“How long can I go?” I mused carelessly. The past 24 hours of digital silence–save the occasional update tweet, FitBit app, and text messages to my mum from the phone– was nothing compared to my 4 months abroad without a laptop. I could keep going for a few more hours. I made coffee, sat down, flipped through a magazine. . .
& pulled my laptop out of its case before my coffee began to cool.
Going without a personal computer is bizarre. I didn’t realize how many sites aren’t responsive. I rely on my computer for news, updates, browsing, searching. I don’t do anything on my phone. I recently moved, so I’ve been browsing a ton of online shopping sites like IKEA and ASUS. I have to turn my phone sideways and scroll from left to right just to browse the landing page. I don’t know how common it is to ask other people to use their devices, but I wouldn’t let a stranger use my laptop. So I don’t ask anyone for theirs.
Yah, it sucks. I search the app store looking for ways to cope.
“There are so many apps to do what I do on a Macbook anyway, I should just get an iPad.”
Hah. It’s only 15 hours in and I’m already thinking of ways to solve my “problem.” Come on, Lauryn. You can deal with the shoddy Internet window knowing your computer is actually safe.
But what if it wasn’t?
[pullquote]Going without a computer is nothing, when you know that it’s secure. [/pullquote] I’m honestly not sure if the #DigitallyDark Challenge was supposed to simulate the feeling of HAVING or NOT HAVING Absolute LoJack installed in my computer. For all practical purposes, I hadn’t installed Absolute LoJack yet. Even though I received the serial number and everything to do so. I just didn’t get around to it.
Having my computer “simulated stolen” gave me a second-long panic attack.
“I haven’t installed LoJack!”
It’s okay. Your computer isn’t really stolen.
My computer was safe, secure, and totally in the room right next to me. Having that security was a brain-saver. I didn’t worry. My heart pattered from the occasional withdrawal tick. “I can’t check my web stats” or “I wish I could access AdobeCC.” I didn’t care about my computer being stolen, because it wasn’t really stolen. And I rationalized it with, even if it had been, I’d installed (or I guess I was pretending I’d installed) LoJack so I didn’t have worry.
If my laptop had really been stolen, all I could do was replace it. I didn’t have Absolute LoJack installed. I didn’t have a 24/7 recovery team waiting on me hand and foot. If I replaced it with an iPad, then I’d have that to worry about losing. No matter what tech I used or what backups I’d kept safe all I could do is suck it up, get over it, and find the money.
I couldn’t think about what it’d be like if my technology had been ripped from my hands. I couldn’t. It was too unreal, too relentless, and too frightening.
My task list looks like this:
- Udemy: Video Game Writing
- Udemy: Unity 3D Concepts
- Inklewriter (online-only): Interactive Fiction Writing
- Google: Production Schedule
- Obviously Online: Web Design
I really really really hate spending money on things I don’t want to spend money on. I prioritize and reprioritize my spending like a maniac until I convince myself that whatever I thought I needed I don’t actually “need.” (I’m a terrible shopping companion.)
Doing this Absolute LoJack Challenge made me realize that the experience of not having the knowledge of safety was worse that going along and pretending that I did have that knowledge and security. & that’s what’s most important.
[pullquote align=”right”]How safe are you with your laptop?Quiz [/pullquote]My quiz result told me that I’m a Fortress. I’m still 100% glad I’ve been given the opportunity to work with LoJack. These past two weeks helped me understand why it works. I can tell you that setup is easy. The software is installed at the lowest level and works only when you need it. They don’t track your laptop continuously. This makes me feel so much better about leaving my laptops all the coffee shops and restauarants as I do when travelling.
Now I can go back to pretending I’m safe in peace…
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