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Friends, we are gathered here today to celebrate the life of a very special piece of machinery. I met her back in the year 2000, when she was called EVADNE. Yes, she had that name even before I did. It would be the first of many names she would hold, including LUNA (to match the other two computers in the house, MOTHER EARTH and SOL) and AURORA (because I eventually name everything Aurora).

I had known other computers before her, but in their hearts, they had always belonged to someone else. Sure, I could play my adventure games (e.g., 1001 Ways to Kill Yourself) and look up The Pretender fanfiction on them, but I knew they preferred my mother’s genealogy programs. EVADNE was the first computer to love me for me.

We had some great times together, especially back in my college days. I introduced her to Napster, before he sold out. I wrote my first idiotic fanfiction on her, and I still have that file, converted from WordPerfect to Word, to this day. We got involved in some viral trouble back in 2002, but I got her into detox before it was too late.

I admit now, at this late date, that I had a fling with a laptop (the aforementioned SOL) in 2003-2004, but she was always my first love. It’s just that shouldn’t could travel with me, even if I wished she could. Also, she couldn’t play DVDs, but that tiff ended when I bought myself a DVD player.

She was never the fastest computer, and she always had memory problems, but when that mysterious virus struck her down, we were all so surprised. Despite her limitations, she fought a long, hard battle, and if it hadn’t been for the failure of the Function keys, she may still have pulled through. Alas, it was not to be.

Her gritty grey box monitor, her three-minute boot time, her Zip Drive: I will miss them all. But she will not disappear from this earth in its entirety. Her parts will be recycled, and someone else will someday use a computer comprised of her parts. Perhaps even me. (Though not this next computer, because that’s already ordered.)

Goodbye, old friend. Godspeed.

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Date: 2009-01-23 06:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] capri-chan.livejournal.com
I wish I could understand how you felt. Alas, my last computer earned his name of Piece O'Crap, so other than the "Damn, my computer died" feeling, I don't know what it's like. One of the very few good things I can say about old Piece was that he was kind enough to let finish backing up my files before he died a few hours later.

In other news, taking this one class at college, and I noticed that the teacher wrote the book for the class. My mind immediately leapt to this (http://evadne-noel.livejournal.com/34546.html).

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Date: 2009-01-23 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] evadne-noel.livejournal.com
I hope someday you will find a computer to love as your very own. It's a very special feeling.

Wow, that's a blast from the past. Professors: still as evil as Snape.

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Date: 2009-01-23 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] irishmastermind.livejournal.com
Oh no! My condolences! I got my first computer in 2003, and I cannot even imagine what I would do if it died. We've had a couple battles with viruses and the like, but he's always pulled through so far. But I always worry about that unavoidable someday, when he just won't wake up one morning. D:

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Date: 2009-01-23 08:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] evadne-noel.livejournal.com
It's horrible feeling, especially when it's a lingering death like AURORA's was. It's weird to see how much you rely on them and don't realize it until they're gone. :(

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Date: 2009-01-23 11:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queenofspades.livejournal.com
I'm afraid my dear Turd Ferguson is about to crash pretty soon. He's as slow and unresponsive as a beta IBM. :(

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Date: 2009-01-26 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] evadne-noel.livejournal.com
The slow decline is always so depressing. I wish you luck with Turd and whatever (whenever) his successor will be.

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Date: 2009-01-24 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] priscillapuck.livejournal.com
Well, at least you gave her a kind send-off. Most of us aren't as understanding as you were (Piece O'Crap and Turd Ferguson say it all) and I wish you strong, exciting computing with this next baby until at least 2015.

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Date: 2009-01-26 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] evadne-noel.livejournal.com
Thanks, man. There's still a while before the new one comes, but I get excited thinking about it. It's easy to love the old computer when a new one is around the corner.

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