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Laptops: A blessing or a curse?

When I got my first laptop, I loved the exhilarating freedom of whipping it out anytime I "needed" it. No matter where I am, I could work on a project, balance a budget, or play a video game. Years later, despite its "convenience", I'm dangerously married to my laptop.

It's with me virtually everywhere. On the bus, at work, at home, in bed. And yes, it even goes with me to the toilet--the perfect time for multi-tasking, right? According to my estimate, I spend twice as much time looking at an LCD screen than high-definition reality.

My laptop, supposedly handy, is now just an easy excuse to work (or procrastinate) at any time, all the time. I need help, and it's time for an intervention.

Do you have an unhealthy marriage with your laptop? Have you switched back to desktops? How have you coped? Please share.

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Total Laptop Addict

Due to: 1. Tiny Sony laptop, less than 1kg with 6 hours battery time. I leave the house with it tucked under my arm and no cords 2. Mobile broadband card 3. Totally sucked into WoW.

'nuff said. Look me up on WoW sometime (Nagrand, Alistria ;P)

On a serious note, I've never taken my lappy in the bathroom but I used to sprawl out on the rug with it, sofas, beds, you name it. Don't. It's really bad for your posture and your wrists and you will end up with rather bad RSI (like I have :(). As much as you might love the mobility of being able to use your lappy anywhere, if you arent sitting at a desk with it invest in something that will keep your laptop and your mouse at a healthy angle like a laptop stable table or lecturn.




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