This blog thing is tempting. Since setting it up I’ve been tempted to write about all manner of strange and random things, from my coffee addiction to the cheese and mustard mashed potato I made yesterday. I’m trying to resist the urge to Spam but I’ve been reading a few of the other blogs that my fellow students have been writing and it’s been making me think.
Mainly I’ve been thinking about my relationship with computers and technology in general. I’m an avid Mac user and I hate PCs to the point where I struggle to understand them. This could be simple stubbornness on my part and I respect that. But I’m so used to my Macbook that I don’t even need to look where the keys are to type. The keys are in different places on a PC and it confuses me.
(I’m not trying to do a Mac vs PC thing here. I’m too biased in favour of Apple, the room I’m sitting in right now has a total of 4 Macs in it. My Macbook, my boyfriend’s Macbook Pro and two old Macs from the 90’s. Add to this my boyfriend’s iPhone and iPad, plus my beloved iPod Nano and my plans to get an iPhone of my own in a month or so when the contract on my current phone expires. It’s safe to say I’m an Apple Fangirl)
The first ‘computer’ I have any real memories of would be a friend’s Nintendo 64 and losing badly at Mortal Kombat, and wanting one of my own so I could practice and not get beat within seconds. I had IT lessons at School, where we learned Word and how to make spreadsheets in Excel (Which I have never used once since then) but they were boring. Computers were things to do work on and writing with a pen was faster. It was the games consoles that were interesting. One Christmas my Mum bought a Sony Playstation with the rule that it was to stay downstairs and everyone could use it. This didn’t stop it from eventually moving up to my brother’s bedroom but that is the way things go. There were also a few games that came with it. Some Barbie one for my younger sister, a Tomb Raider game that nobody ever got past the first level of and Resident Evil 2. That it the one that made me want computers in my life (I was quite young and couldn’t get the whole ‘consoles are different from computers’ thing).
A few years later we got a PC to help with School work and for a while things were ok. However by this point we’d all learned about the Internet, and brother and sister were both addicted to stuff like Bebo and MSN. They’d be on the PC constantly and fight over who got to spend more time on it. They would race home from school and dive right into the computer chair without even taking their coats off or closing the door. So to me, the PC was something that got fought over and I was better off without. I didn’t care. I thought it was insane that they would rather sit indoors and ‘talk’ to their friends online when they only lived a few doors down the street. I could use a computer, same as anyone else. It just wasn’t worth the screaming match that it would have got me into to use the thing. I had a few websites that I liked and would probably go on them on saturday or sunday morning before my lazy siblings got out of bed but it wasn’t all that important to me.
When I started studying my Foundation degree I was told I’d be needing a laptop since my tutors did most of their work online and there would be a Student Website I’d need to have access to. (Gateshead College used Moodle, Salford uses Blackboard). I got a Mac based off my tutor’s advice that it would be better suited to the type of work I’d be doing. It took me a few weeks to get used to it but once I did I loved it. I do believe that it is so much easier to work with than the PC ever was. Best of all, I had moved out of my Mum’s house by this point so there was no-one to fight over it. I could use it whenever I wanted. And since the Mac was so ‘different’ my siblings didn’t want to play with it when they came to visit.
Something I’ve just remembered. Moving into my little flat was an interesting affair. I actually bought an Xbox 360 before I even bought a TV. I spent close to £250 on it if I remember right, and I only spent about £150 on a cooker from Argos which I didn’t get for a few weeks after the Xbox 360. Talk about getting your priorities wrong. Take out and microwave food is no way to live.
Today is October 6th 2011, the day Steve Jobs died. And I am kind of sad about it. 56 is too young to die, especially when you consider that people are living to be 100. At one point in my life I was describing myself as a technophobe and I had no interest in computers at all. Today I’m willing to admit to being an Apple Fangirl and I’m quite happy with that fact. So if anyone ever catches me giving the University PC’s evil looks or struggling with the keyboard, just remember, the @ key is in the wrong place and it has confused me.