“The time has come,” the Walrus said…
Way back in 2006, I invested quite a decent chunk of my hard-earned into a new computer. I was running my own business back then and needed to upgrade from what I had so that I could run some proper accounting software, as well as other business-related programs. The new unit was a Dell Dimension 9200 and from the minute I plugged it in, I thought I was driving the Rolls Royce of computers – it even had 2 cores, whatever that meant. Other than limitations on hard-drive storage space and available on-board memory, there wasn’t a whole lot wrong with my old pc; but the new one was out of this world and what I was able to achieve with it was unbelievable.
I’m no technofile though, and with all this new power at my fingertips I lost sight of what was going on in the technological world – which is strange, given that everywhere I went I carried my mobile phone in the palm of my hand and I upgraded that piece of equipment every year!
Jump forward 10 years and many things had changed. Computers had evolved so much… chips were far more compact and storage systems were going the same way, while at the same time becoming more expansive and far more transportable. In line with these improvements, regularly used software programs were doubling and tripling in size every few years and my old new Dell was struggling to keep up. I upgraded from the Vista operating system to Windows 8 in 2014 and the hardware I had on board was able to manage that, but when the automatic upgrade to version 10 happened in 2015, my old beast was pushed to a level beyond where it was ever meant to go.
I started writing in 2010 and managed to write 5 of my books on my old clunker – God only knows how! Had it not been for the help of an old hand-me-down laptop as backup, I might never have succeeded. From 2014 on, I started experiencing freezes at the most inopportune times and probably lost far more of my work than I care to think about.
Enter the new…
My old Dell is still working – I’m using it right now to write this post, but it’s long overdue for retirement and I’m long overdue in making the change. About a week or so ago, a friend pointed out the fact that the mobile phone I was holding in my hand right then had more computing power than my old desktop does – and it was only then that I realised I hadn’t yet let the old thing go because of some sadly misplaced emotional attachment. It’s been my comforter in times of need, a friend whenever things grew grim, a window on the outside world when I found it difficult to step beyond my front door… my companion, when my world grew so dark I thought I might never see the end.
I sat down to do some editing last Friday – just two days ago – and right in the middle of a really important sequence, my pc froze again and I had to reboot it to get it to work properly. No longer able to use a lack of available funds as an excuse, when it fired up, the first thing I did was go online and visit the Dell website – the way I figured it, the last product I bought from them lasted far longer than it was ever designed to last and that’s good enough in my books. I ordered a brand new replacement – once again, the moustache twirling, creme de la creme of what was available within my budget. It’s more stable, much faster, has more on-board memory, heaps more storage capacity – and it’s got 6 cores!!!
I received the shipment notice yesterday and I’m expecting the new arrival this coming week – and it won’t come a moment too soon!
gg… over and (control, alt, delete) out!