Recently it became necessary for me to purchase a new laptop. I went to the Dell Outlet to purchase a refurbished machine. I never purchase new laptops or computers.
To me, purchasing a brand new laptop or computer is like purchasing a brand new car. Why spend the extra money on the latest and greatest when in 15 minutes it will no longer be the latest and greatest? Not only that, purchasing a refurbished laptop from Dell means that it’s already configured and ready to ship. I received the new machine in 3 days.
Working with the New Toy
My old refurbished laptop is 5 years old. It served me very well and paid for itself many times over, but I think it’s time to move on. Working on the new system is almost like moving into a newly built, well-designed office. It’s sleek, sexy and efficient. I almost felt the need to shower and dress prior to starting my work day this morning rather than starting my work day in my jammies (I thought better of it, however).
Feeling My Way Around
While the laptop is working just fine, I find the problem I’m having is that my software doesn’t like Windows Vista and visa versa. Unfortunately, I’ve been spending more time configuring, purchasing or creating work arounds for my software rather than actually getting work done. Every time I think I’ve got everything running just fine, another software program begins to act funky.
All Part of the Work at Home Gig
Since I can’t place a call to my Tech Support staff to fix my computer software issues, I guess I’ve got to take the time to get things running right. Realizing that computer stuff is part of the work at home thing, I have to look at it as a necessary (although unpleasant) part of the work day.
The good thing about it is that my computer challenges and victories are a breeding ground for article topics. After all, what better way to come up with something to write about than to actually experience it? There’s always a silver lining for every cloud.