Sunday, February 08, 2015

Getting Ready For That New Computer

Out goes the old Gateway computer (is that company even in business now?)

No longer could I postpone the inevitable.  My old iMac was five years old (purchased in January 2010 - where does the time go)? I have found from experience that computers only last about three years (no wonder they make so much money).  As much as I love my iMac it was beginning to run slow as molasses on a January day.  So frustrating, having my brain to my fingertips blog postings constantly interrupted by the spinning rainbow wheel.  I just couldn't take it any more folks.  

In my home office I have two computers.  My very old Gateway computer (purchased 2001 - and just where did THAT time go?) and my "new" iMac that I purchased after my latest Dell computer crash (I have a history of Dell computers crashing).  I kept the old Gateway because it had a some things (old photos, address book and genealogy records) that I couldn't transfer to my iMac.  Well, to make a long story short (and not bore you all with the details - after all this isn't another one of my fun blog postings about my fabulous ten days in California last month), I bit the bullet (spent a lot of money) and purchased a new iMac with all the bells and whistles.  Specifically a new iMac with the maximum RAM 32 gigabytes) and memory (3 terabytes) that was available.  Delivery is set for this Wednesday. 

I've been putting off cleaning out that corner of my home office but I could no longer do so.  So, with gritted teeth, I dived in.  Two hours later I had it cleaned out, reasonably so.  Dusty?  Oh yes.  Lots of wires? Absolutely.  I took some wires out that weren't hooked up to anything (what was that all about?) and consolidated other wires.  

I really should clean out the rest of my home office but these days I would just rather sit at my computer, update my blog and check other blogs.  But since my computer is that "molasses" computer, I had to do something.  

I am so ready for this new computer.  I just about rationalized all the reasons for the amount of money I'm spending on it.  The way I look at it, what I don't spend on the computer the rehab center or doctor's bills will eventually eat away at my savings.  Again, at "this time of my life" what am I saving for?  Keep a nest egg Ron but if you really need something . . . . . get it.  My friend Ed, who died on January 27th, was a very rich man (millions).  Tight as a fat man in spandex he was but you know what?  He didn't take a penny with him.  There will be some money left behind when I go (mostly in the value of my home) but I'm not going to be tightfisted and do without the basic necessities of my life that give me pleasure and contentment.  The new computer, the new EXPENSIVE (no one said Apple was cheap) computer arrives Wednesday.  I hope I can buy another five years.  I figure that's about all the productive years I will have left anyway.  I'll be closing in on eighty years old then, and whoever heard of an eighty year old blogger who was relevant and that people were interested in reading anyway?  

20 comments:

  1. Yep, Ron has a "spaghetti room"! lolz

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    1. Denise,
      All those wires, drive me crazy, especially the ones that are left over and not hooked up to anything. But everything seems to be working so I'll let that sleeping dog lie.
      Ron

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  2. Enjoy it while you can,

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    1. David,
      I hope I get a good five years out of this computer. If I do I'll consider $1,000 a year a price well worth it.
      Ron

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  3. Anonymous5:42 PM

    Hi, Ron. I love getting new technology! On a sad note, your "friend" the Cajun wrote a new post today that I would encourage you NOT to read. Life's too short to waste any more time on people who it seems terminal illness has turned toxic. If you must read it, I then encourage you NOT to respond in any way. Silence speaks volumes. Be glad that you DO have good friends, both in person and via the internet. Take care. ~~~ NB

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    1. NB,
      Thank you for the warning. Of course I wanted to read his blog entry after your warning but have decided not to read it. I know him and how he can be at times. I feel sorry for him for what he is going through his illness but you are right, life is too short for the unwarranted negativity. I am at the point in my life where I do not tolerate or accept it, from anybody and that includes my family, which is why I am estranged from both of my brothers now. Again I thank you again for the warning. I will let it go. Unfortunately my other friend Ed, who died on January 27th was also very negative at the end. I knew he was seriously ill but did not know he had a terminal illness (liver cancer) until a mutual friend told me. Ed was dismissive, accusatory, and suspicious to me right up to the end, which is a shame. But we all choose how we go. When I die I will not dwell on recriminations on real or imagined wrongs but with an appreciation for the wonderful life that I have been privileged to live. Again,I thank you for the warning. I have too many beautiful things in my life at this time to be dragged down again. I will remember the good times I had with my friends. My mistake is that, in my naiveté I sometimes feel sorry for someone who has few friends and I befriend them. I guess there was a reason why Bill did not want to be friends with these two individuals. He was always the sensible one in this relationship. Thank goodness I've had him the past fifty years. And the other friends I have made, through the Internet and blogging, I am so thankful. Someone said (and I just read this recently) that we're lucky if we get through life if we can acquire one of two good friends in addition to our spouse. I have that in my longtime friends Larry, Stuart, Bill P., Bill B., Dave S., Tom V., and Tom J.. . . . and that's it. The rest have died. And of course my friend Pat. I am truly blessed and no amount of negativity from anyone can change that fact. We all make choices in this life. That's his choice.
      Ron

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    2. I love Apple computers and their stores. Yours is a beauty.
      Ron, people who have terminal illnesses are in great pain, not only physically but mentally too. It really isn't their fault if they are depressed. As you wrote, because we are still healthy, we embrace life and are still full of hope, happy. They know they are doomed and it must be very hard to accept.

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    3. Nadege,
      I love everything about Apple products. They actually make it enjoyable to use a computer again, and an iPhone and iPad and MacBook Pro.
      In reference to people with terminal illnesses, I understand everyone is different but in my experience the past few years, from when my Mother changed into a different person (angry at me and distrustful) and former friends (and yes, I'm calling them "former" because they are/were no longer the people I knew or perhaps I never knew them at all) who now lash out at me or are dismissive. We each have to come to terms with our lot in life. We make choices and if the choice you make is to go negative, that's your choice. But for the former friends of mine (one who has since died) who feel the need to show their anger at me for whatever perceived reasons they have in their mind, I have no choice but to let them go there way. Like my Mother, nothing I can do will change their attitude.She was also angry at my brother and his wife, her caretakers so I guess I had to take than into consideration I have so much going on in my life now that I will not permit someone to drag me down. I feel sorry for them but that's it. I know myself I wouldn't act that way if I was ill, I never have. But then my mistake has always been I view life through my own prism. Any of us, where we are in life, it is choices that we have made along the way and now we live with those choices. Some prefer to go through life alienating people and then end up alone. Don't blame other people for where you are. You and you alone are responsible. My former friend Ed never wanted anyone to get too close to him because he was afraid he might have to share his money. He died alone as we all knew he would. We're all doomed. I know I will go gracefully and thankful for the wonderful life I have been fortunate enough to live. Not for me to go with recriminations and hate. It's a shame some people feel the need to be that way but as you say, maybe they can't help themselves. I can't either.
      Ron

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  4. Don't think you will not be relevant in a few years. Look at Betty White. She's ninety-three and is still relevant and highly respected by people of all ages.

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    1. rjjs8878,
      I love Betty White! I liked Betty White from the Fifties, because she reminded me so much of my Mother, who, coincidentally had the same first name, "Betty." I remember the first time we (my family) saw Betty on a TV show in the Fifties, my father said "There's Mom!" Also coincidentally, both my Mom and Betty were almost the same age. Betty White was born in 1922 and my Mom in 1923. Sadly, my Mom passed away at age 86 in 2010. And yes, I do plan to remain highly relevant until my 90's or even longer!
      Ron

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  5. Ron,

    Ah, the tangled web we wove of wires when we first went the PC route, the MicroSoft Mass or Mess. It has been so nice these last few years not to have wires glopped up behind the desk or tangling around my feet.

    Let me know how the installation goes.

    Lar

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    1. Lar,
      Oh the wires, the tower, the lack of support . . . . that's Microsoft. How they continue to get away with their inefficiency boggles my mind. Because of you I wised up and changed to Apple and my life has been soooooo much easier. You're right, these last few years have been a pleasure not having to load upgrades almost every day and not have all the glitches that is Microsoft's hallmark. At one time I respected Microsoft for having outed that arrogant giant IBM but Microsoft has turned into it's own arrogant giant. Good riddance I say!
      Ron

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  6. There is nothing like a new frock to brighten up the day. And for geeks, a new computer!

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    1. Dr. Spo,
      You can say that again!
      Ron

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  7. Good luck with your new computer - - I have no doubt that you'll be delighted with it. It's worth the investment. I'm so used to my new laptop that I haven't yet unpacked my old desktop computer. Too much trouble.

    I watched your video and have a question. Is it just my weird imagination, or did I hear wind chimes?? The reason I asked is because I have wind chimes on my front porch and they sound EXACTLY like that. At first, I thought they were my chimes - - but the wind isn't blowing here.

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    1. Jon,
      Always good to hear from you! The wind chimes? They are from my home office. I have them hanging on the overhead ceiling fan so when I turn the fan on in the summer I hear the chimes. It's funny but my neighbor Bob M. hates chimes. I have them on my front porch, in my home office and in my bedroom. The sound of wind chimes reminds me of hazy, lazy summer days of my past (the Fifties).
      Ron

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  8. I agree with the previous post. Don't think you won't be relevant in a few years so......you might want to start planning for a replacement sometime in the future. I look forward to reading about your adventures for many years to come!

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    1. Clip,
      No replacement for me, once I'm gone that's it. However, I do plan to be around for many years to come. My last act is proving to be my best and most enjoyable.
      Ron

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  9. Oh Ron, (just catching up on my neglected blog-reading ) you make me feel like I should be doing something, ANYthing - and you'd be right. I'm still using this ancient creaking and wheezing contraption I got all of seven years ago (complete with now-defunct Wondows XP), and am only waiting for the inevitable day, which surely can't be far off, when it'll have expired, four legs in the air. Haven't yet read your more recent blogs to find out how things have transpired - as well as your latest LA episodes - but I'm just about to.

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    1. Ray,
      My computer has become an integral part of my life. Without it, I would slowly fade away. Loneliness is the scourge of old age, with my computer and access to the Internet I will avoid that fate.
      Ron

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