For 6 years I’ve been using a Vaio laptop, which has been getting slower and slower, and one of the keys has actually worn out. It was time to upgrade, but I put things off for several months, waiting for Windows 10, and then simply waiting for inspiration.
I was about to order a new laptop when my son Shaun pointed out that he had never seen me actually move the Vaio laptop, so why didn’t I buy a desktop instead, which could be faster, more powerful and possibly cheaper. So I took his advice. In fact, he suggested the kit.
The new kit as shown above has two screens, so that I can watch the cricket on Virgin TV Anywhere on the right screen and do other things, such as work on JournalTOCs, at the same time on the left screen.
I also asked Shaun to set everything up, and download Windows 10, which he did, and we thus avoided a lot of cursing on my part. By loading Windows 10 on a new computer we’ve got rid of all the pre-loaded crap that comes with new kit. The only problem so far has been with TV Anywhere and the restrictions that Virgin make on installing it on new devices. They considered the pre-Windows 10 installation on the new desktop as a different device to the post-Windows 10 installation on the same computer, and it took one of their techies to fix things remotely. I have to say that he was very good, but that the Virgin telephone options where you have to press 1 for this and 2 for that in order to eventually get through to a person nearly drove me mad because none of the available options seemed relevant to my question, and it took four attempts.
The only other problem is that the Ctrl button on the new keyboard is in a different place to where it is on the laptop, and I press this key hundreds of times each day.
The first PC I had at work had, I think, 20 MB of hard disk space and 640kb RAM, and I remember someone telling me that I could type all day, every day, and never fill it up. Now, desktops come with 8 or more GB of RAM alone, plus TBs of disk space.