I think my computer may be headed to the electronics graveyard soon. The ole Dellatron (my nickname for my laptop) runs slow, the battery is totally dead (so it always has to be plugged in) and the fan makes funny noises. I’ve deleted all the programs I don’t use anymore – like Matlab, the last remains of my days of a grad student, and cleaned up my music and pictures, cleaned the fan and air vents out, but nothing has really helped. I’m afraid one of these days it’s just not going to start up. I imagine that’s probably every blogger’s worst nightmare though.
Even though I don’t like the idea, it looks like I may need a new laptop soon. It’s been 5 years since I bought Dellatron, so I guess she’s had a good run. If ole Dellatron can hold out until I get my tax refund back, I’m thinking I’ll use my refund to buy a new laptop instead of dipping into my savings. If Dellatron doesn’t last that long, it won’t be the of the world, I can cover the cost of a new computer with what I’ve got saved up. There’s no way around it, if Dellatron dies, it has to be replaced, so I’ll suck it up and shell out the money. First world problems huh?
I still have to figure out what kind of new computer to get. I use my computer primarily to:
- Store photos (many), music (some), and movies (a few)
- Blog of course
- Do all my financial stuff. I love me some spreadsheets.
- Do office work (presentations, document processing)
- Do other random stuff like keep the family tree (1200 relatives and counting!), google sketchup designs and some photo editing. Now that I have a fancier camera, I have bigger photos and I’m really interested in maybe getting Photoshop or Illustrator and doing more graphic design stuff, so it would be nice to have a computer that could handle that stuff too.
The big decision is of course: Mac vs. PC. I’ve used PCs all my life, so I’m really familiar with them, I don’t hate Bill Gates or Microsoft, and they are cheap. Macs, on the other hand, are pretty slick looking machines, less prone to viruses and the effects of crap software, but are significantly more expensive. I’m going to have so start researching a little more, but I’d love to hear your opinion. What kind of machine do you have? What would you recommend? Any brands out there you wouldn’t even buy for your cat to sleep on?