Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Moving forward in a backward sort of way.

So I went out yesterday and bought my first new computer in several decades. I was worried about how many chowderheads were claiming that Windows 7 was their idea, so I decided to buy a computer from a company that admits they write their own operating system.

I got the Mac Mini from the Apple Store in Emeryville. The purchasing process was fairly straightforward and it took me less than a half hour to set the thing up. Transferring over data took a little longer and currently the Mac Mini doesn't recognize the modem because it doesn't have the Earthlink software. I'll make a call today to get that situation rectified.

When I say I bought my first new computer in decades, it's not like I've still been using something from the Stone Age all this time. Friends have bought me computers or given me hand me downs, and the laptop I'm using to write this post was part of my pay for writing the Pascal's Triangle website about six years ago.

I'm not sure it's the most recent computer purchase I made, but the last computer I distinctly remember buying was a Mac 128K back in 1984. I probably spent $2,000 for it, and then I had to pony up for a second floppy drive port. Remember when companies thought one floppy drive was enough external memory, or 128 K of RAM was enough internal memory?

If you do, you are both old and a nerd. I don't mean to be harsh, but there it is.

I will keep you posted on my first impressions of the modern day Mac. I am full of fun facts about it already. For instance, did you realize that the screen is now separate from the rest of the machine and it's in color? Golly, it's like living in the future.


Anne said...

OMG. I need a new computer and have been putting it off for so long. But a Mac? I hadn't seriously thought of that. I just want something with a decent sized screen, and they don't do that these days.

(I am old, I am old, I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled...)

Matty Boy said...

I kept my old monitor, it just needs an adapter. Right now, the only problem I have is getting it to recognize the modem.

Padre Mickey said...

I had to get an adaptor for my monitor, too, but they gots em.

I really enjoy our macmini; I hope your works out well for you.

namastenancy said...

I'm a nerd and proud of it! Thanks to the nasty politics on one of the departments where I worked, I was using the Apple II until 1993. I have boxes of floppy discs, all carefully labeled which was the only way I got around the lack of RAM and HD space. Enjoy the current version of the MAC. Athena (my at-home Apple computer) has been chugging away since 2004 with nary a glitch. I had to add an external HD (500 GB!) for my images and music but other wise, she's a real honey.
But not, of course, in the same class as Indira.

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