d probably be lost without it. I use mostly for getting in touch with people, not just by text but through email and, more importantly Facebook. Though the social aspect of the site is rather lost on me, I do use it to stay in contact with groups that I’m involved in, most especially the group of students who I work with to run our universities game of Humans vs. Zombies. In fact, if it weren’t for that use, I’d have probably gotten rid of my Facebook profile eons ago.
I’m not sure what will come next for me as far as hardware goes but I’ve got my laptop and my smart phone so at least I’m certain I won’t be able to stay connect.
Posted on January 17, 2013, in Journals and tagged Acer, camera, Dell, facebook, Fujitsu, hardware, humans vs. zombies, kindle, LG Enlighten, Nanowrimo, new media, young writers society. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Comment.