I finally had to cut the cord. My old laptop just wasn’t going to make the grade when I upgraded Explorer this week; it was originally a re-furbish, so it was about six. Ancient for a laptop and SLOW. So knowing that it would only get worse, I trundled myself up to the computer store last weekend. Obviously I am part of a large contingent of folks who waited until the very last minute to do something about this week’s looming deadline.
You all know that while I am fully capable to doing research if I care about something, too much time thinking about computers doesn’t fill me with elan. I went into the store, found a salesperson (so so young), told him what I use a computer for at home along with my price range. He showed me three different computers and I chose one. 10 minutes. I spent longer standing in line to pay for it than I did choosing it.
Now comes the hard part – learning how to negotiate the new systems and software. I remember in my Software Etc. days that software would come in big packages… several disks and a LOT of manual. These days you get a piece of cardboard with a website and a license number. My first thought when I opened the box and turned it on was “I am lost in space here”. Three hours later, I am up and running. Not proficient yet at getting around or typing on the new keyboard, but at least I’ve got security, internet and, most importantly, OverDrive (for listening to audio books)!
What’s the last book you listened to? (Or read…..)