So, back in the fall of 1L, the hinge on my laptop broke. The laptop still functioned without issue; but its portability was gone. Repairing it was going to cost just short of $200, so I opted to get a second machine. I got a netbook because they are super portable, and everything worked out fine.
I use the laptop like it's a desktop computer, and I take the netbook to and from school. Sometime around finals, I email myself all the notes on my netbook so I can put them on my "desktop" so I can outline (the laptop screen is so much larger/outlining friendly). I take exams on the netbook, because it's portable.
Sometime in late September/early October, my netbook started acting up, battery wise, and kept giving me the "consider replacing your battery" message. And I did. But, my netbook is an Asus EEE PC. And finding a replacement battery wasn't easy. I finally did though, and I ordered it on October 23.
It never arrived, and I never heard from the seller. So I started a dispute via PayPal, and after ignoring me for a week, the seller refunded my money without issue. Except that I didn't have a new netbook battery. And my netbook had been getting considerably testier.
On Monday, I noticed the battery hadn't charged. I couldn't remember if I had plugged it in over the weekend. No matter which way I turned my power cord or which outlet I plugged it into, it wouldn't charge. I emailed myself all the notes I had on my netbook, just in case it gave up on life. I felt very proud of myself for my "quick" thinking. My netbook died. It has yet to come back to life.
Meanwhile, I've been giving myself little mental congratulations about saving my notes and not panicking or throwing a fit about my netbook. And my mom found a new battery and ordered it for me, so I'll eventually be able to use it again, if only to retrieve all of my things from it. Thanks, mom.
Tonight I began to study for my corporations final. As I listened to the BarBri lecturer and filled in my outline, I wanted to look at my in class notes in Corporations. I was a very diligent in class notetaker in Corporations, for about half the semester. Blue for new class material, green for material we covered that I already had in my notes, lots of "quotes" from the professor... But, I also had several other student's outlines, and eventually my diligence dissipated and I fell off the wagon.
And then I realized. I don't have any of my in class Corporations notes. They're all on my netbook. And because I had other student's outlines, I hadn't remembered/thought to get my in class Corporations notes. So, my very valuable to me in class notes are now resting in peace on my netbook. Not to be accessible until Christmas ish. Cool. And the Corporations final is on Saturday. Not a chance of in time arrival.
This isn't a huge deal. It isn't the end of the world. It's not the same as having a computer crash and losing everything. I know that. Mostly, it's an inconvenience and a disappointment to me. That's all.
So, the moral of the story is, being a diligent note taker ends up being a waste of time and not mattering anyway.
Or, in the alternate, that I should have backed up those notes before.