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?