I love my old Dell Inspiron 750. It’s barely 12 x 10 and goes easily from home office, to kitchen bar to balcony bistro, to couch. But it’s 9 years old. Yep, once upon a time they made things that lasted instead of programming to self-destruct in 2-3 years. Alas, recently, he caught a serious bug.
I was reduced to my iPhone for answering all e-mails and worse, posting my blog. Reading that tiny little screen and finding the tag and post buttons without inadvertently pressing something unintended was a nightmare.
The techs at Office Depot on Greensprings were amazed, not only at my Dell’s age, but that it had survived so long without catching anything. I left him in their care on a Saturday morning and did not get him back until the following Monday. Although I don’t log on all day everyday, I felt somehow unmoored. It’s like you car in the shop. It’s not that you want to go anywhere, it’s that you can’t if you wanted. Rough couple of days.
When I picked Dell up, Andrew told me, “you know you may want to consider upgrading soon. You’ve gone this long, but it is an old computer and it’s just a matter of time before we can’t resuscitate”.
I thanked him and went home. I’m not sure I’m ready to trade him in just because he’s old. I can do everything I need to do just fine.
If an iPad were MS Word friendly for editing etc., that would be my first choice, but it’s not yet. Couldn’t they ‘channel’ Steve Jobs – he could do it.