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It’s a whole new world

Goodbye wheel of death and good riddance.

I’ll not miss you at all.

That colorful wheel of death that has been plaguing me of recent is gone and I hope it stays away for a long, long time.

For those who missed my last column on this “wheel of death,” I’m referring to a colorful wheel that would pop up on my computer screen thousands of times a day, bringing my work to a halt and my nerves to a frazzle.

You see, the computer I have been using for several years may still have life left in it for someone who is just using a word processing program, such as Word, but get much beyond that and it’s not a pleasant situation.

Overwhelm the memory (RAM) and you’ll find yourself staring at that hypnotic wheel while the computer tries to decipher what you just told it to do.

After a while your eyes start looking like one of those cartoon characters that just got hit in the head and has its pupils swirling.

Seeing as I have to regularly switch between an array of programs, such as Photoshop, Acrobat, Firefox and Windows, it’s a whole new ballgame.

That old 466 megahertz machine, nearly maxed out at 896 megabites of RAM, “just ain’t gonna cut it” anymore when it comes to running multiple programs at once – especially when it includes graphics software.

So, I got a new-to-me computer this week that is so much faster at 3 gigahertz of speed and 4 gigabites of RAM I may actually get dizzy watching the work fly by.

I once had our Mac doctor tell me to slow down because I was going too fast for the computer – and that was back when it was new and considered to be fast.

At almost 50 years old (me, not the computer), I’d be surprised if I have that problem anymore.

Suffice it to say I just traded in my Model A for a Ferrari. And might I ad, this Ferrari has a 27-inch “windshield” (screen) as opposed to a 22-inch one.

The world has grown a lot larger this week. As a matter of fact, a co-worker was actually reading what I had on my screen from about 20 feet away one day.

The large screen, coupled with my new glasses and contacts, certainly is making things a lot clearer.

Once I get used to the new operating system and new features in my updated software, everything should flow much smoother than it has been.

Now, the hard part is getting his old brain up to speed.

It’s a shame there aren’t upgrades for us.



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