In 2009 I found the perfect laptop. It was small, about the size of a sheet of notebook paper, and weighed next to nothing. I had been carrying around a full size laptop that weighed about 9 pounds with the battery in it (like I’m going to use it without the battery, right?). It was huge and when carried in a case on my shoulder, it was way too heavy. With my back issues, I really needed something more portable. It didn’t matter that my new lightweight HP had no optical drive because I rarely use one and when I do, I have a desktop top with an optical drive or I can put files onto a flash drive that I can put in my laptop.
Then it died. Well, not technically. However, it takes about 6 minutes to boot up. It plays sound when it wants to. It is super slow, even though I have had it looked at and optimized and updated drivers, etc., which meant that sometimes I would have to wait over a minute for a page to load, lots longer if it required Shockwave or Flash. I had to face it…I had to get a new one.
Last week I found a new one. Small, 11.2 inches. Lightweight, 2.8 pounds. Very portable, can use (touch)screen as tablet. Large hard drive, 500 GB. And it was at an unbeatable price, under $270. I really like it and the frustration level when using my laptop now, is way, way, lower. It speeds everything up, including blogging. However, with a new device comes a lot of setting up and “getting used to”. Here’s my top ten that I dislike:
1. Registering everything before you can even get to a start screen. This includes setting up passwords which I will probably forget.
2. Having to learn a new operating system. My old one had Windows Vista. This one has Windows 8.1 and I am told that I will get a free upgrade to Windows 10 when it releases (in a month or two?).
3. Setting up a browser to work the way you want it to with your chosen plugins and add-ons. And in my case this meant going from Firefox on the old laptop to Chrome on the new one. Might as well make the change now!
4. Having to remember passwords for sites that I use everyday but don’t know the passwords because they were remembered by my old browser.
5. My mind doesn’t remember all the passwords so for many sites I had to choose the “Forgot my password” option and then wait for a link to set up a new password. Sometimes that didn’t work and I would have to guess at the screen name I might have used to register for that site.
6. Getting a new case for the laptop. I didn’t use one with the laptop I replaced but I want to protect this one as I carry it around a lot more and often while also carrying a 2 year old with me! So time to protect this one.
7. Deciding which files I want to move from the old laptop to the new laptop. This means hours of going through pictures, documents, downloads, videos, etc.
8. Moving those files which involves a lot of time and patience.
9. Figuring out which programs I have to move from one laptop to another, like my photo editing software and my writing software, etc. and copying the files to a flash drive and moving them to the new one (neither of the laptops has an optical drive so I have to use a flash drive to transfer and install.)
10. Then the icing on the cake…you wipe the old laptop to see if it can be fixed or optimized so I can give it to someone that has nothing better then you realize that you forgot to transfer some files and they’ve been trashed so you can’t get them anymore. In my case, this meant a few photos and a folder of old writing. Now I’ll have to go through tons of CDs on the desk top to see if I can recover some of those files! More time. More patience. More frustration.
Ahhh! The joys of new technology!