Wednesday, November 9, 2011

PC Woes

Although I have neurotic tendencies and am a pretty Type A person, I can't say that I have anxiety issues. That is until I'm forced to work with technology. It's hard to understand and even harder to explain. Let me be clear, I have basic computer skills and can use many different programs. Since learning to type, in middle school, I've always been able to type upwards of 60 words per minute (thanks in part to my extremely long fingers). Nevertheless, I have a severe reluctance to become a tech whiz.

I guess the first mental block has to do with personal preference. I'd prefer to write with a pen. Secondly, I tend to get comfortable doing things a certain way and resist unnecessary change. "If it ain't broke don't fix it!". I'm huge on systems and routines. Once I get in the routine of doing something a certain way, I stick with it unless I feel that it's no longer working even if it's not popular or trendy. Basically, if I'm the last person on the planet doing it I don't care as long as it's working for me. I guess that may sound a bit narcissistic, too, huh? Anyway…

Our desktop PC has been on the fritz for a while. The hubby has practically rebuilt it a dozen times and it still has boogers. Unfortunately for me, this time of year is the WORST to be without the computer. In addition to the boys' weekly homework, I use it often to upload pictures for sharing, blogging and ordering online.
With our desktop out of commission, we've had to use the Mac. I haven't used a Mac since college. I can type and do a few things online, but that's about it. I've had to learn how to open documents and attachments. Locating files and pictures is like going on a scavenger hunt.

Attaching the external hard drive, the weird mouse pad, all of the extra steps to complete each function.....I just don't like it! We were both in denial, but it looks like we're getting a new desktop for Christmas.

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