I lost my computer not to long ago to old age. It had been ailing for awhile and I had gotten very frustrated, my patience was running out and repairs were not working. Facing facts, I started researching replacements for when the inevitable happened.
A lot of my friends are Mac users and of course they pushed me to consider the wonders of the Mac. In the past, I’d stuck with PCs because it would be way to expensive to invest in all new software. Now that most of my software is in the Cloud, this just might have been the time to make the big change. Notice, I said might. My husband let me entertain the idea for awhile and was even ready to push the button that would have one sent to my door. My son, on the other hand, was dead set against the purchase. Not only would a PC cost less for a faster computer with more memory and RAM but most important – I wouldn’t have to be without a computer for an extended period if anything happened and it had to be sent off for repair.
Death came a little quicker than expected. One minute I was surfing the web and the next, everything was frozen; a quick reboot showed nothing but a black screen. There I was, still undecided and bereft.
There are times I make fun of society’s reliance on technology to get through the day. I always felt like it would be no big deal to revert to the old days when there was no internet and the computer was just for typing, if you had the patience ( they were very slow…) I thought I could deal with it, no problem; within 5 minutes I was in panic mode! I couldn’t believe how many things I needed to “know right now”! Yes, I have an old laptop and an iPad and an iPhone but none of it filled the void.
I spent the evening curled up on the sofa while my husband and son debated the pros and cons of so many models – it was overwhelming and everything had to be ordered to get just what I needed. My panic grew worse with each turn in the discussion.
We settled on I Buy Power. After configuring the perfect replacement, we looked at Best Buy once more – they now carry I Buy Power models. The model they carry is not as high end but with $50 I got the extra RAM I needed and it has slots for 6 drives; I now have 16G Ram and 6T of memory all for less than $1,000! Pretty good so far.
Since I had plenty of warning that the end was near, I had dutifully backed up all my data so that I’d have 2 sets of backup just in case. The part that I had been most afraid of was syncing Lightroom with all my thousands of photos. Once I renamed my hard drive to match the name of my old one, the syncing was painless. And I was also able to sync with my backup service without a hitch. Done! NOT…
Things I wish I’d paid attention to:
- I have all my passwords stored in one place with a fairly accurate list of usernames but I still ran into problems with one website and I couldn’t even find another one – forgot it had a – in the name
- I backed up all my files and then spent a loooong day updating Quicken and reconciling bank records AND I forgot to update my backup….repeat work followed
- bookmarks! I don’t know if there is a way to carry them to a new computer but I could at least have made note of them
- I wish I’d kept track of all the software I’d uploaded – I’m lucky, there is only one that I still need to find
- be prepared for a steep learning curve if you have to learn a new operating system – Windows 10 has a lot of quirks and while Googleing helped with most of them, I still struggle to find answers to some issues
- be patient; I thought I had my main printer hooked up but when I went to use it – another 3 hours went by before we figured out the problems after installing new drivers twice!
All in all, after 10 days, things are going pretty smooth – that is until I find there is something else….
11-4-07 — 10-4-2015
HP-C4280 succumbed to hard drive failure @4:42 pm Sunday 10-4-15. HP -C4280 was in decline for several months but was stoic to the end. As his condition worsened, he could no longer hide behind ‘Not Responding’ notices; his raspy breathing forewarned the end. All attempts at resuscitation failed.
True to his unending loyalty, HP-C4280 backed up all his data, hoping to make the transition less painful for those he left behind. HP-C4280 went one step further, he became an organ donor. The 3T of storage he left behind will be well used and much appreciated.
HP-C4280 is survived by his lovely owner, Susan Jones who is struggling to make it through the day without him. Her iPad and phone cannot fill the void he left behind.
HP-C4280 performed his job well, he will be missed.