The preceding period of peace and quiet has been brought to you by…. MY NEW COMPUTER!
No 100-word Flash Fiction, or even a WOW, this week. They say that people begin to look like their pets. Maybe, but my now-old computer was beginning to act far too much like me. It was sated, stuffed, glutted, over-filled, crammed – over 900 blog-post files, and more pictures than an art gallery.
My poor, old H-P Compaq was almost 7 years old. I got it shortly after I began blogging, and even published a story about being without a computer for three days while it got trained. Never terribly powerful to begin with, it has become subject to Moore’s Law, which says that power doubles every 2 years.
In dog– computer-years, it was… let’s see. Holy Crap, it’s pterodactyl-time. The thing was older than me, practically prehistoric! We considered adding more RAM and/or memory, but it would be like ‘souping up’ an old car. We’d be putting soup in a sieve. My new Acer has 10 times the process strength, and 2 terabytes of memory.
The old Compaq was like me after a big meal, just sitting there, mumbling to itself, and not really accomplishing anything. I asked the son to have it do a complete security scan, when he arrived home in the morning. We wouldn’t be getting out of bed for 2 or 3 hours.
On his computer, that would take an hour/hour-and-a-half. Like a contented cow chewing its cud, it sat there, happily burbling away for over 9 ½ hours, stealing most of a day’s work time from me. Finally – ‘Can I go to WordPress now?’ Moooo.
It’s been another 3 days without a computer, and I’m getting trained on lots of new (to me) computer tricks. I know enough to be able to retrieve Word files, and publish them on my blogsite. My new electronic best-friend is doing things much quicker. Just don’t expect the quality of the posts to improve. By Monday we’ll be back on schedule with the A To Z – Challenge post for the letter C. I hope to C you there. 🙂