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Hardware Mania! A Day in the Life of Dawn
September 20, 2008, 12:12 am
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-This is an account of how many computer hardware systems I use daily and their implications



This morning I woke up to the sound of emails arriving on my Blackberry. I clicked through them quickly and snoozed a little more. I can pretty much rely on a series of junk mail arriving around 7 am from the previous night because I have Blackberry set up that way. After checking the weather forecast for the day on my personal laptop I gathered my things and walked out front door for work. Once I got in my car I plugged in my Ipod and started the car. On the way to work I stopped by Starbucks to get a Banana Chocolate Vivanno with one shot of espresso (you should all try this if you like smoothies and caffeine). Finally I arrived at work after sitting in construction traffic! The first thing I do to begin my workday is power up my desktop PC and my laptop. I check my emails and begin preparing for my day. Prior to beginning my day I did a co-worker, who had taken the day off, a favor by gathering up a few of our different model PDA cell phones for one his clients to pick up and try out prior to buying them for his entire office (I work for a wireless phone retailer).  After that interruption, the remainder of my morning was consumed by preparation for a late afternoon training group. During this prep time I combined use of my desktop PC, laptop, and Blackberry. I left work and decided to run to the ATM prior to meeting a few new hires at a lunch meeting; I always like to have cash just in case my card doesn’t go through for some reason…sometimes credit card technology does fail us! I had a very nice lunch getting to know our recruits and then we all headed back to the office to continue training. After training was over I decided I was leaving work a little early to enjoy the end to a day of beautiful weather.


Based on this account the following list should cover all of the different types of hardware I come in contact with on regular basis:

Ø       Home PC Laptop

Ø       Work Desktop PC

Ø       Work PC Laptop

Ø       Ipod

Ø       Blackberry PDA phone

Ø       Computer that runs my car (2008 Chevy)

Ø       ATM


Prior to writing this account of my day I didn’t realize how much technology, and especially hardware, I use on a daily basis. I have to admit that I can’t imagine going about my daily personal life, and especially my work life without using these hardware technologies. I think that all of these things can be viewed as a double edged sword in the way that they make daily transactions so much easier and effortless, but there a is a lot more room for unexpected errors usually due to user ignorance. Bases on personal experience I can come up with numerous pros and cons for each hardware technology, but I think that the pros definitely outweigh the cons!


This is a visual collage of my day!