I bought my old MacBook Pro in the summer of 2010. It served me well for lo these many years, taking the beating that I inflict on my laptops with nary a complaint. On its keys I typed All the Money in the World, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, I Know How She Does It, and The Cortlandt Boys, plus hundreds of articles and blog posts. I know six years is long in computer time, and so I have long been emailing myself various things I wanted to keep, just in case. Then, finally, the inevitable happened. This morning I spilled a single drop of hot coffee on the tracking pad, and that was enough to fry it. The mouse is still somewhat usable, but completely erratic. Opening a file can take several minutes. I managed to email a few final things to myself. Then I pulled out my iPhone, ordered a new MacBook Pro, and went to pick it up at the local Apple Store.
The sky was darkening as I went, but the Apple Store folks were quick enough that I made it back to my car by the time the rain started pelting down. Now I am typing this as my first foray on the new machine. I’m trying to picture what books this Mac and I will produce together over the next few years. What will life be like in six years when I manage to fry it? (Or, perhaps, will it last longer? Or be completely obsolete by then?)
All these questions are so weighty that of course I am getting absolutely nothing of consequence done today. Blah. Oh well, here’s to feeling more productive later.
In other news: I could still use some more examples of “networking habits” for an article — do you schedule one lunch a week? Send a thank you note daily? As always you can email me at lvanderkam at yahoo dot com.
Photo: Make new friends, but keep the old — unless the old is no longer functional.