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This is the first column produced on my new computer.
It’s a MacBook Pro. It has lots of nice features, I must say, but it will take some time to learn what it can and can’t do.
I hope it has some sort of program that makes my columns more creative and interesting as well as funny and thought-provoking. I wouldn’t be surprised if it did. Those geniuses (genii?) at Apple are pretty clever.
I’m not big on buying new stuff when my old stuff is working fine, but I was having more and more problems with my old Toshiba laptop.
It was starting to do weird things: Certain programs weren’t working as they should or weren’t working at all; others would close for no reason; it seems to be getting slower; and so on.
Lately I have been having trouble getting the X key to work when I tap it. It was frustrating to type something like, “I was extremely exhilarated and excited to execute exactly the Nikki Sixx bass riff on my ax,” and have it come out, “I was etremely ehiliarated and ecited to eecute...”
Well, you get the picture. So, I decided it was time to replace the old one.
I bought my very first computer back in the early 1980s. It was an Atari, and I bought it mostly so I could play Pac-Man and Missile Command.
Today there are ballpoint pens with more memory than that thing. My first real computer was a Macintosh IIc. I considered myself a loyal Apple user until the early 1990s.
That’s when my school corporation decided we would all stop using Apple computers in the classrooms and start using PCs. I wasn’t too happy about it because I’m not a real quick learner of new technology, and I was comfortable with my Mac.
But no one in the corporation asked my opinion, so eventually I replaced my home Apple so I could work on school stuff.
I didn’t buy this computer because I couldn’t wait to get back to the Apple brand. I’ve known people who are fiercely loyal to Apple products and others who sneer at Apple users. I don’t consider myself in either camp. I did quite a bit of research to compare the two formats before I bought my new computer; and for my needs, it’s six of one, half-dozen of the other.
I opted for Apple probably as much for a change as anything else. Besides, I’m retired from teaching and don’t really have to worry about compatibility with school although I don’t think the differences between the two are as big an issue as they once were.
But, still, there are some differences. Some are minor such as the X to close the window is in the upper left corner on the MacBook rather than the upper right on the old one.
Some are a bit more problematic such as not being able to find something I thought I had saved. But that’s probably just me. Not only am I not a technological native comfortable in this digital age, I am a technological immigrant who acts like he just got off the analog boat.
Another thing that I’m not quite sure of is how to send this column once I am finished. I am using a different word processing program than the one I have been using all this time.
I have always sent my columns in a particular format. I suppose if you are reading this, I figured it out.
I’m happy with my new computer. I will miss my old one; it served me well, but it was time.
Anyway, now I will be able to extend exhortations, exclaim and expound, and express explicit explanations, and it will be readable.
Norman Knight, a retired Clark-Pleasant Middle School teacher, writes this weekly column for the Daily Journal. Send comments to email@example.com.
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