I was just talking the other night to a friend about how dependent on my computer I've become.
It's how I correspond with friends. It's where I do my writing. It's where I look at the photos I take.
I go to the computer to look up interesting facts that I can't quite remember. I use the computer to interact with colleagues when planning conference presentations. It's often where I read the news or find out about current events.
And everything is on my computer: my writing, my teaching stuff, my photos, my address book. Some of that stuff is backed up on an external hard drive; some of it isn't.
Many of you will understand the feeling of panic I had yesterday when I opened my laptop and found myself staring at a blank screen. None of the tips the tech support guy gave me over the phone worked. Instead, I had to drop the computer off at the shop; I'm waiting now to hear whether or not I lost everything on the hard drive.
In the meantime, I'll be taking a little vacation from the internet. And keeping my fingers crossed.