Monday, Nov. 13, 2006
Dang. I didn't realize how MUCH difference a new computer would make.
Yup, Ms. Broker-than-broke bought a brand spanking new setup today, primarily because when I start by selling the old computer, add one uber-cheap computer at Staples, and the aforementioned unexpected income, it was just too good a deal to pass up.
Of course now I will be living on bologna and/or peanut butter sandwiches for a few weeks, but as MC pointed out, it was long overdue and it's a legitimate business expense. The old computer had outlived its usefulness long ago, as it was about fifteenth-hand when I got it, and I was struggling to manage the web stuff because (among other things) the hard drive was just about maxed out.
By the time you figure in rebates and what I got from selling my old 'puter, I'll be out just a little over $200 for this one, counting tax. It costs nearly that much just to buy a Windoze install CD! It was just too good to pass up. The brand name isn't my first choice, but again - $200 for a complete computer, people. Including monitor, keyboard, yada yada.
But for the lady who bought my old one, she's overjoyed. She was working from a borrowed(!) Win98 machine. Compared to that, she's getting a fabulous computer, and I didn't charge her very much for it at all.
I also talked to someone in the know who pointed me to a possibility for high-speed Internet even here in Rural Podunk, Arizona. The monthly cost is a bit steep - $79 - but the initial installation is only $300 for equipment. Bonus points because it's 100% transportable, so we can take it with when we move. I'm definitely going to check further into it. We are finally starting to get some money in on the web stuff, and still have some billing to do, so it is within the realm of possibility.
I'm stuck in slow motion for the moment; much as I'd like to start transferring documents and files over, the computer's currently tied up with the dial-up operation, downloading updates for Norton. It won't do both dial up and LAN simultaneously, and I plan to use the LAN to transfer the files.
However, it just signalled me that Norton's done its thing, so I set up the LAN here and hopefully it'll find the other computer on reboot. Cross your fingers!
Before - After
In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )