But the fact of the matter was, "Old and Busted" (our not so affectionate name for the computer formerly known as Mine) was down for the count, and something had to be done. I work from home. I work via computer. I work in social media and I couldn't even join a Google Hangout without my computer crashing.
After doing some research (and a very unscientific pole among Facebook acquaintances), we ended up going with an Apple. It hasn't been love at first usage, but it also hasn't been as bad as I was expecting. Overall, everything is more user friendly and intuitive than Windows, but the change over hasn't been without it's bumps. For example...
I missed Google Chrome. Peter said I had to use Safari first. I tried to give Safari a fair shot, but after a week, I gave up and added Chrome. It was like the return of an old friend.
I really miss Photoshop. Everyone said I would fall in love with iPhoto and never look back. I'm still waiting for that moment. However, I compromised by adding Picasa, and after discovering how to change the pixel size of photos (thanks to a website that was created for non-techie people like me - dummies.com), I'm coming to grips with the loss of Photoshop.
In the great scheme of life, switching from one computer and/or operating system to another isn't a big deal. I realize that there are people starving, humans being trafficked, and our government is on growth hormones (as well as all of our food, if the Facebook posts are to be believed)... but it's been a big deal in our house this week.
And isn't that really the case for everyone? Small things seem big to some, while life-changing events are handled as regular occurrences by others. People outside our family were more freaked out about my dad being in the hospital than I was... and computer nerds everywhere are rolling their eyes when they hear or read my latest panic over learning a new program or process.
So, there you have it. Frustrations come and go - always have, always will. Sometimes all we really need to do is sit back, take a deep breath, and realize that it's no big deal.
Either that, or we can Google it.
What's new in your life these days?