Change is an interesting subject. Most times I embrace change whole heartedly. That shouldn’t be a surprise considering a mobile lifestyle is all about change. But then there are times or situations that I resist change as much as possible.
I was resisting the thought of getting a new computer and learning Windows 10. Just thinking about it had me walking, rather running, in another direction. The mere thought of dealing with technology change almost had me breaking out in hives. If there was a word depicting the opposite of Geek, that would describe me to a tee. I am definitely not a techie. With that said, the past month I chose to play ostrich and avoid the subject by leaving the computer off. I must admit, the break from the internet allowed me to complete a bunch of projects around the RV as well as get in a fair amount of hiking.
I knew months ago my laptop was slowly doing a death dance, but I loved the old gal. She and I got along famously for years and I wasn’t interested in changing things up. She loyally cared for my thousands of digital photos, put out hundreds of blog posts, and supported all my documents.
Her keys were worn to the point that half the letters were no longer legible making it impossible for Al to use my laptop (he’s never managed to memorize the keyboard and still pecks away at the keys 😆 ). She sported a huge crack along one side that seemed to be growing and her screen was no longer firmly attached, but we were a comfortable fit.
Day in and day out, she’d sit on my lap providing endless hours of entertainment. Perhaps too many hours.I had no intention of replacing her. Quite frankly, I didn’t want a new computer, but after months of babying her and refreshing her to factory status, she just wasn’t up to the task at hand. She was tired and wearing out, and when I could no longer upload my photos, I had to embrace the thought that change was necessary. Plus, I was missing you guys!
I shopped, then shopped some more. I’m usually a very decisive shopper, but not this time. Google became my best friend enlightening me on the differences between Intel’s i3, i5, and i7 processors. A Mac was out of the question. First, it wasn’t within my budget, and second I felt that would be too much of a change. Although last year’s change from an Android to an iPhone was ezzie peezie and I love my iPhone 5, I just wasn’t going to go from a PC to a Mac at this point and time.
It’s been a week and my new HP Pavilion laptop and I are getting along swell. Windows 10 wasn’t the navigation nightmare I thought it might be. Yes, it’s different, and yes, the first few days I was Googling “how to” a lot, but I haven’t broken out in sweats or hives due to the change. I’ve even been having fun setting the new computer up.
We’re still closely monitoring our data usage considering we almost maxed out our 30 gigs last month and I was hardly on the internet. Apparently, Al’s computer and my old computer had programs running in the background that were gobbling up data. Thus, my internet presence was throttled severely. I’m hoping to be back blogging soon and am starting to catch up on all your latest posts. I’m still a little slow with the new gal, but the more time we spend together, the more familiar we’ll get and I’ll soon be sharing plenty of photos of the desert blooming. You’ve been warned!
For those of you curious, this is the laptop I ended up getting….
HP Pavilion 15t 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (6th Gen Intel Core i5-6200u Processor, 8GB DDR3L RAM, 1TB HDD, Windows 10), Natural Silver