The NEW computer....
It should arrive next week as soon as the over-worked elves put it together.
Buying just after the holiday season is less frantic. Well, maybe not up at the North Pole.
Yep, it's another DELL, not the HP I was thinking about earlier that was based solely on a bargain price.
You get what you pay for although the prices do seem to go up and down a lot. Every other day.
The Dell Inspiron 660 will come with 6GB of memory, up from the 4GB RAM I had before.
The 1TB hard drive is larger than the 650GB in my dead Dell.
I had to bob and weave to get the Windows 7 operating system. They sure are pushing the new (despised by many) Windows 8. I had to look in the "home office business" section.
Hey, I need all the help I can get.
For four years I had been using Windows Vista. And people hated it too.
The good news is all of my files are intact even after the old computer pooped out on Christmas Eve.
TWO backup hard drives sit on my desk, capturing everything automatically.
One on Wednesday and one on Sunday.
Somewhere else - in case the physical computer set up is destroyed - ALL my stuff sits on a Carbonite cloud site.
Early on I realized that digital photography meant there was no negative to hold in your hand. One "crash" could take away all your photographs hence the redundant back ups.
A buddy told me of a new twist he has on shooting and developing 35mm black and white film.
In a dark area, he winds the exposed film onto a roller and puts it in a daylight developing tank. Runs through the chemicals then washes and dries the film. Sounds like how I did it back in the 1950s.
But THEN he scans the frames into his computer and does all the "darkroom magic" digitally. Mixing old school with high tech. I like it.
(Click on the pictures - and links - for more detail.)
At my age, I'm glad I'm able to enjoy using a computer.
My Smartphone is smarter than I.
I grew up with a rotary dial phone.
Hooked to the wall with a cord.
It never was misplaced or lost.