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Today Will Be a Bore ~ A Nightmare Too I Fear

Abject Misery
Today I’m expecting stress and misery . . .
I’m going to try and buy a new computer :(

This is always a nightmare, I have so much ’stuff’ on this machine and all the ftp site connections etc, setting up a new one is something I’ve been putting off.

There was a glimmer of hope this morning when I saw light snow had fallen in the night and the sky looks ominously leaden - perhaps weather will halt the trip !

Even though I use them all the time I have no knowledge or interest in computers per se - to me this machine is the same as a toaster - just something to do a specific job.

The first hurdle will be locating a desktop computer at all I suspect, with all the high street electrical stores as good as gone and supermarkets now only selling laptops and tablets . . .

So that’s it, a day of stress and misery, tons of software to load (how much of it will work with a new windows) - all the security passwords and admin connections to add, it’ll be a real bore and I presume it won’t go well either - I wish I knew what I was doing :(

The Stereotypical Modern & Youthful Computerist :roll:

I’d happily leave it but I need to do a managed changeover, I can’t risk a failure as that would be infinitely worse.
I shouldn’t be so pessimistic, indeed a new machine should be a good thing, but I am about technology.
It’s not that I’m a Luddite it’s just that things get relentlessly more complicated for no discernable reason.

I suppose it might help if I knew what I was doing but I’m self-taught, the first time I ever touched a PC was the day I set up an online business, so no training and no interest beyond actual day to day usage means I’m in the, self-imposed it has to be said, dark.

It’s something I’m perversely proud of in fact, it’s also useful because I don’t fiddle around ‘under the bonnet’ it means I never have computer trouble - unlike the experts :)

So there we go, I’ll be off shortly with no idea of specs or anything - will I need a new scanner and printer, how much software will still work - the piece I’m typing this on I note is says Microsoft 2003 :)
[break off writing] Worse still I’ve just connected to this site’s server to upload the above image and the software I used for that say 1996 :shock: - the Internet Stone Age methinks

Anyhoo, that’ll do, my next transmission may be on a new machine, all being well, fingers crossed and wish me luck
All the best


  1. pirates daughter said,

    March 26, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    have one made to your own spec, there are people in town who will do this and set it up.

  2. Rod said,

    March 26, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    I’d thought of that but I prefer an off-the-shelf solution, from experience, mine and others, they seem more reliable - generally speaking of course

  3. The Dinosaur said,

    March 26, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    Hi Rod, deepest sympathy, I’ve started to receive some e-mails on my computer that won’t open because it tells me it’s not up to date enough to cope with them! It’s three years old!

  4. Rod said,

    March 26, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

    That was a complete and utter flop then!
    You continually hear of the High Streets struggle to stay alive but every tie I want to buy something in Lincolnshire I cannot !

    Pffft !

  5. Rod said,

    March 26, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

    that’s a really good point.
    When I was building websites an important part was to make sure eveybody could use the site no matter what type of gear they were using.
    Nowadays sites are supporting only the very latest browsers and upgrades.
    They are making evrything too complicated - it’ll turn people off I think

  6. pikey pete said,

    March 26, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

    its to make joe public feel they have to fork out annually to buy a new computer to keep up with the latest software and interfaces etc years ago for instance if you made a one time purchase for say a russell hobbs kettle it may last 20 yrs + or in instances it could be passed over to there teenager son or daughter to use in there first house yet now your lucky if a kettle lasts 2 yrs. its the same scenrio with computers they want you to keep upgrading and spend more money to keepup with everything

  7. History Hunter said,

    March 26, 2013 @ 8:06 pm

    Currys/PCWorld have a good selection of desktop PC’s, they also have all-in-one units built in with the screen, which is normally a touchscreen too.

    HH (speaking from beyond the Channel)

  8. Craig Knighton said,

    March 26, 2013 @ 11:06 pm

    You should really be looking for a Core i5 Processor (probably a quad-core), as it will last that little bit longer performance wise than a Core i3, with at least 8Gb of RAM, given that you quite often are processing RAW images.

    A 128Gb Solid State Drive as your boot disk, with a 1Tb SATA Hard Disk for storage.

    I’d be tempted to make sure you have a separate graphics card, as Photoshop etc can use the processing power.

    Windows 8 looks like a given, although you can’t run XP mode as that was Windows 7 only - if you really need to use the occasional XP program then possibly look at getting a XP license and creating a virtual machine using Virtual Box.

    Or buy an iMac :)

  9. Bethan said,

    March 26, 2013 @ 11:11 pm

    Ha good luck!

    I am 24 and I already hate new technology, someone tells me to use whatsapp…and I have never even heard of it! Just give me back windows 98.

  10. Andrew said,

    March 26, 2013 @ 11:37 pm

    I just cobble computers together from car boot sales, landfill, skips street dumps etc. I avoid running micro$oft software, I am running Linux mint 12, does everything.

  11. Rod said,

    March 27, 2013 @ 7:29 am

    I think a lot of the trouble is commercial but of a different kind - many websites are struggling to make money so go for more and more complicated ads and tracking etc - it’s these which are causing some issues I think.

    This morning I cannot see The Daily Telegraph site properly yet this site renders perfectly .. . .
    It’s all a nonsense

  12. Rod said,

    March 27, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    HH (speaking from beyond the Channel)

    You’re a braver man than I :)

    Good luck and hurry ye back

  13. Rod said,

    March 27, 2013 @ 7:32 am

    you took the words straight out of my mouth :)
    Appreciate the heads up, many thanks

  14. Rod said,

    March 27, 2013 @ 7:33 am

    I’ll need that good luck I think.
    I seem to live without any apps at all - I wonder how I manage :)

  15. Rod said,

    March 27, 2013 @ 7:41 am

    thanks for the comment and welcome to the site.
    I’ll bet that’s the best way to do things if you know what you’re doing - no pre-installed junk - just the stuff you need.

  16. Postman Pat said,

    March 27, 2013 @ 8:15 pm


    Google Mesh Computers.

    Very good PC’s and have a good customer service if needed.


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