My Totally Wonderful Son-In-Law designed and built an awesome new computer for my birthday present. This is only the third new computer I’ve had, starting with Windows 3.1 in 1994 when I began computing.
As you can tell I don’t update often. Getting something new is stressful for me, as it shoves me out of my comfort zone. So I try to avoid it.
This goes for cars, hair styles, furniture, appliances, clothes—especially clothes. I actually hate wearing new clothes. When I had to dress professionally every day, I would buy clothes and wear them around the house for a while before wearing them to work where someone always said “Oh, is that new?” and I could say, “What, this old thing?”
Even though I have a couple of closets full of clothes now, they all pretty much look alike. I have picked things that never go out of style because they are never in style. There are also some great thrift shop finds where I have been able to buy someone else’s comfort zone.
My old computer worked except some of the updates were fighting me, I was getting weird error messages, and my virus program completely turned on me. Then a couple of weeks ago I got the blue screen of death briefly...software makers plotting against my comfort zone.
My computing needs are simple, writing, blogging, photos, email, screwing around with graphics, a YouTube addiction, and an occasional game of hearts.
TWSIL understood my foibles and designed the computer with programs I use and programs that will be fun and useful to learn. He loaded all my files and imported my email addresses. It is my old computer, but bigger, faster, quieter, smoother, smarter, more attractive, more current, and far less annoying.
I now have a 500 gig HD and even with all my files loaded, the “used space” is only a needlelike sliver. It is Windows XP, an Intel Core2 Quad 9400 with 4 gig RAM, a Samsung DVD and CD burner, an ASUS DVD drive, and a Samsung floppy drive. The Samsung burner came with Nero 8 essentials for CD and DVD burning and movie/photo editing, and some other stuff I haven’t explored. There are two cooling fans, but it is completely silent.
And not to sound too girly, it has a beautiful matte finished black case with a cool electric blue turn on switch and a fluffy pink Poodle perched on top.
So thank you again, SIL, who really should read my blog to find out how TW he is, don’t you think?