May 23, 2007

The difference between black and white: A computer transition

My Dell was a one-of-a-kind because I built it, or at least that's what Steve said... Black, with silver embellishments--a standard student edition--my college computer was a genuine treasure. It ran more programs than I probably should have tried. It never contracted a virus. The speakers were stellar, and I even installed a cut-rate DVD player without calling a tech during its tenure on my desk.

My Dell is now in a clothes basket.

It's cleaned, both inside and out, for its new owner. I didn't realize what a task this would prove to be. With all the programs that I had loaded on the hard drive, in addition to my own photos, documents and music, I thought I'd never finish. Thank God for Box. I have all of my files loaded onto three one-gigabyte free accounts. That took awhile, but they're all there. I also have backups of my written work on CD. After all, Jesus saves...ask Dennis Jerz, if you don't get that one.

The buyer was a happy find. I pitched the idea to the library where I work and one of the board members said he was interested in purchasing it. My Mac plans are now in motion. I'm probably going to buy one in August (for possible free iPod and student software discounts) and tough out the next few months on my sister's computer or at the library. However, I am tempted to wait just a little longer for the new operating system, Leopard...but I think October may be a bit too long to wait.

It's bittersweet saying goodbye to my first large appliance. Cars have personality, and just enough attitude to make you feel like they own you, rather than the other way around. Computers--or maybe I should say this one--feel like you have worked together toward a common goal. I wrote many papers, many blogs and many articles on my black wonder, and I shall miss it. I'm probably buying a white MacBook, so the difference between the two will be as drastic as literally, between black and white.

In related news, my computer desk decided it was time to die. I decided to move the desk out of my room for obvious space reasons, and the pressed board leg buckled and then unhinged itself. I heaved the mess out the front door this afternoon and it's garbage truck bound.

The transition's already beginning...

Posted by Amanda Cochran at May 23, 2007 4:16 PM | TrackBack

Heh. I remember your face when I told that joke.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at May 23, 2007 6:28 PM

I understand how you feel. I'm on my second car, my third computer, my third cell phone, and (going on) my third digital camera. I'm not hard on my stuff, my stuff just has the habit of displeasing me.

But my VW, iBook, and phone are great... and I'm sure once I buy my new camera it'll be great, too. I've learned a lot about appliances and such in each endeavor--mostly to buy the warranty and squeeze every last dime from it (which is why my Kodak camera is going back).

I can't wait till you get your Mac... I'm almost as excited for you as I am that I'll be getting a Macbook for work! :)

Posted by: Karissa at May 23, 2007 7:47 PM

That joke would have been even funnier in a different context, but I suppose it has stayed with me.

And Karissa, sorry to hear about your Kodak. I was actually looking at some refurbished ones on their Web site, but who knows, I may just be saving my money to buy a full-fledged video camera for class.

It's all so surreal. These things are actually happening. They're not down the road, they're around the corner. I think this is where I insert my happy-go-lucky naive-about-the-world woo hoo! So, woo hoo.

Posted by: Amanda at May 23, 2007 9:35 PM

Don't buy a Kodak. Just don't. The customer support isn't worth paying for the brand. Get something--anything--else. (Obviously I had a bad experience, no?) And buy the warranty no matter what. That's what is going to buy me a new camera--thanks to the store's warranty, I'll get the full price of the camera's value to go buy a different one!

Yeah, for me the "things" are right here, right now and will continue to approach without a syllabus or lecture... and I don't have to write about them, but I'm choosing to (like that was a difficult choice?). You're going to do just fine. :) I'm anxious to see how things unfold for you, too.

Posted by: Karissa at May 24, 2007 7:36 AM
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