My old Dell was ready to be taken to the woodshed for a quick gun shot to the hard drive to put it out of its misery so I bit the bullet and bought a new Dell, during their early Black Friday sale last week. $100 off so a 17″ with pretty much all I need (except any Office software) was $549. To think some of my first computers were in the thousands of dollars. This was a good deal, other than it comes with the insufferable Windows 10. Gag. With Windows 10 comes the even worse search bar Cortana that will ONLY open Bing to do the search. Chrome extensions had a program that would work around that, Chrometana, but in going to install it, I read that Microsoft revoked its license. Um, okay.
Of course, the worst part of anything new is getting used to the new everything – or, as in my case, changing everything new to suit my old sensibilities. Color scheme. Home page photo. Making Chrome the default search. Adding some Chrome extensions. Deep-sixing McAfee and installing my Norton software instead.
I’ve been doing very little to the laptop until last night when I had some free time. I uninstalled McAfee (much to the consternation of Dell, who kept asking me Are You Sure??
Yep, my trusty Norton has served me well. Once McAfee was uninstalled, the computer wanted to restart and whoa, it went into a total reconfiguration and update that took well over an hour and several restarts.
The updates started at 8:08p. Here we are at 8:28p….
Even after it reached 100%, the screen and computer went into another fifteen minutes or more of this crap….
Once the computer finally restarted, many of the settings I took the time to reconfigure were gone. It’s as if the computer thought I was turning it on for the first time.
I still have a long way to go to make the new computer the default, the one and only. There’s the matter of 26,000+ photos on the old Dell and all the documents I might want too. I did easily export all my Chrome favorite folders and that’s huge but the bigger task, and one not so easy, is to configure all my email aliases into Thunderbird. As you know, because I try and stay one step ahead of the law, I have about SIX email addresses – two for the blog, one for ordering things online that doesn’t use my name, one gmail address for no other reason than to have it (I never use it), one for personal correspondence with my name in it, and one more for good luck.
Change is a good thing – I’m all for changing and evolving and learning – except for Windows! Ten is a high bar of learning curve – too fancy and dazzley. Just give me a way to search. A way to find programs (which, by the way, Windows Ten calls apps!). A way to personalize the home page so it doesn’t look so darn busy.
Football today – Giants at 1:00. Otherwise, a quiet day to figure out this new-fangled thing.
Happy Sunday one and all.