Time marches on, things change, kids grow up, our homes evolve, family scatters, but sometimes we can feel like we’re standing still while the world marches past, moving inexorably forward. Shouting down the marchers does no good.
That was more or less how I felt for a while. Clicking along, merrily, perhaps a bit cocky and overly confident in the day-to-day workings I’d churn out online in formulations, label production, graphic design, blog posts, Instagram & Twitter moments then Bam! It all came to a screeching halt.
Windows 10 ran an update,(cue ominous music) which did not play well with others. My computer lost sight of several things – first, our network settings, so trying to get that back caused us to lose our sound card codec settings. Trying to get those back, we then lost the ability to save custom settings for region, date and time of day.
The forced updates Windows began doing with its roll-out of 10 was a complete disaster to the desktop. The laptop fared far better and still clicks along just fine. I suppose in part because it’s newer. It began life here on 8, which we could hardly wait to leave in the dust to upgrade to 10.
10 worked fine for a while on the desktop that began life here on 7, but then suddenly we could not get any wi-fi signal, so YouTube buffered constantly before dropping out completely. Being a huge fan of Hulu, Netflix, YouTube and streaming online at various channels’ websites, that’s like being denied air. Unsustainable.
The fixes to all of those issues did nothing to repair the situation. There was no going back as another of the casualties was the ability to set aside a custom portion of our drive to rollback dates. It wouldn’t go back beyond the date of the fatal update so all hope and hardware was lost.
The time had come. My desktop was going to have to be retired from full time operations. It’s still a great computer, but the internet connectivity is unreliable. Still a lot of my files are on there and I need them daily. So, it will still be used for offline work mostly, though it does still connect to some ghostlike form of someone’s network. Don’t know whose network it’s latched onto since none are listed. My 20 year era of faithful dedication to PCs had ended.
Welcome to the wonderful world of iMac! It’s a brave new world and so far I’m loving this and wondering now why I waited so darn long. Yes, a couple of my programs aren’t Mac compatible, but the PC still can serve that purpose. I’m fine with that. Now to learn how to find everything I typically use all the time and quit scrolling on a wheel mouse in the wrong direction. My iMac is an older model, but new to me. Has plenty of power, lots of memory, runs on Sierra, updated to the latest iTunes so this chick is a happy camper. Everything seamlessly syncs if you want it to. It never fails to ask first and I like that! So here’s to another long & happy relationship with Apple computers and the bright, shiny world of iMac!