It had to happen. All computers die. But it’s never good news. And my computer died on Saturday.
Well, it didn’t die so much as suffer from a case of senile dementia. The USB ports stopped working reliably, and that meant my network connection became unreliable, not to mention my printer and backup hard drive.
So the “good news” is that I had an excuse to buy a brand new computer — a Gateway with a quad-chip. Very cool. In theory. But this very fast computer runs some software known as “Windows 7” — also known as “We’ve hidden every control where you can’t find it and made your old software not work at all even though you spent 20 hours working on something called “Compatibility Mode” which really means “make-you-buy-all-new-software mode.””
So my trusty, beloved Windows 95 version of Quickverse is dead, dead, dead. And it has my Greek and Hebrew translations. And lots of notes. And, yes, I know the internet has all this stuff, too, but it’s just not as convenient as a program I’ve used nearly daily for 15 years. So, no, I’m not happy about the transition from Windows XP (a great American program) to Windows 7 (probably designed by godless communists). I mean, my goal in life is not to get a Windows program that looks just like a Mac. If I’d wanted a Mac, I’d’ve bought a Mac. My goal in life is for MY SOFTWARE TO WORK. Oh, well.
So in the mean time, I’ve commented here and there from my iPhone and from my wife’s computer (when I didn’t have its WiFi antenna patched to my old computer in a vain effort to tranfer files by network). Fortunately, I usually post a few days ahead, but unfortunately I usually review and revise posts during the days just before they show up. And I’ve not been able to do that because it took two days to move my files from the old to the new computer. I hope I’ve been halfway coherent. If not, it’s Bill Gates’ fault.
And Windows 7 still has the annoying habits of old Windows — like a timer that says “Download will take 27 years” when it will only take 30 seconds. Or vice versa. Mainly vice versa. Fortunately, the fast new computer makes downloading technical support and updated drivers much easier. How’s that for a silver lining?
So now I’m here and typing once again. And I can run iTunes and a back up routine and Outlook all at once and not even notice, whereas my old computer couldn’t run Solitaire and Notepad at once without jamming for three weeks. So that’s cool.
But I miss QuickVerse.