I had to order a new laptop today to replace my “old-new” six-year old laptop. Six years doesn’t seem that long to me but apparently in technology years it is equal to 100 at least that is what the kid at Dell insinuated. He asked me what I had now and I said a Dell. When he wanted more specifics I said a silver one. He really liked that answer.
There really isn’t anything major wrong with my “old-new” laptop, it’s slow sure, the B key sticks, the battery only stays charged for 15 minutes, oh yeah and the power cord is taped to the side to keep it from moving around. Other than all of that hell it runs great.
When I had my own company I was the “Technology Guy”. I bought the computers, software and other hardware. I even setup and maintained our website. Then when I sold my company and became an employee there was an IT guy, a snot nose kid who treated me like I was a technology caveman.
So what makes ordering a computer today different than it was six years ago, choices. Too many damn choices to be exact. 7th generation, 6th or 5th. Windows 10, or 8 or 5. 8GB or 12GB. 1 TB or hell I don’t even know what a TB is. I thought that stood for Tuberculosis. Apparently it didn’t take me long to lose my technology mojo. I am pretty sure it didn’t take years just weeks.
So after a series of questions from the Dell guy he told me what I needed for the next six years. Whatever it is (I know it is silver) it should show up on my doorsteps in 3-5 business days. And then the real fun begins, trying to figure out how to get six years of important stuff off my “old-new” laptop onto my new one. Please, please don’t tell me to just store it on the cloud like my kids have. I don’t know where that cloud is, where it has been or who else is going to use it. And, guess what, I don’t want to know.
So to all you technology wizards out there can you use a nail gun, skill saw, a miter box, a router, a jointer or a planer? Yea I didn’t think so. I will stick with my caveman tools and let the technology wave wash someone else away.