Wednesday, December 4, 2019

True Confessions Wednesday: Browser Tabs

True confession #13: I leave my browser tabs open. Lots of them. All the time. On multiple devices.

Can you say “I need to see it?“

Since I use my laptop in class, this has shocked more than one of my students. A few have even offered to “clean up“ my desktop for me. Clearly they don’t understand that their idea of cleaning up my laptop would not be helpful. Hide my tabs??

Still, I am embarrassed. I can’t help feeling as though it somehow makes me less professional.

So, when I took my MacBook into the Apple store because it was having power issues, I asked one of the technicians about this habit, and whether or not it was the cause of the battery issues. He shook his head (in a good way) and assured me it wasn’t a problem. “That’s what this machine was designed for,” he said.

That was all I needed to hear. I mean, I already loved my MacBook and now someone who knew what he was talking about was telling me it was designed for my I need to see it style?

Music to my ears!

And so now, when one of my students is horrified by all of my open browser tabs and/or the collection of colored folders on my MacBook desktop, I remember that technician at the Apple store. I know my plan doesn’t work for everyone, but it doesn’t have to. From time to time, if it’s not working for me, I need to go in and see which tabs need to be closed but, otherwise, it’s my style and I’m sticking to it.

And someday I will read all those tabbed pages.

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