Computer Grief

My computer’s been running slow and not doing what I want it to do.  This is a good laptop, nothing fancy, just a good steady companion for all that I do.  Each day, I spend at least six hours, and often more, on the computer.  When it was purchased over four years ago, it was state of the art with Vista, the newest and best thing available then.  That worked out really well.  Anyway, it had so much space that I felt safe buying it, confident that I could never use all that space. That, too, worked out really well.

My laptop’s available space is almost one hundred percent used.  The past ten days or so have been spent deleting files, moving others, putting as much as possible into folders, disc cleaning and defragmenting.  My disc cleaner and defragment are run weekly so it completes rather quickly.  After all that work, I gained about four gigs of space.  The computer is running better but the only thing I’ve gained is some time.  The time has come to look into more permanent solutions.  Fearlessly, I turn to the only experts I trust–my kids.

In case you forgot or didn’t know, I have three adult children all of whom are very savvy regarding anything technologically related.  They or their friends have already experienced any problem that I run into and have found a resolution.  It’s fascinating that during our discussions Cliff, Nicholas, and Alicia all offered solutions and pretty much they were all different.  Sometimes, they offered me multiple ideas all of which were good.  This is a situation that doesn’t have a right or wrong resolution, but rather one of what fits me and my pocketbook best.

There I was with an array of solutions including adding memory to my laptop, adding a wireless external hard drive, or purchasing a new computer.  Those were all good options and each has value; one person said consider a Mac, one, an iPad with external keyboard, and finally a more reliable (spell that as more expensive) replacement.  Since I have a lot of respect for my children’s opinions knowing that they are providing me with cutting edge information,  I begin researching each option updating myself on all that is available.  Hating waste, I have to take the information learned from all sources to determine how best to spend the budgeted funds alloted for this unexpected emergency.

In truth, none of the options offered provide exactly what I want.  I could buy a new computer but, then, I would have to additionally purchase the programs like a popular office program for documents and such. Plus, several software programs that I use often must be transferred to a new computer.  The age of the current notebook dictates that it is time to replace it, but it has held up remarkably well.  Only a couple of things deteriorated over time with the mousepad scroll function dying rather quickly.  It is also apparent that all the things I like to do on a computer use lots of space.  So that is the priority and maybe some of my software needs to be on an external hard drive even when or if I buy a new computer.  So many things to consider, evaluate, and determine of which the most discouraging aspect is that as soon as I take it out of the store, it will be outdated.


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4 Responses to Computer Grief

  1. Doris says:

    I have an external storage device that I use for files I seldom refer to. It has worked out well for me. It's good for picture that you can't part with, but take up a lot of space.

    • cwurschmidt says:

      I\’m rapidly coming to the concllusion that I am a hoarder when it comes to the computer.. I just can\’t let go. Either that or I can\’t remember where I put it.

      • Doris says:

        I'm right there with you when it comes to hoarding files. I rationalize by telling myself that electronic files take up almost zero physical space, but the truth is, I don't like to make decisions on what to keep and what to let go.

  2. Leo says:

    I think, aside from the iPad as your single computing source, you really cannot go wrong. Either way it is probably best to get an external hard drive (wireless not needed) to transfer rarely-used files off of your computer. They are so cheap nowadays that you can get one easily and begin clearing space.

    Since your computer is getting older it is still best to consider getting a new one someday. Know that either way you go, Mac or Windows PC, you will still probably have to buy some new programs. There are also other alternatives available to you, including Google Docs for your word processing and spreadsheet needs. It all comes down to what you really want and everything else will work out for you.

    Have fun computing!

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