I am writing this post from my new laptop. I debated a long time on what to get. My last laptop was only about 18 months old. It is dead, and I mean dead. It gave a message that the fan was not working, but we tested the fan and it is fine. I can get the stuff off the harddrive, so that is not really an issue. I am not happy that the laptop failed that fast. Matt still uses the laptop I had before that one. It is 7 years old. It's slow, but it is still working. I only replaced it because the screen fell off and it was over 5 years old. At the time, we didn't want to play with it. After we replaced it I actually looked at the cover and realized that all the little screws I had been finding all over the house had been holding the screen in the case. So it took about 5 minutes to fix and Matt got a laptop. Funny that they old apple green Dell is still working and the one I got 18 months ago is a useless brick.
I had tried a different brand for the last one. I thought it was a reliable company and really I am not hard on my computers so it should have been fine. Well, I will never by that brand again. There were lots of little nagging issues but it not lasting two years is a real issue. Several of my friends suggested Toshiba this time. I have never had one and the one I purchased had good reviews so I decided to give it a try. I was thinking about doing a touch screen but at the last minute I went with a cheaper regular laptop. I just could get myself to fork out that much money right now for another machine. So far I like the Toshiba and I really like that it has a 10 key pad. That is something I have never had on a laptop.
Here is the strange part. Before becoming a longarmer I was a computer tech. I have never had a hard time figure out how to do things on my computers. My iPad took a little while because some of the things I needed to do just weren't intuitive to me. I have not played with a Apple since the original iMac came out in the late 90s. It's not that I don't like Apple, my job was always PC based after that so I never really got to play on one. I even considered getting a Apple this time but some of the programs I use still don't have Mac versions and the price is more then I really wanted to spend.
I have to wonder what Microsoft was thinking when it designed Windows 8. I have had to actually Google how to close a program and how to shut down the machine. Who thought it was a good idea to have to use Win + i to do anything? You have taught us all to right click and now you took that away. What are you thinking? My in-laws need a new computer. I am really regretting not getting them with Windows 7 on it. The learning curve is just too much.
I am not saying that there are not some great new features in Windows 8, because there are. Skydrive is one that I will be playing with because I can get a app for it for my iPad and iPhone and then I can use it like Google Drive. I do like the new graphical start window. It is figuring out how to change settings and close things that is weird. I know how to now, but it just does not make sense to me that they did not go over it in their overview of the system. It is a laptop I am going to have to be able to shut it off... I can't believe the difference between Windows 7 and Windows 8. I also got the new Office update. I have only played for a couple seconds in Word 2013, but so far that is very intuitive. Must have had a different usability team.