Moving into the 21stCentury!

Dell_Desktop_Computer_in_school_classroomMy old desktop computer died this week.   It was probably 15 years old – at least!

It sat on a  “computer desk” in my bedroom since I moved to Florida some ten years ago and it sat in our family room, in New Jersey well before that.  It was connected to the internet by a cable running through the wall and attic of my home.  No wireless.  Hard wired.  I remember accessing the net via a telephone line; remember that weird sound the dial-up used to make?  When cable internet came around it seemed like a miracle.

I never realized the sheer size of the set-up.  Never noticed perhaps because it worked and did everything I asked it to do.  I was running Windows XP!

Well this week it died.  I couldn’t get on the net,  Called the cable company but everything appeared normal from their shop to my router.  Checked the myriad wires behind my computer desk.  Couldn’t find anything wrong or loose.

Called my daughter’s father in law who is a techie by trade.  “Get rid of that piece of junk!” was his response.  Even Windows doesn’t support XP anymore!

So I came  to the conclusion that I needed to move on.  My room looked like the 1990s.  I began to dismantle my ancient set-up, setting each piece off to the side, later to carry into the garage – the cemetery for things no longer of use.

I was surprised at how much these parts weighed – a “desktop”, a keyboard, fax machine, printer, three speakers, a mouse and a giant TV screen.  Geez!

I wiped the dust off of the desk and began removing wires and cables which connected it all together.  When I was done the desk was cleared and cleaned – and I realized the amount of space the set-up took up.

I also realized how it looked to the younger generation – like my daughters.  The old man was trapped in the wire world while they knew nothing but wireless.  I even have a flip-phone!

Mine was not a wifi home.

On Sunday I went shopping.  I explained to the young man that I needed a basic computer for access to the net and word processing.  He asked what I was previously running and rolled his eyes when I said “XP Home edition”.  “Well at least you skipped Windows 8 – everyone hated it!”

I bought my self an HP notebook with a decent sized screen and a very comfortable keyboard – and a touch screen!  Brought it home, took it out of the box and set it on my computer desk.  It looks so lonely – yet does everything and more than the old giant set-up.

Next I called the cable company and ordered wifi in my home.  Techie came out yesterday and installed my wireless router.

Told my eldest of my adventures.  She laughed.

Welcome to the 21st century Pops!

So this is my first post on my new laptop.  I’m still finding my away around.





About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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8 Responses to Moving into the 21stCentury!

  1. beetleypete says:

    I went backwards to you, Frank! I started with a Dell laptop, then ‘graduated’ to an HP desktop. It has Intel i3, no touchscreen (God forbid) and Windows 7. The RAM and Hard Drive are huge, I have never made a dent in them. The computer is connected via cable, not wi-fi (which fluctuates) and I have never looked back. The whole deal was less than half the price of my Dell laptop, ten years earlier, and I still use a Dell 15″ monitor, given to me by a friend.
    Congratulations on joining the ‘techies’, I might get there, one of these days…
    Best wishes, Pete.


    • toritto says:

      Hi Pete! Running Windows 10 with more RAM and disk space than I will ever use. I can still plug in the old hard wire cable and not bother with the wifi if I so desire. So far so good! 🙂
      It’s nice to be able to take the computer into another room if I feel like it.


      • beetleypete says:

        That’s very true my friend. Julie has a very portable Tablet computer. I am old school, in that I like the requirement to retreat into another room to write!
        Best wishes, Pete.


  2. Welcome to our world!

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  3. great ! ☺
    Suppose, it’s Windows 10.

    Have you already tried the touch screen for editing (parts of) your WordPress article ? How do you get along without the mouse ?

    I don’t have a desktop/notebook any more, only use a 6.4″ tablet (without any mouse or physical keyboard) …
    Having got used to this over 3 years, I do not want back to Windows and/or classical input methods…


  4. teny says:

    Best of luck with the new adventures 🙂
    Took me a long time to get rid of the wires too 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Enjoy. I too remember all that stuff, and now have my first HP

    Liked by 1 person

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