Sunday, September 27, 2009

Here's how I start each morning

I'm sure it comes as no surprise to anyone that the first thing I do in the morning, after making coffee, is to come to the computer. Even on weekends I'm out of bed long before Cliff is, so there's nothing pressing I have to do, once I'm awake. Besides, we all need something to do as we drink our coffee and get ourselves awake. Right?

I've always turned my computer off at night; so when I'm out of bed, I turn it on. Then I'm off to the bathroom and to the kitchen to make coffee. By the time I've done that, the old Dell is booted up and ready to surf. Or at least that's how it used to be.

These days, not so much. Oh, the thing turns on just fine, but when I sit down at the keyboard I find it isn't connected to the Internet. Every. Single. Morning.

My next move after this happens is to open up Cliff's laptop, which is never turned off until it's moving as slow as molasses because it's used all it's resources (don't get me started), and see if it connects. Nine times out of ten, it does, so I know the problem is with my computer and not my router or DSL.

So I turn off my desktop, get on my knees (not a pleasant thing for a person with faulty knees), reach under my desk, and unplug the tower. I go surf for awhile on the laptop, come back in here and plug my computer in, wait for it to boot up, and then, usually, it connects just fine.

I tried leaving it on all night; no dice. Next morning it wouldn't connect to the Internet until I unplugged it, waited, and plugged it back in.

Last night after I turned the dadgummed thing off, I decided to unplug it then, rather than wait until morning. It took it awhile this morning, but it did finally connect without my turning it back off and unplugging it.

I feel I'm getting closer and closer to that Mac Mini. I've been checking to make sure my external hard drive has all my good stuff on it... pictures and songs and such.

By the way, Cliff says "Mac Mini" sounds like something you'd buy at McDonald's.

I'm tired of Windows updates that refuse to update but constantly sit on my task bar nagging at me. I'm sick of seeing my anti-virus find new unwanted programs and viruses at least once a week. The glowing reports in my comment section from happy Mac owners are succeeding in swaying me to the other side.

Meanwhile, I have a cow staring at my front door; I put her baby up last night so I could get some milk, and she's bound to start bawling at me soon. She isn't worried about the calf, but she knows sweet feed is waiting when I let her in the barn.

Just like clockwork, Bonnie is getting very vocal. Have a good day!


m.v. said...

I have a Windows computer from day one and hardly ever have problems.My virus program may blink once a year,windows updates work, etc. macs are fine but you pay double or triple for the hype.I am sure you will enjoy it when you get it for the price of a PC AND a cow.

madcobug said...

So far I haven't had a problem with the antivirus finding anything. But when problems start they can be aggravating. You don't have to worry about waiting on Bonny, she is there and waiting LOL. Helen

Barbara said...

Sounds like my morning routine before I went back to work. I was on an old Windows 98 with a tiny old harddrive then. And it too kept coming up slower and slower every morning. And then would come on but go off and have to be rebooted to come on and stay. Eventually just quit coming on. Turned out to be my hard drive died. So we used an even smaller, slower 98 until Feb. before last.

Then I used part of our income tax return and bought an Acer M1100 with Windows Vista Home Premium. Personally, I love it!

Tawnya said...

I have a Dell desk top and lap top. I have not had any issues with my desk top since I got it in Feb of 2007. My lap top was another story, I finally got Dell out here to replace my mother board and my hard drive and have not had any issues since. Although I am drooling over the Mac books now since you mentioned the Mac mini. Oh btw, Mc Donalds has a Mac snack wrap, which is a Big Mac mini... LOL

Paula said...

If I turned my computer on first thing in the morning I would never get anything done. Guess that is called undiciplined. lol

Debbie said...

Computers are very addicting. I love to read blogs while I drink my coffee too. Maybe I should get a Bonnie to distract me away from it because I don't seem to get anything done around here.

I hope after you milked Bonnie you & Cliff were able to go on your road trip.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I get up an extra 1/2 hour every morning just so I can make my daily entry. I set up the coffee the night before and put it on auto so that's ready when I come downstairs. I used to read books with my coffee in the morning now I read blogs. My morning devotional is online too so I'm all set for the day. So far I've not had any problems with my pc but do wish I'd gotten the mac. It'll be 2 this fall so it's comparatively young yet. My laptop is much older but I rarely use it. Still and all if I had it to do over I'd get a mac.

Rachel said...

Maybe it'll help if you know that it's not a "McMini" but a MAC, mini. Not pronounced like a McD's menu item at all...and they're wonderful.