Monday, October 17, 2011

Another New Baby

The Divine Miss M isn't the only one around here who just got a new baby unexpectedly.
My old Dell is going to be celebrating it's 9th birthday on the 4th of February and since it's currently the only computer in the house, DH bought me a new one.  There used to be five computers in the house besides mine.  Girl Far From Home took one to college and the others all died - and I mean really and truly died.

It's a nice, big screen iMac that I haven't a clue how to use because I've always been a PC kinda gal.

Girl Far From Home has a MacBook and The Divine Miss M also wants one so it just made sense that all the family computers should be the same operating system.  It doesn't hurt that we have been hit by nasty viruses that disabled every computer in the house repeatedly over the last couple of years.  The first time they all got attacked it cost me a couple of hundred bucks to get them straightened out.  The second time, my nephew helped and the last time I managed to get most of the crap cleaned off but it kept coming back so I had to have my computer lobotomized.  That time only cost me for hardware upgrades because a good friend did the work.  

Macs are almost immune to viruses and spyware and other security attacks.  To me, that's a huge deal especially with teenagers in the house.  

My last computer has given me almost nine years of use and other than the viruses of the last couple of years, not a lot of trouble.  I've changed the things I do on computers over those nine years though, so I wanted something with a lot of RAM and a faster and better processor - course, I would get that with almost anything I bought, even used.  I want to be able to use Skype and Oovoo and still do something else on the computer and I can't do that with my old Dell and cannot upgrade the processor to allow for the newer video cards that could handle it.  

I love the design of these macs.  There is no big box under the desk where my feet should go - just the screen, a smallish keyboard (going to take some getting used to because I learned to type on actual typewriters and have a heavy touch) and a very small but very cool mouse.  Once I get the old Dell moved to it's new home, I'm going to have lots of room on my desk that I don't now! 

It's going to take a while to get the new computer doing all that the old one did - especially since I spent the last six days driving back and forth to get Girl Far From Home and then playing with her (bought the computer with her) and then taking her back to where she belongs these days.  She has a funny way of riding in cars, in case you didn't notice.

So, if I'm missing in action, I'm probably just trying to figure out how to do something . . . . there will be a lot of that going on for a while, but I'll be smiling in my confusion.


Jane Eborall said...

Welcome to the wonderful world of mac's. It took me just a few hours to learn how to drive mine but minutes to fall totally in love with it. There's loads of free software you can get for it too.

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

I've been a Mac user from the very beginning, and I love my Mac! I hope you love yours as much as I love mine!

Teresa said...

I have learned to be very careful trying to do things I don't know how - - - like adding bookmarks . . . whoda thunk that could be dangerous?