The laptop I used was owned by the church. It died a bad death around the end of November, just in time to get everything ready for Advent. One minute it seemed to be working fine and the next minute it tried to restart. Then it said that the hard drive wasn’t working. Then when I turned it completely off and tried to turn it back on it wouldn’t turn on at all. It was almost 4 years old. My estimation was that it would cost more to fix it than it was worth.
Fortunately I have a good Property and Finance Committee. They told me to go buy a new one and they would pay me back. I did. But it’s hard to get a new computer these days with XP on it. I was forced to buy a computer with Windows 7 which actually isn’t a bad thing! Usually I wait a year to buy a new operating system so that Microsoft will get the kinks out. But Windows 7 works well once you learn how to use it.
The point of all this is that I had to put a new hard drive in my son’s computer yesterday. Our version of XP wanted to make one partition in the hard drive and only recognize 132 or so gigabytes on the hard drive. Since it was a 500 gb hard drive I was not amused and ultimately put a version of Windows 7 on the hard drive. Which put me in the inevitable and unenviable position of waiting for the operating system to load. And then Norton. And then Firefox. And then Office. The whole time I had to, again and again, watch this little circle go around and around.
So my question is this: is an hourglass more or less irritating than a circle that keeps on going round and round? My opinion is that both are equally bad. Which makes me very glad the church bought a new laptop. I almost never see a spinning circle on this baby.
Anyone out there have a preference?