Interesting week. On Monday I noticed my seven year-old MacBook was running exceptionally slow. After trying and failing to sufficiently reduce RAM usage I decided to just restart. It wouldn’t turn back on…and I had a pairing session in an hour!
I rushed home and used my wife’s computer for my pairing session, then I took my MacBook to the Apple store to see what the deal with it was. Bad hard drive. The machine also has a bad battery, so between paying to fix both the battery and hard drive (and at the end still owning a laptop from 2008) and just buying a new computer, I went with the latter. I bought a 13″ MacBook Air. It hurt to part ways with the money but it sure fucking feels good to have a brand new computer after living with that old one for so long. The old computer was also somewhat of an embarrassment in front of clients. If I apparently can’t afford a computer that’s not old as fuck with a broken “enter” key, how successful could I be (and therefore how good could I be)? Now that’s one little thing I don’t have to worry about.
While I was in Nigeria I set myself up at a “pairing station” where students could sign up to do pair programming sessions with me throughout the day. I found a sign on the door of my temporary office that said “The Code Clinic” and the students started calling me “Dr. Jason”. I found myself in very high demand (and exasperatingly short supply). When I got back to the states, I thought maybe I could replicate this situation at my new office. I won’t bestow the grandiose title of Dr. Jason upon myself but I will hold office hours at the grandiosely-named Ben Franklin Labs World Headquarters. I describe all this just to mention up the fact that I held my first office hours session last Friday and I remembered, about five minutes before my guests were due to arrive, that I have no wi-fi in the office. I believe both of my guests had MacBook Airs and so weren’t able to get online. Whoops. I realized eventually I would need a wireless router.
So now myself being in possession of a MacBook Air, the time had come when I absolutely needed a wireless router. So I drove straight from the Apple Store to Best Buy and bought a router. I then spent ALL afternoon fucking with the router to try to get it to work and no dice. Long story short, I didn’t get the router working until Wednesday (!). So all that stuff took a big bite out of my week’s productivity.
I wrote several more paragraphs after this but then WordPress lost it. I didn’t write anything terribly important. Talk to you next week.