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.