I don’t know why I always get so frustrated when I’m learning new technology. I’m a good learner otherwise. I pay attention, I ask good questions, I’m patient… but when it comes to a new computer or a new BlackBerry or a new operating system, my head goes from Zero to Explode in the span of about three seconds.
I’m not super tech-savvy, but I’d like to think I’m not stupid, either. And yet I’ve spent the past three days trying to figure out how to use Windows Live Mail. My old computer came equipped with Windows Mail. The one before that had Outlook Express. Both took a little time for me to learn (not much, maybe a few hours or so), but Windows Live Mail on the supposedly very easy to use Windows 7? Absolute hell. After three days I’m only just beginning to understand how this email program is interfacing with Gmail and why it’s not a good idea to delete all your emails out of Gmail’s “All Mail” folder, even thought you thought you downloaded all your emails to your computer’s hard drive already.
And if you don’t understand what that means, that’s okay. You don’t need to. Just. Don’t. Do It. Or you’ll be wanting to stab something. Trust me.
Otherwise, my new computer is s’wonderful and s’marvelous. 17-inch screen (Who says size doesn’t matter? Not me!), a super fast wireless card, and a proper numerical keyboard for hours o’ fun when I’m spreadsheeting (that’s a word I invented just now). The keys are nice and soft (and they all work!) and the graphics on the screen are so defined that I’m pretty sure my eyes would say thank you if they could speak. I’m also pleased with my pretty-but-not-too-girly customized pattern on the cover of the computer (yes, that’s it exactly in the picture).
I wrote two and a half novels on my last computer. I wonder how many I’ll write on this new one…?