Sparkle a ‘Champaigne’ coloured Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook running windows 7 home premium joins my list of personally owned computers, dating back to 2004. Hooray!
Here’s how it all started:
In 2004 my employer provided me with a really good laptop and didn’t mind me using it at home. No need for a 2nd computer. Until a 17 year old Swedish exchange student moved into my life, my home. My official role was “Host Mother”. I didn’t think I’d be chosen when I offered my skills to the local Scandinavian society:
I drink, I smoke, I work long hours, live alone with 2 cats and have absolutely no experience of being a parent or living with teenage kids except with my brother but that was over 20 years ago so it doesn’t really count. If she and her mother are OK with that then I guess we can work something out
Much to my surprise, and slight horror, they choose me - for a year. At work my Canadian manager told me I was crazy. Unconvincingly, I tried to reassure him:
She’s a half Finnish Swede, studying cookery, we’ll work something out
You’re crazy, I left Scandinavia to get away from the bossy women and you’re inviting one home!
When a 17 year old moves into your home, is studying at Redmond High School (almost everyone’s parents work at Microsoft), you have to make sure they’re equipped with a computer. I bought a HP Compaq and set-up a home wireless for her. She would be able to do schoolwork with privacy in her room, or join me on mine downstairs. There were times when we sat next to each other on the Sofa using MSN Messenger to talk to each other. It was surreal and fun. When she left, she left the laptop.
Quickly I got used to personalising the machine and not carrying my work laptop home. I started blogging and met other people who had their own laptops and blogged. I was hooked. Sparkle makes me smile, helps me to sparkle.
Meanwhile, a few of you may remember my blogging from these laptops:
- Tinkerbell Silver HP Compaq Windows XP Home - suicide in 2006 (Motherboard failure)
- Darling Maroon Sony Viao Windows XP Home - retired in 2008 (XP irritatingness – traded-in for Sparkle)
- Neverland Golden Sony Viao TT Windows Vista Professional - suicide in 2010 (Hardware failure – power socket – much loved and missed)
- Cupboard Maroon Sony Viao Netbook – Windows 7 Starter - suicide in 2012 (Hardware failure – Screen-crack, touchpad left-click not working, some keys getting fussy and CRAP performance. I never liked the Cupboard much)
Can you guess how long I expect Sparkle to last and the likely main cause of her demise?