I was forced to take a break due to my previous computer giving up the ghost.
For someone who is unemployed however despite the fact that my health is not good suffering from Acromegaly which has led to other issues including Osteoarthritis a computer is something I have to access everyday.
That is because I have to look for jobs and make applications daily and if I haven't access at home , I have to complete my "agreement" BY accessing via a Library or my local jobcentre.
I am lucky in that being 62 I have a Bus Pass so would not see myself paying a daily fare .
Supposing you were forced to attend your local Library or Jobcentre and had to travel Monday to Friday incurring a cost of a modest £15 a week from already your meagre allowance? How much of a burden would that be?
I was also fortunate in that my local Library being closed by our Labour council, it has reopened due the valiant effort of our local community.
Readers of this Blog may sense of hypocrisy from this writer, because when it was proposed that we should seek to retain our Library by staffing it with volunteers , I argued that I was not taking part in this. Because if it was successful. It would encourage the council to close more Libraries.
I still worry that might happen but having seen what the people who have taken over the Library have achieved . I have become a volunteer myself .
The Library has become a hub of our Villages of Beddau and Tynant once again , not only providing Library and Computer services but a centre for numerous groups and WEA lectures and ironically a place for our local Labour councillors to hold surgeries.
Indeed it is probably more indispensable than it was previously and I must apologise for my failure to join in from the start..
So if you live in a community that is threatened with Libary closures to follow the example of Beddau and seek to take it over.
Because waiting for a change in government or council will not result in your Library being reopened in a few years.
On another note even if you do have access to a computer at home , you may not be able to afford Microsoft's Office word processing facilities.
There are alternatives in Apache Open Office which is free to download and contains nearly everything most of us needs , Word processor, Spreadsheet which are compatible with Microsoft products.
However because such a download can come with some unwanted programmes you may want to copy me and paying £5 or £6 pounds for a disc which will install Office.