The Other I

March 8, 2015

Upgrade to the 21st century

Filed under: Just Stuff,Stuff of Life: Current Exploits — theotheri @ 1:11 pm

 I don’t know what’s wrong, but my computer isn’t working, and my mouse is missing

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Just as I finished my last post two weeks ago, my computer began to stutter.  Within a day it had crashed, pushing me back into what rapidly began to feel like the pre-industrial age.

Although I grew up with electricity and telephone and radio, we didn’t have television, and I didn’t start using even the most primitive personal computers until I was in my 30’s.  My first computer boasted a phenomenal 640K RAM and a DOS manual, leading my colleagues to remark that I was “seriously into computers.”  But I have always preferred to get information from the printed word rather than from tv or video documentaries and walls of our house are lined with book cases stuffed full of books.

So although I always knew I valued my computer as a thinking tool, I had no idea I would be so completely disoriented without it.  And it got worse.  I managed to get through the first week while I waited for our computer doctor to arrive and replace the start-up motor, which I was convinced was the cause of my problem.  Unfortunately, after two hours of diagnostics, he decided I needed a new computer.

Oh eek:  it wasn’t the cost.  It was the fact that I would have to upgrade from Windows 7, with which I was totally comfortable, to Windows 8.1, which sounded way too much like a screenful of Apple-inspired icons replacing the word-menus which Microsoft has used for half a century.  I decided, however, that I might have enough years left in me to out-live Windows 7, and if I was going to have to learn a whole new system, I’d be better off doing it sooner rather than later.

All right, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected.  I expected to have to work at learning it, which paradoxically made it easier.  It didn’t look at all like MS 7 or Vista or XP, so I faced it as a whole new challenge and didn’t get irritated when I had to figure out how to shut the computer down.  Or find the desk top instead of the Start page, or sign into my Microsoft account to boot up Windows.  Or to figure out how to delete the screen full of icons each more or less shouting that I could not live without them, and with which I was equally sure I could not live with. I am now comfortable with Windows 8.  In fact, I rather like it.

So I feel I have left the pre-industrial age and entered the 21st century.  I wasn’t thrilled, though, to see that Windows 10 is already being moved to the launch pad.

I do hope to start blogging again though.  I’ve missed talking to you.



  1. Sounds encouraging! I too have to make the journey:-)


    Comment by tskraghu — March 8, 2015 @ 1:33 pm | Reply

    • I wish you the best! My husband is listening to me and looking at W 8.1 with approach/avoidance ambivalence.

      On Sun, Mar 8, 2015 at 1:33 PM, The Other I wrote:



      Comment by Terry Sissons — March 8, 2015 @ 2:07 pm | Reply

  2. Missed you too. Still waiting for the next installment of your last posting.

    I installed Ubuntu, the Linux (free, open-source) operating system on the computer I use most and am happy with it. It comes with an Office knockoff and everything else that Microsoft and Apple provide. Plus, it partitions your hard drive, so you can choose whether you want to run it or Windows each time you boot up.

    Having said which, it sounds like you’ll be just fine with Windows 8. I admire your adaptability. I can’t navigate my neighbor’s Apple for love nor money. Also, Ubuntu does have a glitch now and then that you don’t get in Windows. I just like the idea of it and its speed. I’m happy to send them a few dollars as donation (not required). I think of it as a corporal work of mercy.


    Comment by Thomas J. Hubschman — March 8, 2015 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

    • Several friends here are using the Linux system and are pleased with it too. Like you, I tend to look for alternatives to the super-conglomerates like Microsoft and Apple and Amazon, etc. But this time I confess I went for what I thought would be fastest and easiest.

      I’ve been thinking a lot about the next installment of my post. My thinking has evolved (well, at least changed) rather significantly in recent months and I’m looking forward to having the space to write about it. And to hear what you and several other readers think. Terry

      On Sun, Mar 8, 2015 at 4:26 PM, The Other I wrote:



      Comment by Terry Sissons — March 9, 2015 @ 12:43 pm | Reply

  3. Welcome back!!! I was getting a bit worried after not seeing any update on your blog for around two weeks. Looking forward to your posts again!


    Comment by The A-Philosopher's Chair — March 9, 2015 @ 5:52 pm | Reply

    • Oh thank you! I can’t tell you how good it is to be back.

      On Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 5:52 PM, The Other I wrote:


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      Comment by Terry Sissons — March 9, 2015 @ 9:19 pm | Reply

  4. love the cartoon – and admire your tackling windows 8 i just purchased a new computer and searched until i could find someone selling it with windows 7 have been warned by tekies (techies???) about windows 8 that seemed to have a lot of glitches – so hats off to you and to your undaunted determination!


    Comment by kateritek — March 14, 2015 @ 9:50 pm | Reply

    • I think 8.1 has a few of the glitches ironed out that plagued 8. And I must admit when our computer guru came to transfer my personal files from my old computer that he installed an option called “classic shell” that has a lot of features we old-time Window users recognize. Thank you any way for the hats off – I am still grateful for the salute, even if I’m not sure I really deserve it. But very glad you like the cartoon – I think it’s a scream.


      Comment by theotheri — March 15, 2015 @ 3:11 pm | Reply

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