I’m currently struggling through a computer upgrade to a laptop and I must say that once the excitement over the new purchase wears off, it’s a lot of hard work.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the new unit ( an Acer Aspire 5742G ). It has an i3 chip and a very nice GFX card built in, but restoring your desktop takes time and little things keep popping up that I haven’t dealt with yet.
Firstly, out goes that horrible time waster Norton’s anti-virus shocker, and in goes some freebie anti-virus programs. Bewdy. Instant speed boost.
Then it’s time to get Chrome as the browser, Hootsuite for twitter, install Office 2010, and then start configuring.
Outlook. I love it to bits but it sure is high maintenance to get it just so. I like to add pics for the Contacts but I seem to have lost the contacts and the links from the old desktop PC. This has been complicated by adding a couple of extra mailboxes that I have been acquiring over the years so now I’m a bit lost about what went where.
The next trick was trying to get into the Windows Homegroup. The idea was to just slide things across once the boxes could see each other. Well that fell straight over. The Homegroup requires a password and I went to the unit that it was set up on. It gave me the password but sadly neither of the other 2 computers can get in with it. Weird. But having a nice 1 Tb drive I have simply used it to transfer data. I’m sure its easier than fiddling with weird Windows problems.
The next trick was attempting to install Xara ( an excellent package for designing web pages ). Did the download but the serial didn’t work. Yep. It’s a new version. A new investment is required but believe me this program is a snap at $50 US.
Time for a blog post. Bugger. Time to download Windows Live Writer. I’d forgotten I would need that. That’s down now and I’m writing this blog entry with this nice little program from MicroSoft.
So 3 days in to the new lappy and I still have miles to go to get things comfy. I guess it goes with the territory. Aside from the improved computing power though is the added bonus of a good data Spring Cleaning. Belting things into shape makes the next computer crash just that much easier to recover from.