After nearly a year of sitting dusty in my computer room I chose today to crank up my faithful, old, desktop computer. Various components and wires were scattered all over the farm but I managed to collect and coordinate them. When I plugged her in, Whamo! Sound, lights, action! Actually, the probably 6 or 7 year old Gateway is doing much better than I expected. I have had it on for over 30 minutes and it is still updating and I suppose will continue for some time. MS hasn't been able to talk to it for so long. I wonder what they are saying to each other. And Java. And Sun. And All that Apple Jabber that goes with mating to my Ipad.
Just goes to show it is hard for computers now to be outdated. A little video here, audio there, and a few software updates and this old one lunger is out performing the quad capabilities of my Laptop. I have always maintained excess RAM and I think that has been worth the extra cost. I became a believer in RAM back when the addition of a RAM chip to one of my printers caused a lame duck to run like an Arabian Stallion. I do run out of USB slots but I have found that updated OSs can handle extenders and expansions. I have added as many as 6 slots without a problem. Filled them with gadgets too.
My biggest reason for this article is to prove to myself I can get off of the couch and start publishing The Free Press from a proper desk. Well, not quite proper, but usual for me, it is covered with crap, computers, chocolate milk cups, and keyboards. But it is more comfortable, easier on my back and I don't have as hard a time getting up when I have to go.
To all those reading this, thanks for helping me bring an old friend back from the archives. Excelsior! -30-