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In the past few weeks, I've spent countless hours getting two pieces of equipment updated. A good portion of that time was spent deciding what to get. When I make a major purchase, I take into consideration how long I might use it, and what those future requirements might be.
Since my laptop computer was on its last legs, I knew I had to either replace it or suffer without one. As a writer, even on vacation, I find it impossible to resist the urge to spend time on my work in progress, as well as promote what I already have out there. My Kindle Fire HD 8.9 turned out to be a nice toy, but not sufficient to suit my needs.
Computer sites and programs have become more and more memory intensive, so I bit the bullet and opted for a Dell laptop with 8GB of memory. That particular model has 500 GB on the hard drive, which I hope will be more than enough! That meant deviating from my beloved XP Windows into a Windows 7, but it turned out not too difficult to master. I almost broke down for a Windows 8, but had heard too many rumors of discontent to take that chance. I also purchased Microsoft Office 13 Pro, along with Acrobat XI. Then I had to figure out how to use the bluetooth mouse, and which pictures and documents I absolutely needed on the new computer, as well as how to install a very old address book program which had run in Windows 98. Surprisingly, I got that old program in, and everything is in working order!
My cell phone carrier's reception had gotten spotty, so a change was in order on that front. That meant new phones, since the current ones wouldn't work after the switch.I was intrigued by the Samsung S4, but would have settled for a new iPhone, if a larger screen had been offered. Though the DH uses his cell more for phone calls, I take photos, do emails and almost everything except talk on the phone. I broke down and ordered the Samsung S4, and a basic model for the DH. The process took two hours apiece at the carrier's store. Mine, of course, wasn't in stock, which meant a return trip and another extra long setup. Anyway, it's all done, even the rebate forms! Now, all I have to do is figure out is if there's any way to get rid of all those extra Google Plus contacts that somehow landed in my contact list. I'm not sure what I did to make that happen.
It was quite a hassle getting everything in place, but soon the annoyances will be a thing of the past. What about you? Have you made any major purchases for writing or promoting? Or, are you resisting?
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