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.