TextStyle1 Shits the Bed

It’s hard to believe, but it’s already been 3 years since I replaced TextStyle1. Since I started the day job, I’ve haven’t been using it nearly as much, preferring the cheapy computer I got a year ago — the one I believe I neglected to tell you I got working once Stephanie and I — well, okay, Stephanie more than I — realized we installed the wrong kind of extra RAM. Even for my non-day-job work, I prefer the newer computer, although I believe much of that is due to where it’s located. After so many years of working in a bedroom that I designate as “my office,” I think I’ve come to see it as a form of punishment to isolate myself in a corner of the apartment. But I digress…

I’d say that since I got the new computer, a.k.a. TextStyle2, I’ve been noticing that TextStyle1 has started throwing me some attitude. Consequently, I’ve grown accustomed to handling it with care. Lately, though, it’s been getting worse.

This evening I received the notice that a new Windows update was available, so I agreed to have it installed, walked away, and promptly forgot about it. When I came back a few hours later, I saw something I never saw since I’ve been using XP, which I find remarkably stable — I’d even say surprisingly stable given we’re talking M$. That which I never saw since using XP but saw tonight was the infamous Windows Blue Screen of Death.

TextStyle1 effectively shit the bed tonight.

Mind you, it recovered well after I let do its disk scan and whatnot. I know it’s not that long ago since I defragmented the hard drive, and I know the hard drive is nowhere near being full. And I am writing this post right now from TextStyle1. But I have to recognize that 3 years is pretty much the expected lifespan of PCs. And in this case, it’s been over 3.5 years.

So, I thought I’d take a look at the Future Shop website for a computer similar to TextStyle2. After all, it’s been completely trouble-free for a year. And thus I discovered I could replace TextStyle1 for half what I paid in April 2003 and get a far more powerful machine.

I’m not going to run off this weekend and replace it, though. But I would rather replace it well before this one craps out on me. My main reason is that I need a backup for TextStyle2 at all times, but also it would be a lot easier to move data from the old to the new TextStyle1 while the former is not yet down on its knees.

I won’t deny that the thought of getting my first Mac crossed my mind this evening. However, for now, I have to banish that thought. If my reason for having two functioning computers is to have one as a backup for my day job, which is very Mac unfriendly, then I wouldn’t be helping matters. And as much as I would love to wrap my mind around the world of Macs, my capacity to learn something new that’s not directly related to my work — either jobs — is a wee bit low right now.

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