A Girl’s Best Friend is a PC

July 18, 2006

If it’s possible to have a dysfunctional relationship with a piece of equipment then it’s hands up me. My laptop went on the blink over a month ago (it’s a Fujitsu Lifebook) and while I’ve had my ups and downs with technology in the past I’ve never had a near death experience or had to “do without” – until now.
Kind friends bailed me out with their spares while my lovely went back to the US for repairs. I ended up using a desktop computer kindly loaned by a friend and had to re-learn how to use a monster machine after using my tiny space saving gadget for so long. In fact, I can’t remember a time when I haven’t owned a laptop. But I digress. Since my laptop arrived back yesterday I’ve had to embark on a reacquaintance exercise. My fingers are clumsy on the keyboard; I’ve forgotten how various programmes work; I’m having to learn to save to the internal hard drive and not the external and well…it’s hard work getting to know someone (oops I meant some “thing” of course) all over again.
I guess what’s really going on is I’m recognising that my relationships aren’t always with people and for someone in the “people business” that’s a ridiculous awakening. Maybe I need more of a transitional object – a dog perhaps?

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  1. My computer? or my neurosis? LOL – well the computer is on my desk now and I’m not sure about where my transitional issues lie…To say to someone “it’s in the mind” can sometimes mean “It’s not real” (I hear that a lot about emotion in organisations incidentally) – so I suppose I’d want to know a bit more about what’s behind your question before I jump in and answer lol!

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