The bus went way to fast to school today. When I got off it, I suddenly felt something wet on my back. Because of the bumps in the road, my water bottle got crushed in my backpack, where my expensive apple laptop always is. As I already spilled water on my laptop last year and lost 1800 dollars because of it, I got pissed and stressed.
Now I'm letting it dry next to me, and I'm typing on desktop at school. If it is broken, I have officially lost another 1800 dollars. After working 10 months to get my money back, that's not a lot of fun.
I just started breathing deeply and it worked a bit. Will eat bone broth soon to get calmer too. If my hard drive is broken, there is no way I'll pass my exams. If I don't pass my exams, I'll probably get sick from the insane stress. That would be the second time I can't enjoy summer.
UPDATE : my laptop survived for some strange, miraculous reason. I'm gonna buy a bottle of champagne for the guy that helped me at school, and I want to thank you all for the support and great advice. I just put it in a warm spot for 7 whole days and gave him so meat to recover :) Oh man this is a relief.
How would you deal with these kind of situations?
Do not power the laptop on. Place it in a sealed bag of uncooked rice after removing the battery.
Also 1800 is too much money. I spend less than $800.00 on my laptops...
Make sure you don't walk around with the laptop in a bag of rice...
Emotionally ... I've learned to let stuff like that go. This wasn't a person-to-person act of mean-spiritedness, it was a freak accident. You should "worry" about getting a new one if you need it, not worry over a situation you cannot change.
While bad diet and lifestyle can destabilize the mind, this is a pretty potent stresser irrespective of diet. I think you are going to have to try to train your mind to let it go - there's no magic-mood-fixer.
Technically ... this is why I always backup. Machines are horribly fickle. I've had laptops that lasted 3 years, and I've also gone through 3 in 1 year. Also, and not to be mean at a moment like this, but: stop carrying your water bottle in your backpack! Maybe affix it to the bag on the outside, if possible.
The best way to deal with stress is to keep excessive stress out of your life in the first place, to the extent that you can.
Backups are a good thing, and the Mac makes it easy - the software is built-in, or you can use Dropbox, carbonite, etc. For $100 you could have a backup drive sitting at home and feel much less worried.
The other thing I learnt from travelling daily with a laptop for school and work for about the last decade is that neoprene laptop sleeves are worth their weight in gold. Get one that fits tight, and it'll help to absorb bumps and shocks while travelling. Takes the edge off any accidental knocks, drops, or falls. Neoprene is also water resistant.
I also have programmer friends who swear by "subversion," a revision tracking system developed for programmers to manage their code. Host it on a remote server, and you can always be backed up and more easily collaborate with others. After a few hard drive failures/spilled wine bottles, etc. you learn that this stuff will keep happening, and you just need to be able to keep on working!
I'm not sure this helps, but I've found the best way of managing stress is the realize that you have very little control over most things. I have a high stress job: constant deadlines, projects get shuffled and I have control over very little of it. And, if things are slower, that means less $, so that is stressful, too. I can't control any of those things, all I can do is put one foot in front of another and continue. I used to fret, but I've tried to let it go. I have a good 25 more years of work, so... I have to do it without giving myself a heart attack. Takeaway: It's more about your reaction than the world you are in. Sounds trite, but it's true.
This is definitely a stressful situation. I'm sorry to hear about it and I know that it sucks. It's never good when money goes down the tubes, especially these days. It's even worse when work and productivity is lost.
I'm helping an old buddy on his organic produce farm right now. Yesterday he was disking a large field with one tractor while I was on another tractor tilling the field behind him. A rock became lodged in the tiller and burned out the clutch for the power take off. It happened fast. So, there we were at 2 o'clock out of commission for the rest of the day. A replacement part will need to be ordered and the implement repaired. My friend looked at me and said, "that's farming." It stinks. It means lost money and productivity. He and I are both in our late thirties. I think that after a lifetime of these sorts of things your coping skills do improve, or should improve (I suppose that they don't always). It doesn't mean that it doesn't suck or isn't a tough pill to swallow.
The point is that when I was in school, breaking a computer would have had a different impact on me than breaking a farm implement did yesterday. Life gets better, but you have to forge through the tough times to get there.
In the meantime , let's keep our fingers crossed that the computer will dry out and magically start working and I can get this equipment fixed so we can both get back to work ASAP!
Better than rice is crystal cat litter. It's basically silica, the same stuff they put in those little desiccant packages in things (the ones that say "do not eat" on them). I've rescued so many wet electronics with that stuff. Also online are instructions to take MacBooks apart. I've done that too and put in warm spot with a fan. Good luck!
My Mum used to say "worse things happen at sea."
And they do. You can listen to the world news today and realise that on this planet there are uncountable people who had a tragedy that broke their lives in a way you can't imagine. Meanwhile, you are in good enough shape to use the internet and get the help of strangers.
So, if your hard drive is broken you can't pass your exams? Probably, once you calm down and plan for that contingency, you can figure out a way. What happens if you fail your exams? Well, you get another shot later. Or you do something else. Later on in life, it will have worked out. Some of mental toughness is about looking at things as they are, accepting them, and making new plans. Ask yourself what the worst thing that can happen is, and then make a plan for it. It's a thing that you can learn.
I hear you buddy. I keep my Macbook on a cooling stand, so just incase there's a spill, it would be above it.
One day, I had a nice tall big mug of green tea next to it, that I knocked over right over on top of the keyboard, when I went to answer the phone, so most of it went right in! D'oh!
I immediately powered it off and put it upside down and let it drain and dry for several days before turning it back on, and it survived. But a few months later it died. Apple said it was out of warranty and since it had evidence of water damage, it wouldn't have been covered by AppleCare anyway.
These things happen, be as careful as you can be, and even then, accidents happen.
Water bottles should be on the outside of your backpack - most have a mesh pocket on the outside just for this kind of thing. You can also get a neoprene sleeve to cover it, though it won't be waterproof.
You might consider getting a Hackintosh notebook instead, and then take the $1800 and buy some shares of APPL instead.
In any case, it's just a bunch FRNs -- you can always get another. It'll just take some time to save up. And anyhow, you get to upgrade to the latest model this way. :)