On Michelle.


This has been in the hopper for a long time and I haven’t really had a chance to get around to it until now. Especially because this was actually relevant about 3 months ago. It’s about the loss of a dear friend of mine. Before you go off the deep end, it’s not a human friend, nor an animal friend, but a friend of the computer persuasion. Her name was Michelle and she was a Lenovo Thinkpad T61p. This might seem a little over-sentimental for something as replaceable and as frequently changing as a computer, but just as the stuffed animal that you can’t seem to give away, it’s the memories that give it its inherent sentimentality. Let me give you a little background as to why it meant so much to me.

When I started college my parents were ardent in their conviction of not getting me a computer. To this day I am not exactly sure why. The cost of a computer is not something to be scoffed at, but seeing as my major was/is computer engineering, one would think that this might be something worth the investment. I really wanted a laptop so I would be able to bring it around campus and take notes and study in the library, you know college stuff. The only thing I had at the time was an aging desktop and that wasn’t going to cut it. I was working as a tech support goon for a local publishing company at the time and they had this dilapidated, stripped, broken, and all together homely looking “laptop” in the back of the shop and I asked if I could adopt this shelter computer. They obliged and I spent the next months getting it in working order. It was old though, to put it into context, it was old for then, no built-in wifi, IDE HDD, 1 GHz Pentium III proc, it was a dog. At least I had a laptop though, but it was glaringly apparent that this was not going to be able to slake my computing thirst for long though.
My parents struck me a deal, if I got into the engineering program (I didn’t start in it due to high school GPA) they would fork over the cash for a new computer. After two years of busting my hump I was accepted and I immediately began to look at shiny, new laptops. I ended up finding a great deal on a beast of a laptop (at the time of course) through my dad’s AMEX reward program.

This was over Christmas break I ordered it and I remember refreshing the tracking number roughly a quadjabamillion times. I’m pretty sure the IT people at FedEx were about ready to block my IP. It was a little torturous waiting day in and day out in hot anticipation of my new best friend. I was comping back from doing some errand I had to run and I saw, sitting on my doorstep, a relatively large cardboard box, be-speckled with the Lenovo logo. I sprinted to the door and tore into that box, you know in a totally civil and organized manner as to not break my new god.

It was love at first boot. I had so many good times with Michelle. (I have a penchant for naming all my important things girls names that start with M) She helped me get through some really tough classes. She is where I learned Linux really well. She is where I learned the anatomy of a modern laptop. She was where I wrote some heart to hearts and where I blogged some really fun moments. Sadly, in December of 2010 she died,   it sounded like an overheating issue with the GPU, but she wouldn’t boot. I replaced her motherboard and got her working, but she was showing her age, and it was time to move on. I sold her to a nice Indian family who needed her right way. I want to thank her for he many years of service and just how many great memories I shared with her. Bye Michelle!
Who writes a love letter to a computer? This guy. This. Guy.

One reply on “On Michelle.”

It’s okay. I understand.

I could write a similar story about my computer, but it would really be a Robocop-Frankenstein sort of story instead of a epitaph, since I gradually phased in new parts as the old ones died or became obsolete. Actually, the only parts on my current PC that are original to the Dell POS I bought my freshman year are the disc drives (which don’t always open) and one hard drive (which I have Windows installed on).

Unsurprisingly, the hard drives are the only thing holding back its performance, but not in any way noticeable to me.

This episode of “things you don’t care about” brought to you by me.

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