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Recipe To Destroy A Medical Student's Will To Live

NewaaronAaron Singh -- Easy peasy. Step 1: Get said medical student's laptop to die, preferably under mysterious circumstances and without warning (bonus points if you can squeeze in one of those head-poundingly irritating “illegal operation” error messages). Step 2: Make popcorn. Step 3: Watch, laugh, and eat popcorn as said medic goes crazy and bounces from one IT department to another like a pinball flicked by Mike Tyson.

I know it sounds weird, but anyone who's ever lost a laptop will know exactly what I mean. It's like having a part of your life ripped out of you, dangled tantalisingly in front of you whilst you jump through hoops to get it back, then pulled away just as you make a final leap for it only to fall flat on your face to the sound of canned laughter. (What's that you say? If you have to read any more of my metaphors YOU'LL lose your will to live? Okay, okay. Sheesh.)

Seriously though, just like in many other places, laptops become indispensable in med school. Remember Kendra's old post about having her notes stolen and literally combing the entire town for them in a panicked frenzy? Well, my notes are on my laptop, along with my dissertation drafts, my 'Productive Mode' study music (hey, I'm terminally lazy, okay? don't judge me) and three years' worth of photographic memories. But one day it just goes on the blink without explanation, and I spend the next few days shuttling it between the College and University IT departments with enough desperate efficiency to get a job at FedEx. To cut a long story short, in the end my laptop came back to me with its hard drive wiped and no explanation of what went wrong (sneaky buggers, these laptops). Fortunately for me, I had all my essential data backed up, but a week without my laptop made me realise just how dependent I am on this thing.

Lesson learnt: back up anything important. And for heaven's sake, buy a Mac if you can afford it.

March 18, 2008 | Permalink


Mister Angry Aaron,
You lives! and so does your computer! So come on home, dammit!

Posted by: tracy | Mar 19, 2008 10:55:49 AM

uh, i mean...well done, my dearest medical student...how goes the BsC year? And how is Professor Barron-Cohen? All is well i hope. Miss you very much.
kindest regards, tracy

Posted by: tracy | Mar 19, 2008 10:58:01 AM

thats why you should never use a PC. get a mac and that never ever happens.

Posted by: jeff | Mar 19, 2008 6:45:51 PM

yeah a mac is a better investment for medical students.especially for those who use a lot of files sharing (all the lecturer notes and what not you know)

Posted by: dLa | Mar 20, 2008 1:36:51 PM

worst. nightmare. ever.

but at least you did have most of the data backed up. i learned that lesson the painful way as well.

and yes, macs rule. especially my very cute pink one.

Posted by: Kendra | Mar 20, 2008 2:32:57 PM

Interesting article.

Posted by: Atif | Apr 23, 2008 11:22:17 AM

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