I used to have a computer of my own. A few years ago I shacked up with a guy after a very short courtship. He had a house of his own, but no functioning computer. So we used mine. Because of circumstances, we parted ways and some of my stuff got left behind. We are on friendly terms, so I’m still able to go get my stuff from his house, everything except my computer.
At first the excuses were “I just need to get my stuff onto disk and then you can have it back.”. Then it was “Well, I’ve got games on there and when I get those off, you can have your computer back.” And finally it was “The computer crashed. I had a guy look at it and he said that the hard drive was fried.” Did he offer to replace it? -No.
With my new mate we shared his laptop computer. He had his side of it and I had mine. He used it when he was at home and I used it when he was at work. After owning the new laptop for less than a year, it got infected by an awful Mal-Ware virus and killed the hard drive. It was useless. The only way to fix it is take it to a professional and pay more money. So my mother offered us the use of her laptop. So she set up a side of the computer for me & my partner to use. So now we have 3 people trying to all use one laptop.
Needless to say, this becomes very frustrating when we all need to use it at once.
See, when I had a computer of my own to use it had everything I needed. I had access to the Internet (and all of its wonders), it held all my music from my CD collection and was able to rip/burn new music. I was able to watch DVDs and listen to CDs. I could even play computer games on disc, if I was a gamer (which my partner is). It even had a name, Billy, named after a departed childhood friend of mine that was an actor. It had stickers all over it too! Stickers of Felix the cat and his bag of tricks, drag queens, funny quotes, dragons, band logos, flowers, superheroes, etc. I loved my computer so much.
BUT most importantly to me, I had a version of Fireworks 8.0, which is the art editing program I learned to use to help edit and format my web-comic, AMIE. Without it I can’t do my comic at all! To get a new version of this software would cost me $60 I don’t have and even if I could afford it, I don’t have a personal laptop to put it on. *heavy sigh* This frustrates me to now end. I am artistically stunted because I have no money to afford the tools I need to use to create. Grrr….
So now that I have to share a computer with my partner that wants to update/play his games, my mother that has a budding relationship and is learning to Skype, and me who has to research, write and post articles daily around a needy 9 month old. Its her computer and I have no right to hog it whenever she wants to use it.
It is frustrating when I’ve told them that I HAVE TO use the computer for an important article coming up (Reviewing RuPaul’s Drag U Season 3 BEFORE Monday night’s new episode!!!) and I only have a certain amount of time to get a lot of research done before writing and posting, and then get told that the computer is needed at a certain time, right in the middle of when I was planning to use it. Was I mute when I spoke? Were they deaf and didn’t hear me? Do I need to speak slower or faster?
I try to share nicely. I really do. I think the lessons we learned as a child are the ones we forget first as an adult, like how to share and treat others the way you want to be treated.
So, my partner has heard my rant and is trying one last time to revive his dead laptop. I appreciate the effort, but I have no hopes of it coming back to life after this long. As for my mother’s computer,….*heavy sigh*…I’m thankful that I’m patient and thankful.
Now to do some research before my 2 hour time limit is up. *grumble*