Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Teaching an old dog new tricks

I got a new computer yesterday. I could say it was an anniversary present to myself but since I didn't really remember it was my anniversary it was more coincidence than anything else.
The old computer, I was comfortable with. I bought it from my former place of employment and it was the very same one I used for quite a while. I knew it's quirks. I knew how long it took to boot up, although like everything else that gets old it was slowing down. It was Windows 98 and it was probably 7 or 8 years old. Ancient in the world of computers. This new one is Windows XP. Somehow I passed right by Windows 2000.
This new one is taking quite some getting used too.
I changed my blog 'about me' recently to reflect that I am still learning more. I must confess right about now I'm not 100% sure that's a good thing. My theory is we were only given so many brain cells at birth and right about now I think I have almost reached my limit of brain cell usage.
It has a CD burner. The CD Rom on my old one was busted so I'm going to have to relearn that. It has 2 outlets to put the CD Rom's in. I don't know which one to use. Since this new computer is a 'pre-owned' one, I didn't get instructions. I have this feeling I'm going to be learning a lot of things by trial and error. I was already beyond my comfort level in a lot of computereze things. Now I'm out of the stratosphere.
On the plus side, Free Cell didn't work anymore on the old one. It does on the new one.
I think the new one has sound, although I haven't been able to figure that out either. The old one had the sound turned off because it was old and more annoying that trying to listen to the halted sounds it made.
I couldn't watch movie trailers or anything with moving pictures. It took forever to download and wasn't worth the effort. It was a bit of a nuisance when I wanted to watch the trailers for Lord of the Ring.
So I will attempt to learn this new one, as long as the brain cells hold out.

'til later


Debra said...

Welcome to Windows XP. It's great. You'll be fine.

See if Outlook Express will work for your email now.

CindyS said...

I got my Dell about a month ago and there are things happening all the time that make me wonder but, I burned a CD in 2 minutes flat. I am in awe.

The next thing to do is get a MP3 player so I can start walking in the Fall. I need motivation for exercise and it always comes in the form of music.

My fav. feature of this computer is Plug and Play. For the most part, it loaded everything I had plugged to it without telling me to insert 54 disks!


ReneeW said...

Wow, that's awesome. You're going to like WinXP. Exercising your brain cells is good. I have every confidence that you will be able to figure things out :)

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