Wherefore art thou, Megageth?
Little over a month ago, I finally bought myself a laptop – long overdue, as anyone who knew my prehistoric desktop with its manky keyboard can attest to. I made this purchase in Chur at the Media Markt, which made me feel as if I were an extra in The Simpsons.
Buying a computer in a foreign language isn´t easy. And if you´re a Luddite like me, buying a computer is never easy, even in your mother tongue. Oh, why did I not follow through with my original plan of asking Megageth to help me before I left South Africa?
Somehow managed to choose a model that didn´t break the bank, although I think it might break my back carrying it around. Credit card cameras are so 20th century – what I really want is a credit card computer. But you can´t quite get those yet, at least not within my price range… So am now the proud owner of a shiny new Toshiba Satellite L40-12X.
As the sales assistant quickly discovered, my decision was primarily based upon the fact that the laptop was “cheap”. But 20 minutes of negotiation wasn´t enough for him to grasp the contradictions of my personality, even though his English was decent.
When it came to choosing a laptop bag, he had his priorities all wrong. “This one is very cheap!” he beamed, pointing at a particularly nasty speciman. I defiantly chose a Samsonite case, which was far from cheap. Style over substance, baby!
When I got home, I managed to switch on computer; install Windows Vista (“Are you sure you want the English version?” Bill Gates asked me. “Yes!” I clicked, with some irritation); connect to the internet; download Firefox; download Adobe; download iTunes (“Will you sell your soul to Apple?” Steve Job asked me. “Yes!” I clicked, “Now where is my free MacBook Pro?); and download AVG – all by myself. Sorted, and not such a Luddite after all. I still have to buy a copy of Word though – it sucks not being a student.