I browsed for weeks, checking prices, comparing options, and finally I settled on a Toshiba notebook with the new Windows Vista operating system.
You'd think the next generation Windows would have ironed out the efficiency kinks - I mean it's not like they need to enhance the graphics and processing speed like a cutting edge video game. Yet Vista needs at least a gig of RAM and a relatively fast processor to run.
Remember when Windows 95 ran off a pentium 75 and eight megabytes of RAM?
Or when the original Windows ran off less than 33 mhz and a megabyte or two of RAM?
Processors are now dozens of times faster than predecessors, and a megabyte or two of RAM back in the day is 1028 megabytes now. In fact, my first computer had 640 kilobytes.
The upgrade in speed should have set off warning bells. But no, they got my eyes big and excited with "new and improved" promises. Just like some oaf with sucker written across my forhead, I couldn't resist.
So far, the problems I've had are :
Sporadic disconnections from my wireless internet. At first, back in Canada and the States, I thought the internet connections were just dodgy, but then I realized my new computer was the only one while other computers stayed connected.
Second problem, Vista actually hangs up when shutting down or restarting. The little circle under the word restarting just swirls round and round. A minute, two, five, twenty - nothing happens but the "Windows is Shutting down" screen stays on and the circle continues in it's infinite uselessness. Exhasperated, I end up holding the off button for several seconds instead.
Three - the screensaver won't work. I set it to start after five idle minutes, and came back hours later to find the computer screen exactly as I left it. One of the reasons I invested in a new computer was the wear on my old screen. They fade after a couple years. The rate Vista is leaving my monitor running, this one'll fade after a couple of months.
It's only crashed on me once so far, but the fact that it happened so soon is irritating. All I got when I clicked on an icon was an annoying rejection "ding."
I do see some good news out of this bad situation. This is an investment opportunity. Apple is the way of the future. The success of the Ipod has reinvigorated the company and loaded them with cash. Combine that with a tired and dissappointing new Windows, an amazing new Iphone about to come out, and their brilliant anti-PC advertising campaign - it's hard not to see Macs climbing their way back to major success in the next five to ten years.
I used to see Apple as a clunky company. We had an Apple computer lab in University and I despised using them. They were horribly slow and crashed at the most inopportune times. But that was then and this is now. They were outdated machines and past their date. Watch out for Apples continued revival.
My next computer is going to be a Mac, hopefully paid for over and over by the increase in the one-hundred shares of Apple I recently purchased.
Until then, I'm waiting to hear the reviews on Google's upcoming operating system and it's user friendliness. Perhaps I won't have to be stuck with Windows after all.