I skipped posting here yesterday, maybe you noticed...maybe you had other things to do.
Instead, I spent time reading a lot of the blogs that I haven't got around to for quite a while.
(after I went into town and picked up a divorce application)
I planned on reading until I couldn't stay awake, then continuing this morning.
I wanted to get fully caught up. Well, that didn't happen.
My computer had other ideas.
It's getting quite old, just over 4 years now.
Is that old? In laptop terms?
I'm not sure what the average lifespan of these things is, many people seem to upgrade theirs often, long before the old one dies. Others keep theirs until the last possible moment.
Yesterday, like many times before, my laptop decided it needed a nap. So it shut itself off.
As it does.
(Cranky pants computer, just like a baby.)
But not just once.
Oh no! Yesterday, the poor little dear needed three naps.
I'm finding that after it's been turned on a while, things begin to slow down until eventually the screen freezes; at the same time I'm noticing the motor running quite hot.
Sometimes I notice this before it takes itself a little nap, so I turn it off for an hour.
After yesterday, I got a bit worried that one day, it might not wake up from its nap, so this morning, instead of continuing the blogs reading, I got out the external hard drive and backed up all my pictures and files.
Most of them were already on the passport from the last back up I did, so it didn't take as long as I thought it would.
So here I am, back online again, until the next naptime rolls around.
I've been spending quite a bit of time across the road over at Officeworks, looking at the laptops, running my hands over the smooth shiny surfaces, thinking about buying one of them, (but which one?) when I get my tax refund later this year.
Now, here's my problem. I know nothing about computers. NOTHING.
So how do I choose a good one?
Should I stick with the brand I've got? (Asus)
Should I try another brand? And which one?
I want something that will last at least as long as this one has, hopefully something that will last longer. A lot longer. (Money doesn't grow on trees.)
My current laptop has 120GB hard drive and 1024MB RAM, I'll definitely be looking to get something with more memory.
There's one over there with 640GB HDD and 4GB RAM.
Can anyone out there help with a few suggestions?
In particular what NOT to buy.
Any particular brands that anybody knows about that are unreliable?
Any particular brands that just keep on keeping on?