Tag Archives: computer

It’s easier when Bear doesn’t help

20 Feb

Bearcat likes to type, but it’s never in English. I’ve caught her trying to instant message people. Usually, I think she’s swearing in some secret cat language. This time, I’m pretty sure she’s judging what I was trying to write in my self-evaluation for work.

Turn old T-shirts into laptop sleeves

12 Feb

Got an old T-shirt or 20? Pick your favorite, and recycle it. Into a laptop sleeve.

Hello Rewind takes your T-shirt, chops it up, adds batting and felt and velco and, in a few weeks, sends you a new laptop sleeve. The laptop sleeves will fit 13-, 15- or 17-inch laptops. (Macs are a sure-thing; other computers should fit, but check the size chart just to be sure. By the way, do you know how difficult it is to find a sleeve for a 17-inch Mac? Trust me — it is.) You get all of that for $49, T-shirt and sleeve shipping included.

Now before you think $49 is steep, you should know one more thing: Hello Rewind works with women who were victims of sex trafficking in New York to teach them new skills and how to support themselves.

So not only are you giving new life to an old T-shirt and cleaning out your closet, you’re protecting your laptop and helping sex trafficking victims learn English, sewing and basic business skills. Now I need to figure out which T-shirt(s) I want to send …


Mac vs. PC

18 Mar

My grandmother switched to a Mac when she was 84.

It was at least her third computer, and her first laptop. The house that she and my grandfather built in 1963 has wireless internet access. In fact, last Wednesday night we had a laptop party at the kitchen table: I had my laptop, my mother had hers and my brother used my grandmother’s.

My grandmother was known to open nearly every e-mail she got. Especially forwards from friends, which, of course, are rife with viruses and annoyances. I told her Macs don’t have the same virus problems that PCs do. Several months ago I got an early-morning phone call — the time of day that usually means bad news, or that the caller does not know me — from my aunt asking about Macs, where to get them and what software would be needed. Grandma called me maybe twice with questions; she might’ve asked others more. (She had eight grandchildren. I’m the only Mac user, but my brother and I live the farthest away.) The preacher at her funeral brought up that she’d switched computer platforms in the last year. He’s in his 50s, and didn’t sound up to the “challenge.”

Still, it’s proof you’re never too old to switch to a Mac.