It happened late at night – my computer turned itself off and I foolishly tried to turn it back on. The smell of burned components told me that it was a goner. That’s a moment that I kept reliving, wishing for a better outcome just like the 49er punt returner who muffed it.
So, I need a replacement and soon. I’m using my husband’s computer; however, he has said, “How long am I expected to be generous? My offer is not open-ended.”
Fortunately, my hard drive survived the assault and so my data can be transferred when I have a new computer. I also have a recent back-up, thanks to Norton.
I can look at this event as an opportunity – a new computer! I started my quest, using Consumer Reports, a long-time trusted resource. Its full text articles were available through the Alameda County Library’s website and my library card.
Their July 2011 article begins by succinctly stating, “Desktop computers can give you more computing-power bang for the buck than laptops and netbooks. The latest desktops generally have faster processors than portable models, with at least 4 to8 gigabytes of memory and a terabyte or more of hard-disk storage, enough to hold thousands of photos or hundreds of movies.” (Source: Consumer Reports, July 2011, “Best desktop computers.”
That’s good enough for me. It’s one less decision to make but there are more to come. How much memory and data storage do I need? How much money do I want to spend? Do I need the fastest of everything? Whose desktop – HP, Dell, Gateway, and even Apple?
Stay tuned. I’ll update you on my quest next month.