Saturday, April 12, 2014

Good bye old computer, hello Win8.1

It is time to say goodbye to an old friend, my 10 year old Compaq with Windows XP. It served me well and is still limping along, but it struggles to keep up with modern programs and downloads. It had reached a point where it could no longer play music or videos.

Sad, really, like watching your dog get old.

So now I went and bought myself a brand-spanking-new HP Envy with Win8.1 It'll take me some time to get used to it.

A further problem is that there is no telling which, if any, of my favorite programs will run on Win8.1.

On the bright side, it is a fresh start and the new machine is sooooo much faster than my old one. They are technologically worlds apart. Of course, I already had to go back to the computer store because the adapter that allows me to use my existing monitor was defective.

Setting up a new machine is a pause in the action that give me a chance to look over the previous era to see what happened, much like doing your taxes gives you a chance to look at a business's number for the year and to see how much money you spent on Chinese food.

For instance, since December of 2004 when my old machine went online, I have received 3732 Nigeria scam emails. I know this because they amuse me and I stuck them in an email folder. Without doing too much math, that is an average of more than one per day.

Now I'll delete that folder and start over to see how many the Win8.1 era brings. Let's hope the new Win8.1 machine lasts me as long as my XP machine did!


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