Over the weekend, I got a new computer. I've been stalling for over a year, despite the fact my old computer ate my mailing list FOUR TIMES. I lost updates to books in progress. It froze all the time. It was very slow. Still, I dragged my feet. It wasn't just the investment, it was ... the dreaded learning curve.
I worked production in a machine shop for 18 months. While there, I learned to swear like a sailor. (When you work with a group of really rough guys, you'd better grow a thick skin PDQ.) I think I repeated everything I learned there during the past few days of adjustment to my new computer.
The good? A 27-inch screen. Can you say, "SAAAAWEEEEEEETTTT?" It's wonderful. I pumped up the font size and don't have to wear glasses when I work anymore. And I can have my spreadsheets open while looking at websites. I found a lovely wallpaper of an alien planet with planets and stars filling the sky. The screen saver puts on a show with my own pictures, and I've found myself sitting there watching the slide show.
The bad? New software. I loathe when software engineers have to change everything around JUST BECAUSE THEY CAN. Luckily, I have someone I can email and yell, "HELP!" (I love you, Dru Ann!) Even just making a new file folder has become a strange and alien practice. There's all kinds of new software on this thing and I have no idea what it does or why it's there. I have strange new icons. What are they for? I used to line up my windows on my bottom tool bar thingy in a certain order. Well, forget that. They're in whatever order some engineer wanted them (and look suspiciously like the set up on my iMac).
It's going to take me weeks before I figure this all out.
And did I mention I got a new laptop, too? I can't wait to try that out this weekend.
How about you? Did you have a long learning curve the last time you got a new computer?