Friday, January 12, 2018

That old bloody computer is dead

Here we are, new year and new random expense because technology decides that it no longer wants to work.  Yep, but the reality of the situation is that I have been wanting to upgrade for a long time as that old dog needed put down.

The other day I was getting ready to guest on a random podcast (which hopefully I'll get to within the next week or  two) and while just randomly browsing the internet (non porn sites) it BSOD (Blue Screen of Death for those who didn't suffer through Windows 95, 97, XP, etc).   It then said that it was going to gather info and reboot.  After the info was gathered it rebooted it went into a cycle where it said it was repairing the disc and would reboot.

I left the room and later went to bed.  I woke up the next morning and it was still doing the same thing, over and over and over.

So, I rebooted it and then it would only come to a screen that would not let me boot, would not let me do anything.  In fact, it told me that the boot partition was unreadable - complete and utter hard drive failure.

So, I bought a new computer and (my wife just asked me if I liked it and then said she just wishes that I would have gotten the one I really wanted instead of settling for this - man I love that woman) it arrived today.

The keyboard is more comfortable.  I hit the track pad thingie a lot less often.  It's kinda cool looking that the keyboard is backlit but at the same time I realize that is because too many people have not learned to type properly and if it is dark they need some sort of help to find the right letters.

So now it is just a matter of downloading and installing the programs that I use regularly.

The first thing I did was went to download Google Chrome instead of Microsoft Edge.  On the search page MS takes up the top quarter of the website giving you reasons why Edge is better than Chrome.

Then I went to to log into my Gmail account and Google has a popup that tells me I should install Chrome as it is a better browsing experience.

Christ, I might have to start using Web Crawler again so I don't have to deal with this kind of peer pressure.

So far this year I have hit my step goal every single day.  I'm over 10k today but I'm still about 1200 steps away from my ultimate daily goal but here I sit typing away at this blog and not going for a walk and telling myself it is ok to slack since I work at the butt crack of Dawn tomorrow morning.

Hope everyone else out there is having a fabulous 2018.  I think I'm going to go take a quick walk so that I can get those 1200 steps in and feel better about life.


  1. I tried MS Edge for a while. It just doesn't work as well as Chrome, or maybe I'm just used to Chrome. Also, Bind just sucks. Ms tries to claim it's faster than Chrome -- I call B.S. And it does a poorer job finding what I'm looking for. (I don't hate MS, btw, I love Windows 10.)

    1. I've been a huge fan of chrome for a long time and will continue to use it.

      I almost bought a pixelbook because of it but decided at the last minute to stick with a traditional laptop