RIP Mad Hatter (a eulogy to my recently departed laptop)


So I know that for those of you not following me on twitter, this might come as a bit of a shock, but my laptop passed away last week. After battling various viruses, undergoing numerous operations, the Mad Hatter has finally succumbed to old age (well it was 8 years old in acer-computer years, which means it was roughly 200 in human years πŸ˜‰ ).

I’d like to say the bastard died in its sleep, but unfortunately he took the β€œdo not go gently into that good night” approach, stuttering out of existence in the same way he lived: loudly and with as much fuss as possible (it’s probably thanks to all that damn poetry I’ve fed it over the years). Finally, however, it decided to go to sleep, with the thoughtful message that it would not be turning back on again.

As you might have gathered, we were not friends- in fact I was mildly abusive to him- but someone ought to deliver his eulogy- someone that knew him best- and that someone was me. I was the one to piece this Frankenstein’s monster back together and he repaid me in kind by crashing on me while I was doing my dissertation. Ahh good times.

Anyway, I think it’s time I addressed the Mad Hatter directly: we went through hell together- mostly due to your monstrous unreliability from the early days- and a little big part of me is glad to see the back of you, but I still shed tears at your passing (of frustration). May you rest (in pieces) and find solace in your eternal slumber under my bed (until I start rummaging through you trying to see if I can salvage any last bits from your hard drive).

Alright- I think that about sums it all up. Sorry I’ve not been active online this last week- I scheduled my posts and then everything went kaput. But it’s time to move on to bigger and better things. For where there is death, there is also life… welcome to the world Harry Potter!



94 thoughts on “RIP Mad Hatter (a eulogy to my recently departed laptop)

      • Bookstooge says:

        Funny that. Mine just kicked the bucket. Thankfully I have an spare that’s the same age, so I just transferred the ram to the “new to me” laptop to give it some life. Now I just have to take the old harddrive out and figure out how to transfer everything from the old to the new. I suspect that is going to be my project this weekend. Thankgoodness I had a week of star wars posts already schedule πŸ™‚

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        • theorangutanlibrarian says:

          Oh I’m sorry to hear that. That’s good though. Yeah I’m currently wondering if I can save anything off the old harddrive (nearly all of my important docs and a lot of my unimportant ones are backed up *somewhere* but I’ve still lost things I couldn’t get off in time- so I’m thinking that’s something I’m going to want to try at some point). That’s lucky as well- I was pretty lucky all my posts for the week were scheduled as well when this happened πŸ™‚

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  1. Matthew Wright says:

    Sorry to hear about the Mad Hatter – but hurrah for your new friend Harry Potter! Woohoo! I must confess that the computers and devices in my household all derive their names from the Goons… who nobody ever remembers these days…

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  2. Kristina Steiner says:

    I hate it when that happens. My previous laptop was Toshiba and we were frenemies since the moment I brought it home. I had it for 4 years when the screen started showing up pink and green lines. A few months before that it of course blessed me the blue “death” screen. I fought it but the bastard flipped me off and went black. I managed to save everything though. So… ha ha.
    Now I have Lenovo Ideapad and I don’t want to say I’m happy with it cause something is bound to get wrong (it’s been a hectic 1.5 months in general).
    I hate looking for new technology. There is always just this slight difference between models and then somehow you wind up with more money spent.
    What are your plans for a new one?

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      hahahaha oh gosh I really relate to that πŸ˜‰ Oh gosh, yeah my last laptop had the blue screen of death as well- fortunately my mum was working at a school at the time- and the IT teacher managed to save it!
      Yeah I really get what you mean about looking for new tech- it always ends up being such a headache- no matter how prepared/how much you’ve researched.
      And I’ve got a new one (an HP) already, cos I was basically waiting a year for the last one to die, so more or less knew what I wanted (naturally it was still a hassle though πŸ˜‰ )


      • Kristina Steiner says:

        It’s a huge headache. I was using the old one despite the screen issue and did my research and I told myself I’m going to get a really good laptop this time. But it was still so stressful.
        Oh gosh…what happened last week! I didn’t see the charger cord and tripped over it, pulled the laptop down with it and I broke the metal tip of the charger! I was so mad and I could only be mad at myself. I seriously wanted to punch myself!!! And now find it in India when you bought the thing in EU. I hope I can still use it for a long time because I don’t want to deal with it. I’m an idiot is the conclusion of the story.

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  3. Norrie says:

    Aw, sorry about your laptop!
    This made me crack up and snort tho: he took the β€œdo not go gently into that good night” approach…
    Ooops… πŸ˜€ It’s only fitting that something that is 200 in human years will die a dramatic death i think.

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  4. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    My condolences on the loss of your laptop. 😦
    But wow it lasted eight years?! My laptop is on its last legs at the moment (it’s one wrong move from the monitor being completely detached from the keyboard) and I’ve only had it maybe half that time (four and a half years I think).
    I loved this post though, have you got a new laptop ready to go? Or are you still shopping around? I used to have an Acer laptop and I’ve always thought they were a relatively good laptop maker.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Thank you so much!! I, er, backup the most important stuff? I’m not going to lie, I lost some stuff I couldn’t get off in time (I was having trouble for a few weeks, so was trying to get as much stuff off as possible… with varying degrees of success) Main point is- I’ve backed up the most important stuff and lost some photos/music, so no biggie!

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  5. Stephanie says:

    I’m sorry for your loss…lol. I’m not sure I ever had a laptop last 8 years except for my Mac…my PCs usually last about 3-4 yrs because I have an unfortunate habit of spills, drops, etc that I can blame on my kids. Maybe I should try naming mine since I just replaced it in November…great idea! And woohoo for Harry Potter!

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  6. Jia Xuan says:

    This is a mildly touching post! RIP Mad Hatter, but if this Mad Hatter is anything like the Mad Hatter in the book, it’s all too possible that some time in the far future it would activate itself mysteriously, making yet another dramatic complaint as it groans into life. But we’ll stop that here.

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  7. Sharon Bonin-Pratt says:

    Can I sign you up to write my eulogy? Doesn’t matter if you know me or not, you’ll do a great job and keep everyone from crying – unless they’re tears of laughter.

    Oh, and welcome to the Orangutan Library, New Computer. You’ve got a big desk top to fill.

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  8. Sarah says:

    Hehehe! This was one awesome piece of eulogy!! πŸ˜‚ Rest in pieces – just perfect!! πŸ˜„ The king is dead, long live the king – all the best to your new best buddy Harry Potter! (Btw I think it’s awesome you give your laptops a name, I have an aunt who does that with her cars as well. πŸ˜„) πŸ’•

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  9. Yesha - Books Teacup and Reviews says:

    Acer was my first laptop. I used it 5 years and after my marriage I gave it to my brother. It also needed lots of operations, changed almost all parts of it at one point, except screen. It’s now 10 yrs old and still working.
    My current laptop Lenovo is 5 yrs old now. I know it’s not fair but I hate it now looking at those glassy bright picture perfect screens of new laptops. I guess I will use it until it die. Looking at it’s condition it’s not going to happen soon. I guess all my laptop will live until the end of the world. πŸ˜†

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  10. CJR The Brit says:

    I just bought a new laptop after mine died and now I am slapping myself that I didn’t save up a bit more for a better one as my new HP is frankly shit! I want to launch it out the window everytime I turn it on and it takes 5 years to boot up!

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