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Big People Toys - So This is My Second Life

Nov. 8th, 2009 09:44 am Big People Toys

I guess I have a lot of toys. You know the kind. No, not THAT kind -- the electronic gadget kind. I have my laptop (such as it is), two iPods, a Kindle, a cellular phone. I carry around all kinds of cables -- just in case -- to recharge them all. I am sure there is a product out there (I'm thinking iPhone) that will do pretty much everything my toys do, but I won't be going out and buying one any time soon. With the exception of my computer, most of my toys are fairly new and in good working order. The laptop, however, is another story.

I am not good at remembering exact ages of people, much less things, but I am pretty sure my laptop is almost ten years old. Techie people have been telling me for years that it is time to get a new one. I have laughed at them and said, "Nooooooooo way! Put that sucker back together and let's keep chuggin'!" You see, I am accustomed to this computer, with its loose keys and hinky power switch. But, alas, all good things must come to an end. Much to my horror, the screen has begun to flicker at me. Even I, in my strongest sense of denial, know that it is just a matter of time before it goes out altogether. With this inevitability in mind, I have begun to take steps to ready myself for that event. I bought a couple of large jump drives and have downloaded my music and photos and cookbooks and bits and bobs of general flotsam that we all collect over the years. Now, it is a waiting game...

Oh, I am not just sitting back on my laurels -- I have earnestly begun thinking about its replacement and one of the things that I am considering is one of those new netbooks. I am sure you have seen them advertised. Most of the cellular phone companies offer a version. I tell myself that it would be a good fit -- I could use it on the train! Think of the quality computer time I could have! I see people using them and it seems so convenient. The keyboard does look tiny, though. And I am not really sure quite how the pricing works. I went online and looked it over and was totally confused. I realize that I am going to have to bite the bullet and actually go in and speak to a real, live person. But, in the true sense of procrastination, I put it off. After all, this computer is still working. For the most part.

The other thing that has kept me from getting a new computer is that I am a PC person and I just didn't want to have to change to Vista. Bill Gates must have known that about me, because he has graciously gone back to Windows. It is a new version of Windows and I will probably have to learn new tricks anyway, but - hopefully - it is similar enough to the old version that I won't be totally out of my element.

So, what, you may be asking, is the problem? I tell myself that the problem is money - I simply don't want to have to put out the money to get a new one. This one, such as it is, is paid for. That means that I have extra money to spend on iTunes, iMovies, and Kindle books. If I buy a new computer, that expendable cash will dry up for a while. But it may be more than that. I also remind myself that I know this keyboard like the back of my hand. I know without thinking about it where the backspace is and where the delete key is. I can type on this keyboard without any qualms. I know it through and through.

So, I type away on my old, decrepit computer. I keep an eye on that "m" key to make sure it doesn't give me more "m"s than I want. And I avoid having to shut off my computer. So you see, in my own little way, I am putting off that day when I shut down my trusty little computer for the last time. After all, we have been through a lot together.

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Date:December 30th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)


Hey Bev!
I have an Acer Aspire and just LOVE it!! It even comes with a built in webcam. The keyboard was easy to get used to. Mine is REALLY small and cost somewhere around $350. I got it on QVC or HSN and only had to pay $90 or so per month.

I hope things are well with you and that you are not freezing to death up there!

Date:January 4th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)

Re: Netbooks

You are the first person I know who has one. I saw them, but wasn't sure about the quality. Good to know! Thanks Annetta!