May 25, 2006

Amanda's PC System Preferences: Be a good Dell (and I won't kill you)

I consider myself a patient person. Though my family and friends may say otherwise, I think I am. I can be patient when the person in front of me in line counts out $16.25 in pennies and nickels. I can wait in hour-long lines at theme parks. I can even refrain from using language against my fellow motorist who just took my turn at a four-way stop.

But what I can't do, what really feels like someone is pulling flesh from my skin, inch by inch, is wait on my computer to load a simple program like Word. I have even downloaded software on my computer, hoping things would speed up--but no. To get to my old files, OpenOffice must go through my crap Word to retrieve the originals.

So today, after almost four years of owning my Dell, I was ready for war. I slashed and hacked at default programs I never have or never will use. I deleted. I searched through setting after setting to figure out what the heck was slowing down my system.

It was the system. XP, with all its annoyingly comic graphics and decorative windows, was slowing down my computer to a molasses-in-wintertime pace. My computer is now switched to "traditional view" with all the gray boxes. I revel in the grayness, though. The gray is magnificent! I wave the gray over the spoils of fast windows and a speedy delivery of information.

A war was won today, and I did a celebratory prance, but now I'm quickly off to yet another struggle. The biggest epic lies within Word--against myself and the words. AH! Will the madness never cease?!

Posted by Amanda Cochran at May 25, 2006 9:11 PM | TrackBack

Every so often I check a site like this, which offers tips for avoiding Windows annoyances:,aid,121773,00.asp

Good luck fighting the system!

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at May 26, 2006 8:56 PM

Thank you!

Posted by: Amanda at May 26, 2006 10:39 PM

Macs are colorful and reliable :-)

Just a friendly reminder from your neighborhood Mac-lover :-D

Good luck with the battle... Mac won the war.

Posted by: Karissa at May 27, 2006 12:17 AM
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