My first computer was a "built to specs" SX 486x with 160 MB hard drive and 4 MB RAM. It had a pair of cute little speakers and it ran Windows 3.1. When Windows 95 came out that same year; I was elated!
Now times have changed and so have computers. Those of us who have witnessed this evolution can’t help but wonder where it all will end (if it will all end.) You have those loyal Apple fans who would rather eat dust than change to a PC and you have the same lot in the PC world.
Linux. RedHat/Fedora has been my primary OS for about 14 years. I go back to Windows to run Photoshop for the times that GIMP isn't quite enough, but otherwise go weeks/months without running Windows at home.
I do run Windows 7 in work. It's in a virtual machine running on my Fedora desktop. I do that for convenience to maintain simpler compatibility with Outlook, Word, and Excel along with the Active Directory tools that aren't available for Linux.
I've used both Mac and PC, but at home, I'm a PC girl, and always will be.
I have a Dell desktop right now. It's my second Dell, and, for the most part, I've been very happy with it. Last year, the hard drive started to die, so I had it replaced, and when the repair shop installed the new one, I asked them to install only Windows 7, and the drivers necessary to get everything working. With all the extra bloatware from Dell removed, it's now the perfect machine.
Sadly, I tried to replace this desktop with a new one from Dell. Blue Screens of Death, three or four times a day. Corrupted files, bugs and errors that were so numerous, it was like playing Whack a Mole to get rid of them all. I worked with it for two weeks, and then returned it for a refund. I told Dell that I didn't think it was my responsibility to do a major bug hunt on a brand new system. I won't be buying another one.
I've had Dell, HP and Compaq (who HP bought) and I've always loved the Dell best. But I did get one Dell lemon. I have found that within the first year ... if you have problems during the first year period ... then you have a problem system. Overall, Mac is greater but I can't afford one. They have a closed architect so its harder to create clones.
I think your experience with that Dell was a bummer! I would have been upset too.
My latest loves are the mini desktop Dell Inspiron and this Dell laptop Inspiron that I am banging on now with it attached to a 24" monitor extended. I think Windows 8 sucks but they have improved with the Windows 8.1 upgrade. Window 98 was my all time favorite followed by Windows XP and Windows 7 Ultimate.
Sometimes you just get a lemon, no matter what the brand, when you buy a new PC. My last PC was returned to the manufacturer within three weeks, and they said there was nothing wrong with it. Hah! Several technicians and a few hundred dollars later, it finally worked. Not for long though - in the next twelve months it killed two HDDs so it had to go. Now I have a Hewlett Packard, and it works just fine! Never had a Mac, so have to say I'm a PC girl. :-)
As to operating systems, bring back Windows 7, I say!
I hear you! I agree with you 100% about getting a lemon no matter what the PC. I've had an ongoing love affair with HP (Hewlett Packard) and Dell for years but in the end Dell won out. Now when it comes to printer ... HP "hands down" as a winner!
Now when Windows 8 first came out; I was totally unimpressed. Windows 7 was the closest thing to my beloved Windows XP. I really, really loved that old XP. I still have one but it seems to be slowing down all the time. Luckily, I was able to get a replacement 17" Dell Laptop with Windows 7 Ultimate. I still even have my computer with Windows 98 on it and it works fine. Its an old Compaq, now how is that for a hard working system! I bought it back in 1999!
I've always wanted a Mac but just couldn't see myself coughing up the money when I could get a PC at such a reasonable price. Besides, I used to do tech support for Gateway so I know the systems!
I had nothing except H-P's for a while and thought that I would continue with them, but unfortunately I had to buy a low-priced e-machine's for my current one. Luckily I must have picked a good one. When I can afford them, I will go back to H-P's. I have used Windows 7 for a while without upgrading, it works fine.
I had an emachine for years and then even added some ram and it lasted for another couple of years, until the fan started messing up. It ran pretty much non-stop for years. After that I bought another, only it was a refurbished small form 500 dual emachine, for a 100 bux and its going on two years and runs great. My biggest problem is I got plenty of computer and not enough internet speed. I would gladly take a 80 gig junker with lowly 512 ram - only with fiber optic internet.
It is on a phone line instead of cable. I do not seem to have the problems which I had with the cable. I am not sure, but the cable may only run to certain areas while the U-verse may travel to more areas. If you want, I can give you a link to their online site and you can check them out.
It was with the actual Uverse "transformer" or whatever they call the equipment at the site. My computer, telephone and wiring were fine. At least 5 different technicians came out and replaced everything including the router and that did not solve my problem of interruption of service. Then one final smart tech realize that it was ATT's equipment at their substation and NOT mine. That really put me off but I continue to use their service because of the willingness and courtesy from customer service to billing to technician. Now that's SERVICE!
Never received any notices until I called a few times when there were outages. This phenomena was with the link that connected to MY service. What a fluke ... an event that lasted from February to September of 2014. It was madness! Some type of shortage in the console, as I now remember.
I have U-verse, with no phone line. It's on a dedicated line that's just hooked up to the router. The service is pretty reliable, and the speed is good. God help you if you need to call customer service, though. It's brutal.
There were problems with the transformers. It kept going out and I would lose both my phone and Internet. I was very professional with them and quite knowledgeable too! When it works it's satisfactory but when it doesn't it's highly disturbing! Still, I love my PCs.
Yea, 80 g does not sound like much, but I came home one day to find my nephew had downloaded the Library of Congress on it. j/k sorta. But after that (and a destructive restore) I began to just keep everything stored online. Flickr, notepads etc etc. Youtube has all the music I need etc. That way if I get a new computer or do a destructive restore, lightning, tornado, I dont miss a beat.
That's one heck of a download! I always keep an eagle eye on my grandson when he comes over and wants to use my computers (my bread and butter) with the threat of human sacrifice :-) It's just too easy for kids to download junk that takes rocket science to remove.
Now you are broaching a subject that really gets my goat ... hackers! If a person is so dad-gum good with computers ... why take pleasure in ruining someone's life by infatuating their computers to work mayhem! Somebody needs to get a life ... and preferably NOT MINE!
I have that on my new laptop. McAfee is on all my computers and it is constantly scanning. I just don't understand people who put so much work and effort into doing something illegal when those talents should be put to productive measures.
I will agree with you 100% on this. I have had to retire my XP computer because for some reason it seemed to work slower and slower. May have been just my imagination but who knows. Windows 7 is a very good substitute, though. Internet Explorer needs some fine tuning.
Funny you should mention that. I just got off a 3 hour phone call with a Microsoft Technician. I have Office SharePoint on my computer and it doesn't work with Internet Explore in changing some photos on my website. Imagine that ... Internet Explore not working with a Microsoft product!!!
Well, the tech never could get it to work so he had to install Firefox so it would. Ha, now tell me what this says about the product?
Um, that it was not made for IE? I have not used my IE for years now. It just sits there doing nothing and updating itself. Once in a while I use Firefox, but in general I use Google Chrome. I use Office Word all of the time and I could try it with IE to see if it works.
I believe that! I don't even think their own techs know what they are doing sometimes ... let me rephrase that. Some of those tech are on the money but it just depends on who you get and whether or not they can speak English.
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