What is the relationship you have with your computer ?
My computer is very much an extension of who I am.
It is my memory for things coming up.
It is where I offload everything that I don’t absolutely need to keep in my awareness – so most of the time I have no idea what I am doing tomorrow, until an alarm on the computer reminds me that I need to prepare for an appointment.
Right now, this is the 39th tab open in Chrome. I have two instances of Ultra-Edit (my favourite text editor) open, each with about 50 files open. I rebooted my machine a few hours ago, after a system update, so haven’t opened any pdf files, had about 20 open when I rebooted. Currently also have 2 command prompts, and instance of outlook, Eudora (the email program I have used since 1996) and teamviewer. Haven’t yet restarted the Oxford English Dictionary or Kindle, and both are usually running.
I spend most of my waking hours at the keyboard of this machine.
I don’t ascribe any personality to it, and I do have a general philosophy of not letting any piece of machinery know that you are relying upon it. Hence I have two backup machines – my last laptop and a desktop machine.
And this laptop has performed flawlessly for the last two years (it is a Portege R830 – my previous laptop I used for 6 years before upgrading, it too was a Toshiba Portege and performed flawlessly).