Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A New Year and Another New Computer

Well I did it again. I wore out a second computer in as many years.

Long rant ahead, be sure to skip it, I'm just venting for my own mental health lol...

I can tell you from firsthand experience, it's not the end of the world to lose everything you worked on for the last year or two when you kill a computer and have no clue how to back up your files because you relied on someone else who did it, but that person is no longer here and you just didn't get around to learning it yourself because you have no clue what a RAM or gigabyte is or does.

Ahh all the photos lost, all the Word docs with all the tips and such, all the massive amount of photoshop files and .psd's that have to be recreated. Not the end of the world. You just start over. Been there done it twice now.

I'm very hard on my computers, though, so both the one's I killed gave it their best. I run mine 24/7, only restarting when I have to. I run a minimum of 10 software programs, do massive amounts of design work and watch DVDs on them, and have 4 browsers with 20++ tabs across the top at all times, so I do ask a lot from my computers.

My trip to the computer store, something I've been avoiding was less than thrilling. Now I know how to work a computer once she's all set up, and I was weaned and whelped on a Mac, so it's hard to find folks who know how to help me. Sorry, I won't give up my Mac, I'll deal with the learning curve.

But the Apple store was very crowded, the sales guy talked right over my head and out of the computer and stuff I walked in asking for. Funny, he undersold me, not oversold me. Do I look that bad off? Ha. Good, at least I wasn't talked into more stuff than I needed.

Now Apple is usually fantastic, but this guy was lame. I made sure to write Apple a harshly written email about my Apple store shopping experience and how he undersold me. That felt good. =) How do I know I was undersold? Because a computer expert told me what I should get. Why didn't I do just that? because the geek at Apple made sense, and I assumed he knew better. How many times do we make this mistake when we should know better ourselves? Me of all people should have known better. But the store was jammed full, and I felt completely out of my element. I won't make that mistake again. Live and learn.

But I did get a backup system that updates all the time, and when this one crashes, all I have to do is plug it in to the next one, and poof, it restores it like like the way I have this one. I'll be sure to test that in about 3 years before this one takes that final dive off the cliff, and by the way, I never ever had an issue with my Macs, up until the day they died lol...

Now, since this one is big and new and set me back the exact amount as the new year $2010, I know I will be happier with it, because I did have a lot of trouble checking out all of your blogs on my old computer. I expect this one to run like a dream, and allow me to check out all of your blogs with ease. =)

So. . . While I make up for a lot of lost work, my blog posts will be a little sporadic.

Hope your New Year was better than mine!