A Halloween Treat!

October 31st, 2008 • Kate

It’s another one of my favorite holidays around here, and real quick, before I put on my pirate shoes, purple wig, and run over to Trixie’s school for her Halloween party — I come bearing butterfly wings and homemade cupcakes! — I wanted to share my latest excitement:
New laptop!!
It’s super shiny, and the keys make an awesome clicking noise when I type — but beyond that, I’ve spent the entire day so far making sure all my settings are as near as I can make them to how things were on my old laptop, restoring files, moving stuff around, and reinstalling programs. It’s keeping me busy, in a good way. And I’m sure will continue to do so all weekend as I keep playing around with it — I mean, making sure all of the options are to my specifications.
But I’m curious. When you get a new computer, how much do you play around with the new programs that are on there, and stuff that’s new to you, and how much to you stick to what you know, even if that means getting rid of the factory settings? Sing out in the comments, and don’t forget, you have until MONDAY to leave me a comment here with the question you think I should ask all the editors I’m meeting with in NYC next week!

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3 Responses to “A Halloween Treat!”

  1. apmullaly Says:

    I hate when things aren't the way I like them. I used to use 2 monitors at the same time (totally useful when your writing), but after a horrendous crash that took me forever to fix, I can only get one monitor to work at a time. Its been driving me crazy.
    When I get a new computer, I always try to make it work the way I want it, just like my old one (except maybe with some extra room on the side for particularly tasty new stuff.)
    Oh yeah, same thing with cell phones (the last was pleasantly hard because of all the goodness of my new blackberry.)

  2. jeanoram Says:

    My husband automatically takes all the factory stuff off and loads up the stuff I want/need. It's pretty sweet actually. And I'm good with it. When I get on my computer, I want things the same and where I can find them so I can get my work done.
    I just got Word 2007 and it is so intuitive I can't find things like the print button. That bugs me. However, it has this sweet quirk where it tells me the word count of the document that's open in the bottom bar. So that change may pay off in the long run. Right now it is sort of hanging out at 50-50.
    I'd like to go back to Firefox or try Opera instead of IE, but then I'd have to download them and (re)learn their quirks. Sometimes, I'm just lazy. Either that or pressed for time. One or the other. Your pick. 😉

  3. lotusloquax Says:

    I like having everything the old way, but I got a mac for Christmas last year and it threw me for a loop for a while, but now I absolutely love it. It's very intuitive for me.
    At first there were enough cool things to keep me happy and exploring until I figured them out.
    When I finally bought Word for mac, I was able to finally feel completely happy about the switch.