Crap. My nearly 4-year-old Dell Dimension desktop has been failing since last fall. Doesn’t matter which browser I use, Internet speed is unpredictably spotty. Uploading pics to WordPress while blogging has become impossible; I’ve been using my work laptop for that for a while now.
I got determined again to try and fix it last night. There are some things I just can’t use my work laptop for….like wiring limes to my friend Sean Cody, if you know what I mean. I wound up on dellsupport.com downloading driver updates, which it turns out is something you’re supposed to do every six months, and I’ve done….never. Turns out I had 14 drivers that needed to be updated. So, I managed to get the slow clunker to download everything, and got 12 of the 14 updates installed. Then, my PC directed me to restart. So, I tried to…only it wouldn’t turn off. So I had to hold the start button pressed and force it to turn off. Whatevs, we’ve all had to do that sometimes. Except when i tried to start back up again, my computer made this horrid Red Alert beeping noise and wouldn’t boot. I tried to get it to boot unsuccessfully for more than an hour.
I wasn’t flipping out during this. All my music, professional work and porn are safely backed up on an external hard drive. And I knew this day would come. I’d rather have a fast new computer anyway, with smaller, faster microchips and shiz. But, it still sucks. Like, I do not not want all the songs wiped off my iPod when I try and hotsync for the first time with a reinstalled iTunes on my work laptop. There’s software and workarounds to prevent that, but I’ve been burned before, and I just want all my duckies in a row, you know?
The work laptop is a godsend temp measure, and thank God for the external hard drive, but I’ve got to get a new machine fast. Do I get a media darling, state-of-the-cool MacBook or PC notebook? It’s practically my birthright as a Gen-X’er, but you know – I can’t afford it right now, and I can make do perfectly with a much cheaper desktop. I do all my writing at home anyway. Then the question becomes – do I buy it in Israel or the United States. Conventional wisdom is that electronics are much cheaper in the U.S. than here, but you’ll be taxed up the wazoo if you import it. So, the best way to do it is buy it there and bring it over, or have someone who’s coming over bring it for you. But there is no one to do this in my case. Anyway, my friend Ronnie said that’s B.S. nowadays, and especially if you’re just buying a desktop (I don’t need a monitor, speakers or keyboard) you can get fast and powerful machines here for a reasonable price. He gave me the number of the place where he just bought his wife one, so I’m going to try them I think. That is, after I log into Google Wave tomorrow and follow the instructions that my friend and programmer extraordinaire Ms. Babble sent me to possibly rescue my current desktop in a way that recovers all my data.
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