Oh, my goodness! It’s been over a week since I posted a blog entry. I could blame the fact that I’ve been preoccupied with work and other stuff, but that’s really too obvious of a target. So, I’ll blame something much more obvious: Having to buy a new computer.
Okay, here’s the deal: For 3½ years, I had a pretty nice HP laptop computer, with which you probably saw me in action in this post. I won that computer in a charity raffle, and it became rather liberating to type up surf the web, type up blog posts, or whatever else anywhere in my apartment or anywhere in the world (or at least anywhere where I remembered to take my laptop).
But even the finest made, most powerful, and most convenient of computers show their age, so much to the point that it’s probably best to buy a new one. So it was with my old laptop: While it began to run a little slow the past year-plus (especially when downloading updates), it still held up. That was until late last Thursday, when I powered on my laptop expecting it to boot up as normal. Well, it didn’t entirely do that. Bringing up programs and apps weren’t working, so I just powered off and on again, thinking it would do the trick. Well, things just got worse after 4 or 5 quick power-offs/power-ons, with my laptop not getting past that “HP” splash that appears right after you turn on the thing.
Needless to say, I was freaking out. I mean, I still had quite a few pictures on that computer (ones I hadn’t gotten around to editing and moving to a flash drive), not to mention a couple of important documents for work and volunteering (I should’ve saved those on the cloud). So, I made a bee-line for the Nerd Herd kiosk at a big-chain electronics store that will remain nameless. Yes, they were still open that evening, and I was glad I got there about 70 minutes before they closed for the night, for one doesn’t want to be separated from their computer for longer than they have to (especially when they’re dying to write a blog post *wink wink*).
Well, guess what? Turns out I had to be separated from my old laptop, or at least its hard drive. The Nerd Herd folks tested it out and determined that, yeah, the hard drive was damaged and needed replacement. Ugh! So, they gave me two options: Spend a couple hundred bucks to replace the old hard drive on an old computer (again, 3½ years old) with a new one, not knowing how soon the rest of the computer will give up the ghost… or plunk down more money for a newer computer that’s newer, sleeker, and should last a little longer. In other words, to borrow a line from Men in Black II, it was the battle of “old and busted” versus “brand new hotness.”
Yeah, I went with “brand new hotness.”
The next day after work — a day and a half before I thought the Nerd Herd would be finished with it (how’s that for quick?) — I took home a brand new HP Envy laptop computer, all sleek and sophisticated and all that. I couldn’t take it home the previous night because I had the Nerd Herd folks transfer all the old personal files they could from the old hard drive to the new computer, which (thank Heavens) went without a hitch (i.e. everything was copied to the new computer).
A few things I’m still trying to get used with on the new laptop: For one, it’s a little smaller in dimensions than my old laptop; I’m not sure of the exact dimension differences, but the screen is a little smaller than how it was on the old beast. Also, said screen is a touch screen (how cool is that?). Plus, the computer can fold back to become a tablet computer, which is when that touch screen really comes in handy. And, the core processor (“Intel Inside!”) doesn’t get as hot as the drive on the old computer did, meaning I don’t feel the need to let the beast cool down after powering off.
So, while it set me back $840 or so, at least I now have a new, fully functioning computer… which is allowing me to type this blog post with no difficulty. Now I just gotta figure out how to turn on the screensaver (I love mystifying lines going across my screen when I’m not typing anything).