Monday, November 23, 2009

Brand New Laptop

Hey Everyone - I'm back!

Sorry for the delay in posts, but I have been having some technical difficulties. My old laptop, Ole Clunky, finally died about two weeks ago. She was old and I knew it was coming. I am only grateful that it came right before I got my grant check and that I backed up all of my genealogy.

So I'd like to introduce you to my brand new laptop. It is a Toshiba and I love it. It isn't top of the line, but it is a technological upgrade for me nonetheless. It has Windows 7 on it, and I am still getting used to it. But I love it.

But with this new laptop comes a few recommendations and some lessons learned:

  1. This laptop was my first big purchase. Even though the laptop I bought was cheap compared to many of the laptops on the market, it still hurt my bank account. After I swiped my card to pay the $500 bill, I got a rush. I know that sounds silly, but this is a BIG purchase for me. However, it was worth it.
  2. While my GEDCOM files, documents, and picture files were all backed up and safe, my podcasts were not. This isn't such a big deal, since I can just redownload the podcasts. But this is a huge pain to do and takes time.
  3. I need to be more organized when it comes to saving my registration keys for programs. While it isn't a big deal because I was able to email the companies for them, it is still a pain. I would've had my RootsMagic 4 already downloaded, but I had to wait for the company to reply to my email (In all fairness and honesty was pretty darn fast considering I emailed them on the weekend - but when it comes to genealogy, I am impatient).
  4. Setting up a computer just the way you like it takes time - especially when you are dealing with a new operating system. But during that time, you get to play around with new programs and sometimes find even more things that you like.
  5. I can now play Second Life! I still don't really "get" it, but I am hoping that will come with time. I am really looking forward to the chats.

I just want to also let everyone know that the blog might be quiet for the next couple of weeks. Between school, my family get-togethers, my boyfriend's family get-togethers, and all of the regular life stuff, I am swamped. But just know that I am planning on some awesome stuff for the month of January (and the second half of December if I can fit it in). So stay tuned!


Greta Koehl said...

Congratulations! There is nothing like setting up a new computer the way you like it. My college daughter is bringing her "sick" computer home this weekend for her dad to take to get fixed.

GrannyPam said...

I'm giving you the Kreativ Blogger Award.