On Monday evening I was working on my 4.5 year old Toshiba PC laptop when Hypatia ran by my feet, got tangled in the power cord and started yelping away. I untangled her and didn't think much more about the incident.
On Tuesday evening, I was working on my 4.5 year old Toshiba PC when I noticed the battery icon was lit up. I checked the power connections at several points, jiggled some wires and told Dave I had a power problem. Dave promptly checked several power connections, jiggled some wires and told me I'd better shut down the computer until I had a chance to back up any urgent files onto our 1TB external drive. I finally got a chance to do that tonight. The old Toshiba went into critical hibernation to conserve its last remaining bit of battery power just as I was finishing up my file transfers.
On Wednesday evening, I picked up a new computer on the way home from work. The vast majority of my personal and professional computing experience has been on PCs, but I used Macs for some courses at the University of Manitoba and the University of Iowa. Joshua switched to a Mac last Christmas, and Dave and I had talked about making the switch the next time we replaced our laptops. Now, I've gone and done it. I have an Apple iPod, an Apple iPhone, and now an Apple MacBook Pro. Joshua has an iPod, an iPhone and a MacBook. Dave has an iPod and an iPad. When the time comes for him to surrender his employer-provided Blackberry for a personal cell phone, he'll probably buy an iPhone. And when the time comes to replace his PC laptop (which isn't too old - he burned through 4 during the time I was using the Toshiba), he'll probably buy a Mac.
It's going to take me awhile to get used to the Apple OS, and I sort of miss my Toshiba - it's like an old, familiar friend - but I don't have any choice about it now. I just hope I'm not too old to learn some new tricks.