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Honored Advisor

Re: New Computer

iPad and other tablets are quite sufficient for many functions. I have yet to use mine for creating printed documents, since it takes a printer with Air Print installed. I bought a cheap Canon one, but need to drag out Jenna's Macbook for the install...something I will likely gt around to this winter.

The growing intuitiveness of devices is what makes new tech so much fun. That is what your wife is enjoying so much, and is largely what I meant in my post. I am open to new gadgets for just this reason...we just live too far out for really reliable broadband, so end up dependent upon cellular and satellite, which is still pricey.

You can still be a slave to your infrastructure. That is the bottleneck every user has to slither through. Good points.
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Honored Advisor

Re: New Computer

If your printer has wireless capabilities - if it is new, it probably does - I would get a wireless router, use a laptop wirelessly (probably cheaper than your repair bill to buy one new), and you can always backup to flash drives, or connect anything with USB cables. I would guess there are wireless hard drives for backup, too.

A good geek can get you going. It isn't necessary to run wires at all anymore, or be anchored to a computer desk in an office. I do not do my banking on a portable device by choice...just in case I were to lose one in my travels.

On a laptop that never leaves the house, it wouldn't be any different than utilizing my desktop on the home wireless network or DROID hotspot, which is the backup system for when Hughesnet is down here.

Whatever you paid for a desktop five or more years ago, you could very well replace it with a wireless capable laptop, wireless router, and wireless printer for less or no more. Your existing laptop could use the same network at the same time, if it has wireless capacity, or it can be upgraded with a USB-inserted device.

People forget that electronic devices have lifespans of only a few years...they break down over time, and can be replaced with much more capable models for much less. Google lifespans of electronics, and compare your present devices to the projected lifespans. I won't spend but o much on a 10- year-old washing machine, or a 3-year-old computer.
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Re: New Computer

my new one is an all in one from HP, I could buy it for $40 more than just a tower.  It is windows 8.....which is much different.....and difficult at this point. 

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Senior Advisor

Re: New Computer

Windows 8 on a touch screen is not too bad.  On a desk top, it's a little clumsy.  I'd recommend you find someone who knows it to help you go through it.

I have W8 on a Surface Pro, where it's a natural, and on a Desktop, where i spend nearly all my time in the desktop, which acts pretty much like W7, but not entirely.

 

Theh Windows key toggles back and forth between W8 and desktop.  Windows key plus C takes you to search, which is a quick way to find an app or program to run.

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Honored Advisor

Re: New Computer

This is what I meant about the improved intuitiveness of hardware, which certainly requires software accommodations to make it all work. I think touch is going to kill the mouse, for instance.

I told the library assistant this past week that I feel my one-year-old grandson won't really need to know how to manipultae a mouse to use computers...he is already quite comfortable with sragging things on iPad.

Input is more an issue of limitations of the human, not the machine..
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Re: New Computer

Linda yes this is the year to get a new computer don't spend money on repairing the old one. I just spend a small amount on repair and I know it will not last too long. (I had to spend the money on a crown instead of a new computer) I was going to have one built and get the windows 7. Friend bought a lap top with windows 8 and it about drove him nuts.

 

The life of electronics and appliances is now short.

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Re: New Computer

Linda, you remind me I need to call the dentist.  I'm supposed to get a pricey visit to him so maybe I'd better see him before a computer.

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