Finally getting up to speed

I’ve mentioned my dying computer before now.  Yesterday, it was in its death throes, and I was truly despairing.  Then at 8:30 p.m., FedEx showed up with the computer I’d ordered a week ago.  I’ve spent the last several hours transferring data from my dying computer to my new one, installing programs, and generally trying to get the new computer to work as I like my computers to work.  I’m happy to say that I’ve almost achieved that goal.  There are still some tweaks I need to do, but mostly it’s all good.

Did I say good?  I mean wonderful.  The free market invariably makes itself known when I buy a new computer, something that happens every five or six years.  I managed to get for $400 dollars a desktop computer that didn’t exist five years ago.  When it starting existing, about three or four years ago, it would have been a $2000 computer.  And now, as I said, $400….  Isn’t that just amazing?

This newbie is incredibly much better than my old computer.  Aside from the fact that my old computer was wheezing and heaving, and barely able to go for an hour or so without crashing, this new computer (which costs half what I paid for my old one) has a hard drive that’s more than twice as big, more than twice as much RAM, and a processor that was impossible to build last time.  Programs that took minutes to load now take seconds.

In addition, because Windows 7 is a more sophisticated operating system than my old Windows OS, I was able to transfer all my old files in a couple of hours using the Windows Easy Transfer feature.  Well, I didn’t actually do anything.  I read a novel, while the computer did all the work.

Do we live in an age of wonders and miracles or what?

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  • 94Corvette

    Congratulations – I know you are breathing easier now that you’ve transferred your data to the new computer.  If you really want to experience quick, take a look at the Solid State drives that are out there.  I put a 256 Gig drive in my Asus netbook this summer and Windows XP loads in less than a minute.  The ‘hot’ trick is to put your operating system on the SSD and then use the regular hard drive for your files and photos.  In a week or so I’ll be getting my copy of Windows 8 to put on the netbook and that should be even better. 

  • Bookworm

    Since all I do is write documents and use the internet for research (for blogging and lawyering), the new system is really all I need.  Anything faster would just be excessive.

  • Caped Crusader

    Can you top this?
    Sometime around 1975 our 9 year old son wanted to get a computer, as they fascinated him. We found someone selling early APPLES and purchased one for $9000 –made of metal, with two 5 1/4 floppy drives sitting on top with a total memory of 48K. Memory was minimal and dear in those days. Somehow that was lost to scrap, but somewhere in the house we still have our Apple lll, which I read can be sold for a nice sum to collectors. He is now director of research for a cutting edge firm in Palo Alto.
    But just think how much better it would probably be now if the government had controlled research and development rather than free individuals! TIC.

  • Gringo

    Given how cheap and powerful computers are today compared to what they were like 20 years ago, the bleating in the 1990s about the “digital divide” sounds  rather comical today.
    I bought a new Dell this year, figuring that it was time to replace my 7 year old Dell before Windows XP was no longer being updated. Fortunately, my old Dell was running just fine. I was going to buy a refurbished computer, but the price was right for purchasing a new one. My new Dell is MUCH quieter, and runs about 10 degrees F cooler. 
    Getting it going took a while. As there were no installation discs, I had to figure out how to back up the initial system, which I put on a thumb drive. Windows Office was problematic. While the Dell came with a partial copy of Office 2010, it drove me up the wall with its incessant ads to purchase a complete copy of Office 2010. I no longer create documents using Office 2010. I installed Office Pro 2007 from a CD I had bought several years ago for $25. I use MS Access for my work. I have found Access 2007 to be a royal pain. There is no way I was going to do my work on Access 2007. So, I also installed Office Pro 2003- but just Access 2003. But install Office 2003 first- or just Access 2003 first.
    I thus have three different versions of Office on my computer. You do what you gotta do.
     You might be interested in this: [Doc Mercury also posts at Maggie’s Farm, where Bruce Kesler recently plugged your book.]
    Doc Mercury’s Windows 7 Setup Guide

  • Bookworm

    I just bought Microsoft Office Student, because it had all I need.  I don’t even know what Access is, which shows how silly it would have been for me to buy it!

  • 94Corvette

    Back in ’76 I worked for Monroe Business Systems (aka Monroe Calculators).  We sold the Monroe 1880 (I think that was the model number) desktop computer with (hold your breath), 8K ROM and 8K RAM for $10K.  It had no display, you had to program it every morning using magnetic cards (which were the size of business cards) and you used a heavily modified IBM Selectric (another $4K) to print your documents.  Programming was another 20-30K and we sold a ton of them to banks to do the loan contracts in order to comply with the ‘new’ Truth in Lending laws.  We sold a LCD display 4 function printing calculator for $430.  I will never forget when one of the engineers we sold one of the 1880’s to spilled a cup of coffee into the computer and fried it.  Most expensive cup of coffee he ever had.