There are a few things that aren’t so hot, like having 2 million names in the contact list for texting. I think resolving this one is just a matter of cleaning up my various gmail contact lists. (Some of the names I don’t even recognize. There are two Barbara D’s. One I know; one I’ve never heard of.)
And the new Galaxy is a tad on the large size. (Had to buy a new wallet to accommodate it.) Of course, the larger size makes texting and e-mailing easier. (I’m sick of trade-offs.)
But overall I’d give the Blackberry to Galaxy transition experience an A-.
Having settled in with my new, very smart phone, I decided to put off purchase of a laptop replacement for a bit.
And then my trusty Dell – now 3+ years old, and longest I’ve ever managed to hold on to a laptop – started to kick into nag-to-the-glue-factory mode.
Things were running ultra-slow. Apps – and here I’m talking Office apps, pretty much the only ones I use – were taking forever to load. Mouse and keyboard inputs were jumping around a bit more than usual. The laptop would freeze up on me, and not come out of sleep mode without my removing power source and battery.
And then it started to make noises. Really bad, whining, nasty noises.
At first I thought it might just be the fan, but the fan fixes and workarounds weren’t working.
Plus it started to make noises other than really bad, whining, nasty ones. It started making really bad, clicking, nasty ones.
When I Googled up all the symptoms, it started sounding mother-board-ish. Or, at any rate, something bad.
I have an interview later today with a client’s client for a customer user story. Tomorrow, I’m taking part in a 4-hour analyst session for another client. For both these calls I’ll be taking notes, and I can’t afford to have things go from bad to worse.
I had already decided on a Surface Pro 3 as the replacement. So what was I waiting for, other than the obvious of not wanting to shell out, in one month, for:
a) a costly new phone: seriously, how does something that’s supposed to cost $200 end up setting me back $450; it’s not all because I sprung for the cool Kate Spade case, is it?This is purely a psychological reluctance, a holdover from a no-money childhood in which being able to load up on goodies was an unimaginable luxury. Seriously, I better get used to minor expenses adding up if I’m ever going to get my kitchen and bathroom rehab projects off the ground.
b) a vacation (heading to Edinburgh for a week in June);
c) my homeowner’s insurance bill.
Anyway, yesterday I found myself at the Microsoft store.
I’ve already test-driven the Surface Pro 3, and, although the keyboard’s a bit tinny, it’ll do. The weight (or lack thereof) makes up for the tinny-ness (and, of course, accounts for it). Hopefully, I’ll get used to the overall flimsiness for what is going to me my workhorse.
Of course, there are some aspects that I just out and out don’t like.
I’ve degunked most of the things I’ll never use from the main screen, but I don’t like the swoop your finger stuff. I don’t like where it puts things where I can’t find them. I want the task bar where I can see it.
I don’t like the fact that my trusty old laptop always had at least four bars on my wifi network, while the new sucker doesn’t seem to chug above three. (What’s that about?)
And lots of other little things.
Oh, I’m sure that this will just take some getting used to, and once I’m into the new finger-swooping UI (which is also on the phone) I’ll be fine. But I’m someone who was just as happy managing files at DOS level well into latter-day versions of Windows.
This post may be the last thing I ever do on this laptop (sniff, sniff).
New phone. New computer.
I’m suffering from some sort of technology shock that’s making me long for a rotary dial phone and a typewriter – you know, the sorts of devices you couldn’t take on vacation with you.
I’m sure my suffering will be temporary.
I’ll get used to the new stuff. I always do.
But why does everything have to be so freaking hard?
You’d think I hadn’t spent the last 35 years in the technology biz…
Anyway, if Carbonite manages to back everything up onto my new best friend, and if I can get my blog writing app (nice, no longer supported blog writing freeware from Microsoft – by far the best blog writing app I’ve ever used), and if I’m in the mood, there’ll be a Pink Slip post on Friday.
If not…you'll know I'm still sitting around in a state of techno-shock.