Thursday, March 31, 2011

My Laptop

Communication technologies have been shaping the way people live since the beginning of time. In the Stone Age, our ancestors used tablets to organize important thoughts, keep track of daily activities, and pass on their knowledge to their children. Arguably, their method of writing was inefficient as much effort was being put into carving and preserving the tablet, while the end result contained little information relative to its size. As technologies evolve, we have refined our methods of writing and have come up with newer, cheaper, and more efficient ways to communicate. Living in the age of information explosion, my most intimate experience with writing technologies comes from the use of my black Dell. I will describe how I have been shaped by my laptop, provide details about my use of it, and finally explain why my relationship with it is interesting.
            First, my laptop has shaped my style of living for the better. In the most practical sense, through the use of Yahoo Email and AIM, my Dell helped me communicate with colleagues during the day, and family and friends at night. I always have it out typing and doing important activities during class if my professor permits. Beyond that, though, I believe the convenience of laptop ownership has vastly broadened my world views and has allowed me to become more independent as a young adult.
            Other than being a necessary traveling companion, my laptop has also become an integral part of my life while at school. For instance, I use it to manage mutual fund investments, organize lecture notes and homework, read the news (I spend a lot of time at’s new page), watch/edit video clips, etc. There are a mass of other things I do with my laptop, most of which are meaningful and essential, and some of which are purely for fun.
            I cannot live without my laptop, it's quite simple. Throughout the months, I have become increasingly dependent on it for day-to-day activities such as corresponding with professors, keeping in touch with families, and friends, as well as organizing personal documents such as music, pictures, and the like. I still make a habit of carrying it wherever I go, and probably spend more time with this so-called writing technology than any other object or person. In the event of an emergency, it would definitely be the first thing I take and the last thing to let go. My laptop is a black Dell and it is a part of me.