New Computer

We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.

Okay, everybody who enjoys getting a new computer and loading all the software onto it stand up and shout. I don’t hear you. How about the joy of building a whole new set of favorites? Hooking up to a home network so your new computer can communicate with your other one or run your printer?

Would you rather do all that once or twice? I thought so.

About five or six weeks ago, I decided to give my wife my desktop computer, since she preferred it to hers anyhow. I bought a new laptop to use both at home and when I’m away, and I gave her old one to a friend who reconditions them and gives them to people who can’t afford to buy new ones.

Since my desktop is several years old and hers was older than that, we both got upgrades out of the deal. And since she’d been using mine 90% of the time anyway, she had no learning curve or new installation or download process to go through. Me—well, that’s a different story.

I loved my new laptop, but I had a lot of work to do. First of all, every new computer comes with a bunch of junk loaded on it that I have no use for, so I had to try to figure out what to delete or disable and what I’d better leave alone—you know, just in case . . .

Then I had to drag out the CDs for all the software I had loaded on my old computer and install them onto the new one. What a crock! How come every time a program gets installed I have to reboot the computer? Oh, well.

When I downloaded Tweetdeck, I got a new version that’s a bunch of cra not as user-friendly as the old one. I fumbled around for a couple of weeks trying to adapt to it before I discovered how to download the old version.

Of course, I had to start saving websites to my favorites so I could get to them once again. Seems like I never find all the ones I want.

I don’t even try to work with my local network. I throw up my hands and call my tech buddy to come deal with it.

After three or four weeks, I finally had the printer working and probably 80% to 90% of what I wanted in place. Then the computer decided it didn’t want to boot up. I called my tech buddy, and he led me through everything he could think of to try to make it work, but nothing did. He finally told me to take it back to Best Buy. He was sure the Geeks could remedy the problem.

One of the Geeks worked on it for maybe ten minutes before deciding it had died and I needed a new one. I was actually one day beyond my thirty-day period for a free exchange, but they were kind enough to give me a new one anyway. As a matter of fact, the price had dropped about $30, so they gave me a credit for the difference. That’s about the only good thing I can find about all this.

Once I got home, I started dragging out all those CDs I’d so recently put up and reloading software. And downloading Twitter and Facebook and all that stuff, along with Yahoo and Google toolbars. Of course, half the stuff I installed came with its own toolbars, some of which installed themselves without asking me if I wanted them.

Then I had to try to find my Tweetdeck 0.38.2 again. I had carefully saved the information for downloading this, but I haven’t been able to figure out where I saved it. After a week or so of not thanking anyone for mentions and RTs, I finally got the right place to download this from. It’s now up and running, and I think I’ve caught up on thanking people. I hope.

Still got a few pieces of software to install, but I getting there. Now if I can just rebuild my favorites. Ack!

Right now, if I want to print something, I have to load it onto my flash drive and take it over to my desktop computer and print from there. I hope I can get my friend over before too long to remedy that, too.

Have you traded computers and had to go through this recently? If so, I hope only once.

Do you feel overwhelmed by your computer and all the programs we have to load and use, or is it just us old farts senior citizens who have trouble with it?

clip_image001David N. Walker is a Christian father and grandfather, a grounded pilot and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years as a health insurance agent. Most of that career was spent in Texas, but for a few years he traveled many other states. He started writing about 20 years ago, and has six unpublished novels to use as primers on how NOT to write fiction. He is currently putting the finishing touches on his non-fiction Web Wisdom: Godly Thoughts and Inspiration from the Inbox and starting his new fiction work—a series of novellas set during the period from 1860 to 1880.

Contact me at davwalktx@yahoo.com or tweet me at @davidnwalkertx

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22 responses to “New Computer

  1. New computers – no matter how awesome they are – are a pain in the neck. I just had mine serviced, cleaned, etc. And it works like brand new. Most of the letters are worn off the keys. You should see other people trying to use my keyboard!

  2. Oh, David. I feel for you.

    Once upon a time, with my limited knowledge, I was the techno-guru in our family. That lasted about a day or so. Now, I call on #1 Son, aka my technical advisor. When I went to Apple to pick out my first ever laptop almost 2 years ago, he came with me. I picked the colour. The sales person’s first few questions were re-directed to my son, and after that, other than a few asides, the two of them covered all aspects of the transaction… until it came time to pay.

    But… recently we bought a new printer. My DH hasn’t connected his laptop yet, and used to send his docs to house computer (now defunct) or my laptop. Now, he can send docs to our new printer by email. HOW COOL IS THAT?

    Now, before you go any farther, put Brinda Berry (www.brindaberry.com) in your favourites. She is the most techno-savvy writer I know.

  3. It can be frustrating, I know! It is funny, though, imagining you struggling with it and yelling at it. So, I guess the goal here is to become more tech-savvy or grow younger and back out of senior citizenship?

  4. Oh, you are so preaching to the choir David. I DREAD getting a new computer. I have to work with my dreaded Hughesnet too, unless someone comes up with something brilliant for us country folk to use before I get something new. I guess when I do get a new computer, I’ll write a blog post very similar to yours and dedicate the entire post to you.

    Yeah, I can be a Miss smarty-pants now, wait until I start loading those C.D.s. You’ll hear me shrieking all the way to Texas!

  5. Barbara Estinson

    My head hurts just reading about all you’ve been through with that darned new laptop. Good thing it was replaced at no charge … though now you have to do all the work again. I think perhaps you have become more techy savvy that I, Bro. I know who to call when everything frustrates and confuses me on mine …. and that is all I want to know.

    Barb

  6. David, if it makes you feel any better, I’m supposed to be the techno-guru and I HATE getting new computers. I promised my husband elaborate meals and sexual favors just to get him to set up all hardware that enters our house.

    (Truthfully, he’d do it anyway, but I want to feel like I can nag him to get it done. There’s a price to that!)

    I hope the learning/setup curve is over with soon!

  7. I sympathize with your pain. Manufacturers have such a great opportunity to sort all this out with each new OS release and keep people wanting to upgrade and stay with their products, but it hasn’t dawned on them yet. I suck with an old laptop at work for longer than IT wanted because changing is such a pain.

    Cheers!

  8. Oh man, David. I feel for ya! And here I was thinking about saving up for a new laptop. Maybe I don’t want to do that just yet. LOL. It’s definitely not just you “old farts” that dread technology. I’m not so good with it either. And if tweetdeck caused me the problems it did you, I’d be so irritated. As it is, my tweetdeck doesn’t work at my house. ??? I can use it when I’m at coffee shops ok, but have to use regular twitter or triberr or my phone at home. Strange indeed!

    Hang in there! And if you have any questions, I’d ask Jenny. 😀

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  10. I have a netbook, and it is sufficient, but I have been thinking about getting a laptop, just for the bigger screen. One think that is stopping me is exactly that it is such a big deal to change over from computer to computer!

  11. I actually get really excited at the idea of getting a new computer. But I probably don’t do all of the installation and uninstallation that I should. At least not right away. And I’m forever bookmarking stuff that I don’t even look at again anyways so I don’t miss my old bookmarks all that much. I really have to stop bookmarking stuff I’m not going to look at again LOL.

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