Mid-February my computer (the former Mighty Monster Masher) died and I re-activated Methusalem. But after a week or so Methusalem finally gave in and went to computer heaven. I helplessly tried to use Methusalem‘s grandfather (yes, I know, I know …), fruitlessly, and after some strong thinking (and a blank stare at my bank account) I finally called a man in the Rhineland who offered the machine I have right now.
It arrived some days ago, and I use it. I never used, or possessed, a computer of this kind. This thing is heavy, strong, and quiet. In fact it is a roughly seven year old workstation with a strong Xeon processor, a lot of RAM, and gives me the feeling of driving a Mercedes. I looked inside (because I had to switch something) – no dangling bids & bobs, no cables hanging around, a solid construction, and if need be (and one finds the software that works it) there is the possibility to build in another processing unit. It uses (of course) a 64-bit-version of Windows 7 – and everything is so damn fast, and seemingly easy, it makes me nervous : Is that it ? Is it real ? All my experiences do point into another direction, but I am ready to accept that sometimes things can go smooth.
I am not yet familiar with the in-built browser, I think it is Internet Explorer 11, and of course I still have to fetch all my bookmarks from another hard drive, so I am not able to go around and look at all & everything that happened in Blogsville since I had to take a break. Also my email accounts must flow over, I still did not look at them.
I find it interesting what the no-computer time did with me. At first I came home and looked stupidly at my desk : All the routines did not work anymore. I only then realised how much time I usually spend/t online, looking at “news”, reading blogs, now & then searching for information, trallalah … I looked around and realised that there are other chairs in this room, some I had not used for more than eight months.
I did not miss the “news”. I missed blogs – and what they stand for, persons that is – and I missed the ability to search for information, for literature, images. So I am slowly climbing “back into the saddle”, finding my way through the new operating system and its vast possibilities, making the browser comfortable, hacking my way through tons of emails. This machine / system is terribly underwhelmed with just surfing the web, because I looked for a machine that would allow me to do “something with photographs” : This old battle axe should just do it. But right now I am happy that it just works.
I hope this finds you, my venerated and remaining reader, well, alive and kicking – I’ll drop by as soon as possible.