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Freelance Writer Gets New Computer

new computerYesterday I got a new computer. I had no choice… the old one wouldn’t start. My computer guy came over and he couldn’t get it to start either. So we headed off to Best Buy and came home with a new HP something or other. Like this one, but silver.

I’ve been making do with new used computers for years. But computers aren’t like cars. I mean I’ve got a paid-for Honda with 240,000 miles on it and the engine is still strong. It’s been in the family for almost 20 years. It’s really too bad computers aren’t like that – just think of the resources we’d save.

Anyway, it seems like every time I deal with a new computer I lose a day or so getting things set up so I know where they are.

Computer guys

My life has been made so much easier by almost always having access to a computer guy. (And yes, I’d love to have a computer gal, but it hasn’t happened that way yet.)

They are the nerds that you used to find in hole-in-the-wall computer shops and maybe still do. Or you find them in the neighborhood. Usually single guys in their mid-30s or early 40s who love computers. Of course, many of them are in their teens or even younger than that.

In their homes or offices they are usually surrounded by at least three computers, and often more. They have certain games they play regularly, usually sleep late because they’ve been up most of the night fixing computers and playing whatever game they’re into. Some are articulate, others not so much.

Many are artists, either literally with computer art or artists in the way they understand these machines we use every day. They can tweak hard drives, and fiddle ram, or something like that, and make our computers sing.

Fortunately for me, one recently moved in just across the way from me.

The new computer

Back in the day we were assured computers would soon be like toasters – all we’d have to do is flip a switch. It hasn’t happened yet, at least not in the PC world.

My daughter just called and I almost wept when she said her new Mac had everything in place for her when she turned it on – a function of good design and the cloud I’d guess. If that’s true, and I were in charge of marketing at Apple I’d devote a good 25 percent of my budget to making sure the world knew that. They could convert a ton of Windows users in a heart beat.

New operating systems

My brand new computer came with a brand new operating system… Windows 10. It hasn’t been as bad making the conversion as it used to be, but there are some weird incompatibilities. Fortunately I can google up the answers in most cases, or text the computer guy… it’s all working out.

My suggestions for writers

Know that whatever computer you’re currently using will stop working. Save so every two years you can buy a new one. It’s worth checking prices just so you know what you’ll need.

I just checked on Mac prices. When I realize how much I paid for my first computer so long ago, it’s a bargain… although I’ll need to buy software too… not this year, but in several it may be a worthy goal.

What’s your thinking about a new computer?


Write well and often,


{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Cheryl Tuskes

    It’s been my experience that you get what you pay for. When you invest in a computer the cheapest is not the best. I’ve even seen an ad for $249.00. Wow what a deal you’re thinking. Well not really. Computers at that price have a cheap motherboard that is not built to last. See, they want you to buy a new one every few years. You’re better off spending a “little” more than 250 bucks. After all isn’t your computer a pretty important tool for your business?

    • Cheryl, the problem isn’t the hardware – you’re right, it can go on a long time… it’s software that isn’t backwardly compatible… that’s my take anyway. But I do agree in principal.

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