I’m frazzled. Pleased. Tired. And only a little sticker-shocked.
The old PowerSpec desktop and failing Daewoo LCD monitor have been replaced. By a spanking new Compaq Presario desktop PC, and a Viewsonic 19″ widescreen LCD monitor on a swivel base that also can be tilted and raised and lowered.
The good: The new PC and monitor are better, faster and fancier. The Compaq is also more quiet than the Powerspec, which is noisier than any desktop I’ve owned including prior Powerspecs. Now I even have a Lightscribe DVD drive.
The bad: Making lists and checking them twice, gotta be sure to save everything necessary before I use Active@Killdisk to wipe the old PC’s hard drive clean. I’ve used that free program to wipe clean the hard drives of all my old PCs before donating them or handing them in for recycling/disposal.
The ugly: Trying to adjust to Windows Vista. Just when Windows XP and its predecessors had worn me down to putting things in the “My Documents” folder – including counterintuitive things such as pictures and music files – Vista has changed the locations of such things. Note to self: DO NOT EMPTY THE RECYCLE BIN (on the new PC). Maybe ever. I found my whole iTunes library in there an hour ago. Eeek!