Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What I need from a computer

I don’t need much from a computer. For the last 5 years of my life, all I've ever done on it is (a) write and (b) use the internet. No Photoshop, Starcraft 2, or any other heavy-hitting programs necessary.

I've never needed anything fancy. My desktop at home, which I used throughout high school, was a sluggish behemoth that took 5 minutes to boot up. For 3.5 years in college, my yellow Dell Inspiron was as much a "fashion" statement as a productivity tool. Last December, after I dropped my laptop in the dining hall, I bought a new Inspiron for around $500. I planned to keep it for at least the next 4 years, and use it similarly.

Too bad it sucks. For the big, fancy specs it was advertised with, my new Inspiron fails regularly at just being operational.

Case in point: The "e" key on my keyboard broke for no apparent reason yesterday night. It doesn't feel jammed; it just stopped working. Other recurring reasons why it sucks: random freeze-ups around every 10 days; its detection of ghost USB ports, inability to consistently handle CD and DVDs. The plastic shell feels cheap and adds unnecessary bulk.

I just read an article on TechCrunch about the new MacBook Air. It sounds so good -- light, fast, portable, sleek -- that I really want to shill out $1,000 to buy one. Only problem is, I hate using the Mac interface. I think I developed a revulsion to Apple computing products in elementary school, when I had to use the then-horrid machines for assignments, and I'm still feeling the lingering effects.

Basically, the situation I'm in is not pleasant. Dammit, I should have bought a Chromebook instead.

1 comment:

  1. I would just ask my dad, the engineer and my boyfriend, the engineer major - for their opinion on what to get and go with it

    although once sameep had this mac laptop problem and he just mailed it to the company and they fixed and mailed it back