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Tuesday, September 1, 2015
New Computer, finally
Well, I finally broke down and did it. I bought a new computer. For the the last few weeks I've been trying to write using a small Kindle tablet. The Bluetooth keyboard was a big help, but the teeny tiny text was starting to get to me. Writing a short blog post wasn't bad, but doing anything longer caused eye strain. Old eyes, what can I say?
It's nice to have a new computer, but it's also a huge pain. This is my first encounter with Windows 10. In a few days I'll have to figure out how to install Ubuntu Linux. Having the ability to duel boot a computer is nice. I like to do most of my work in Linux, but there are some programs that only run in Windows. For now my efforts are going into setting up the Windows side the way I want it.
This is another fairly inexpensive machine, a Acer Aspire R11. It's what they call a “Cloud Computer.” In short that means they saved money by putting in a small amount of memory. It appears to function like a cross between a laptop and a tablet. Memory space is “off site” somewhere in the mysterious cloud. Of course, no Internet connection, no memory.
The small memory capacity isn't all that big a deal anymore. I backed up all of my last computer on a little plug in USB drive. All I have to do is plug it in and I'm good to go. While I've found the cloud a convenient way to move files from one device to another, all my important stuff is backed up on devices in my physical possession.
For me computers are just a tool. The cheapest one that will do the job without falling apart is the one for me.
I live in an area of NH known as the Great North Woods. I'm in my dome-i-cile out in the county with my lovely wife and a varying number of family and friends
-part red neck, part hippie but all country. Experimenting and enjoying the adventure of life.