Freelance translators spend a lot of time waiting: waiting for assignments to come through; waiting for a few days to bill a client (to try and disguise how quickly they managed to earn x amount of [insert relevant currency here]); waiting for their full-time friends to finish work at five o’clock… and we’re all quite used to waiting for our computers to do things: like sending emails with large attachments, loading webpages, and, oh yeah, booting up! – a topic that just so happens to lead me (at last!) to the gist of this post: ‘How much time do you spend each year waiting for your computer to boot up?’.
…and, to help you arrive at your answer, here’s some simple (some might say too simple) math:
Let’s assume translators work five days a week and look at their computers (to check their emails) at least once a day at weekends. Let’s also assume that they use a computer at work. So, in other words, with Christmas Day being the only exception (please), let’s assume translators turn their computer on every day of the year. That being the case, the equation to use is:
(drum roll please…)
Using my very-own two-year-old Mac (which is crammed full of applications that I hardly ever use and should really delete) as an example:
…and let’s not even get started on how long it takes to shutdown and install updates!
How much time do you spend each year waiting for your computer to boot up?