I hate this computer so much. I can’t even begin to tell you what a piece of shit it is, but of course because I am always complaining I will probably rant and rave about it for a while. I threw an absolute shit fit over it today, and something has to be done. I’ve only had this thing for six months, and I am just about ready to smash it to bits with a hammer. It’s NEVER worked properly, but the things that are wrong with it have always been random and difficult to explain. It’s slow, for one thing- slow to open things, slow to change between tasks (even between two word documents, or two webpages open in different tabs), slow to save documents and photos. But even this slowness is not consistent and varies- some days it’s not that noticeable. It also sometimes gives up on doing things halfway through- I’m used to having to refresh practically everything to get websites to load fully. Not to mention the way that every time I actually shut it down and restart it the web browsers no longer work and it also periodically refuses to let me do anything on the internet even though it tells me we are connected and it should be working.
I know, I know…why didn’t I take it back sooner? At first I thought it was just me, that it was because it was new and I never like new things, and I was getting used to windows 8 and all that. I thought that maybe I was just being picky, or stupid, because I really don’t know that much about computers and maybe it was all normal. It was just kind of gremlin stuff too- it seemed likely that sending it in to be fixed would just have them do a factory reset and I’d lose all my programs and they’d say it worked fine, and then it would still do the same thing. Also we bought it online, so it’s not like I can take it back to a store and talk to a person, I have to post it back and just….ugh.
However yesterday I tried to install the Sims on it (not that I had very high hopes of this slow machine being able to play it) and at first it tried, but after an hour or so the installation failed. I retried, and it failed a second time. Then today when Troy went to have a look at it, the dvd drive refused to read the disk at all and just kept spitting it out. It also spat out any other disks we tried to put in.
So that is ENOUGH. I’m going to have to transfer all my files to the external hard drive (which will take freaking hours and hours because of this goddamn slow piece of junk) and then I’ll send it back to the demons who created it and see if they can fix it.
While it’s being fixed I’ll try and use my old computer, the one that this one replaced. It was replaced because the fan was broken and it kept overheating and burning my hands while I was typing and then giving me the blue screen of death and dying for a few hours until it cooled down. However it is winter now, so if I don’t turn the heater on and use it during the day when it’s cold I think we’ll be okay.
Either that or I’m going to get Troy to redraw on our home loan and I’ll spend two grand on a Macbook Pro which is INSANE but I am literally that mad and fed up with technology that I’ll do it. And for someone as generally tight fisted as me that’s a pretty big deal.
And now I’ve spent an entire page bitching about my computer and out in the world people are starving. I am a terrible person. Ugh.
Anyway….until I started in on this computer crap, this has been a nice weekend! Yesterday Troy had to go to the office in the morning, which wasn’t actually that great. Really we have it good with his job, considering it’s only five minutes away, but during the next couple of months he’s going to have appointments on two Saturdays a month. Yesterday went okay though, I slept in for a bit and then did the dishes and chatted with Twilight Girl online.
Our new washing machine arrived around midday, and I’m so glad we paid for the delivery service- they bought it in and then unpacked it and took out the bolts that are in it for transport, levelled the little legs, and packed up all the packaging and took it away (all in about eight minutes). They also took the old machine away with them too, so we’re all done.
At least when you get a new washing machine you get to use it right away, because of all the washing you didn’t do when the old one was broken! So far I’m very impressed with the new one because it’s cut the washing time about in half- I admit to being slightly sceptical as to how it can wash as well when it takes half the time, but I’m willing to go with it and see.
Today Troy took Emma and Jericho to their hockey. Soren and Luna dog went too, and Troy said Soren was quite happy watching instead of participating. He played with his stick and a ball a bit on his own, took Luna for a couple of walks around the field and climbed on some rocks and basically had a nice, Soren time in his own little world. Emma and Jericho enjoyed their hockey, which was good.
I took Nicholai to football, which I’ve barely done at all this season. It was good though, I just sat in the car and read for the hour before his game, and then read during all the quarters he was on the bench. I watched the last quarter and took some photos, and then Nicholai’s team won. This was a “crucial match” for them, as he’d told me repeatedly beforehand, so he was thrilled, and there really is very little in life that is quite as happy as a happy Nicholai.
Nicholai did really make me laugh this morning. He was watching tv while I was doing the dishes, and then he said to me, quite seriously, “I’m just wondering a bit about what car insurance I might buy when the time comes.” It was just hilarious- he’s twelve and can’t drive, for one, but also what boy worries about what car insurance they’ll buy instead of what car they’ll buy?!?!
We all went to Costco this afternoon. We didn’t need anything too exciting, mostly just the same things we always need. I had thought it might not be so crowded late on a Sunday afternoon but I was wrong. Even so the kids were good and we got around the place without drama, although the children were disappointed by the lack of free samples.
Tonight’s been filled with computer rage and despair (seriously, some emotion instead of the numbness is probably a good sign, but this level of out of control fury is slightly alarming, to be quite honest) but now I’m eating jellybeans and watching Dexter with Troy, so it’s all good. It’s work for Troy and school for the kids tomorrow, so we’ll see how it’s all going then.