My iBook is Dead; Long Live my iBook G4

My trusty iBook laptop has bitten the dust– or, more accurately, has gotten to the point where it is no longer a laptop computer. The computer itself still works, but the display doesn’t. It does work hooked up to a monitor, and while that is a temporarily workable solution, it sort of defeats the purpose of having a laptop, which is something I’ve come to depend on for both my work and my fun.

Poor sick iBook…. Well, it’s a computer that served me very well for just over three years, and considering the fact that I used the computer virtually every single day during those three years and I carted the thing around with me everywhere, it’s kind of surprising to me that it was as trouble-free as long as it was. I could have gotten the thing fixed for $400 or so, but that didn’t seem like a very good investment to me. I was already planning on getting a new computer next fall, and to spend that much money on a computer where literally anything else could break at any time just didn’t seem to make a lot of sense to me.

So, in order to avoid a series of other computer hassles, I went out yesterday and bought the computer I am typing on right now: a new version of the 12 inch iBook I had before. Like my previous iBook, this one is on the “lower-end” of the scale for Apple laptops, but it is a dramatically better computer than my previous one (G4 processor, RW CD/DVD drive, 30 gig hard drive, wireless card, just to name a few things) and it was probably about $300 or so less than what I paid for my old iBook 3 years ago.

And with the wireless function, I can post to my blog and read my students’ email and update my web site all from a coffee shop in Ann Arbor, which is what I’m doing right now. :-)

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