Change is hard
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I've finally decided to get rid of my computer and move on in to the 21st century. There's nothing wrong with the computer I have, mind you--technology has just passed us by.
You see, I've had the same computer since 1997. That's right--since last century. My present computer is equipped with (at the time) state of the art Windows 97. The poor thing is still chugging along perfectly well; unfortunately, while my computer is chugging along, technology is zooming along.
Microsoft quit its support for my dinosaur a long time ago--no more critical security updates. "That's okay," I thought. "We don't need any stinking help from Microsoft." Any hackers, I figured, would leave my behemoth alone since about the only thing they'd find on something this old would be a par (age-wise) with the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Okay, so we've lived without any support from Bill Gates for over a year (maybe two--who's counting?) now and we've done okay together.
Then technology took a giant leap and decided that I can't send or receive any Word Documents that were comprehensible. (Okay, technically I don't have Word; I have WordPerfect. But still...is it fair that they changed languages on me? Isn't there the equivalent of Computer Esperanto out there???)
Fine. I can't send documents. Adobe laughs at me. YouTube comes across my screen like the pre-talkie movies. The last straw, however, was when I was unable to watch "The Daily Show." Jon, how could you turn me, your biggest fan, away like that?
So here I go--kicking and screaming into the 21st century. It's not as though I CAN'T use other programs; I've gone through plenty of other OSs at work. I just don't want to get rid of my old friend. But I ordered a new computer from Dell last night. It should be here on or before April Fool's Day, according to them.
Somehow that seems appropriate.