For two frustrating weeks, I’ve been dealing with a slow running computer. I could connect to the internet, but websites took forever to load and things would just come to a complete standstill. After much frustration, I finally decided that I needed to buy a new computer. Now, my old Dell has given me eight years of good service. But then, I took care of it by adding updates and new hardware; I regularly scanned for viruses; and I used the disk scanner and defragmenter on a regular basis. I just couldn’t fathom why I was having so many issues. I guess, like the human body, machines just start falling apart after more than a few years, right? So I figured I should just buy a new computer to solve all my problems. Little did I know that it wasn’t even the computer that was actually causing all of my issues. But you’ll read about that in a bit….
On Monday night, I placed a phone call to son, Dan, for a little help. Here’s a picture of him on the day of his police academy graduation. Kids these days know so much about computers. They start using them in grade school, so they are very familiar with them by the time they are young adults. Dan is no different. He’s taken apart his share of them and has taught me a few things. Unfortunately, he goes through information so fast and he does stuff that I can’t figure out unless he shows me all the steps. I know he just shakes his head when I make him explain it all to me in baby steps! Anyway, Dan did the legwork for me and offered up some suggestions for a new purchase. I told him I’d send him my old computer to play with.
On Tuesday night, I ventured out to Best Buy, made my purchase, and set it up the next morning. But I couldn’t connect to anything! AAAGGGHHHH…. I called our cable provider, Time Warner, who connected me to Roadrunner, our internet service provider. The earliest service call was for next Monday. I wasn’t happy, but took it. But the more I got thinking about it, I thought I should talk to a tech person. So back on the phone I went, where a customer service rep reluctantly connected me to a tier 3 tech in Cincinnati. This guy was amazing. He ran some diagnostics on his end and came to the conclusion that my outdated Time Warner modem could be part of the problem with my connectivity. I took it to the TW store to exchange it for a newer model, came back home to connect it, and couldn’t even get the thing to boot up correctly! Now I had already spent over an hour with the tech and customer service, so I was not looking forward to another conversation with someone new, but a customer service rep at TW walked me through two set-up procedures. After 15 minutes, I had re-set my the modem and my wireless router and I finally had internet service! Halleluiah…
This new HP computer of mine has Windows 7 loaded on it, so it is a whole new ballgame for me to have to play, after having had Windows XP on my Dell. It will take me a while to figure out the ins and outs of this new operating system. I transferred over some files from the old computer via a flash drive and I downloaded all of the programs I’ll need, so I think I’m ready to go. I downloaded Windows Live Writer, since I don’t like using Blogger to post, and the download automatically recognized that I had the Windows 7 operating system. Because of the operating system, I now have the newer version of Writer, which is so completely different from the one I had been using on XP. Wow- I am having a heckuva time trying to figure out where everything is located! Things are not in plain sight so I’m having to hunt for ways to access things that used to be so easy to find on the earlier version. Writer has eliminated many of the fonts I liked to use and this post is the second I’ve written this morning because I lost the first one when Writer encountered a glitch and ate my draft. I still have to find out where that darn “save draft” button is located! Can you say frustrated really loud?!
So I guess I’ll be practicing for a while on Writer until I get familiar with it. Have any of you experienced this if you’ve recently updated to the new version of Writer? I thought new versions should have improvements to make things easier for the user… Guess this old dog has to learn a few new tricks!