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Hi-Ho Silver!

Hi-Ho Silver!

I’ve had my laptop since 2013. I love it. It’s red and doesn’t take up much room even though it has a 15 inch screen and weighs a ton!

I bought it when I started writing because I was tired of wrestling with my old desktop PC that had seen better days. At the time H was still teaching and we traveled a lot so I was able to take my writing along with me.

Red also served as a note board!

A six-year relationship with a piece of technology is a long time. Lately, I’ve been fighting with Red. Yeah, we’ve had some disagreements.

Babying Red has caused anxiety on my part. I learned which keys to tap and in what order to get things done before a system failure. I learned patience, and sometimes not-so-much.

Gearing up to work in the mornings was sometimes unnerving. I was always worried of a crash and had nightmares of all my work going down the drain. Bits and pieces of my life swooshing away in a millisecond!

One time it did – but that was my jump drive, not Red’s fault. Since then I’ve learned to save my work in multiple forms and places.

I’ve put off the inevitable because it is so much easier to pretend all will be fine. Last month I bit the bullet and put myself in the market for a new laptop.

I started perusing the webpages for newer models. I wandered the technology aisles at every store we went in, touching and feeling, trying out the keyboards, and admiring all the new bells and whistles.

Yes, the new sleek styles and light-as-a-feather laptops had finally caught my eye.

Everyone said, “Get a Mac. You’ll love it. You’ll never go back to a PC.”

I took their advice and this week my new MacBook Air arrived. I was enthusiastic as I opened the box and pulled out the shiny silver slim piece of technology with the Apple logo on top. This was going to change my world.

I’ve read books that weigh more!

Weighing in at 2.75 lbs and measuring at approximately 11.97″W x 0.61″H x 8.36″ deep, this baby was a lightweight compared to Red. Sorry Red, you may need to slim down a bit.

No more waiting time for boot-up or wondering if I was going to be swimming in a sea of vanishing files everyday. I now had the best at my fingertips. I was in Macbook heaven.

That feeling didn’t last long. No one told me I only had to press gently instead of tapping to get a response from Silver. I feared there was a problem because there wasn’t much response to my finger-tapping.

Of course, nothing comes with a how-to manual anymore so I fought through the set-up process for an hour, telling H I might have gotten a lemon.

Google has now become my new BFF and has been given a permanent residence on my smartphone. Who knew that pressing gently anywhere on Silver’s trackpad does the same trick as tapping on Red’s.

After I figured out that little trick, the odds of returning Silver to the store in favor of Red went way down.

One thing that bothers me is I feel like Silver is always wanting my password for this or that before I make any changes. Once I get all my programs set up and running, I’m sure there will be a lull in that respect.

After finally getting Word downloaded, (laptops don’t have as many programs loaded into their systems at the get-go anymore), I tried to open the file to the next book I’m working while waiting for Avoiding The Tilt to publish on June 25th. My file had saved in Google Docs when I sent it to my email.

After numerous attempts, the file mysteriously appeared in Word. Don’t ask me what I did. I don’t know, but something worked. I’ll google that later.

I realized Silver had no right click feature as there was on Red. How to highlight, how to copy and paste, how to save? Heck! I didn’t even know how to turn this computer off. Silver was going to be awake forever.

Learning curves take time to master. I still need patience, but I haven’t given up yet. Silver and I are going to become great friends.

Hi-Ho Silver and away!


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About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

8 responses »

  1. I admire that you took the leap and bought a Mac. I’ve always had PCs.

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  2. I loves me my Mac AirBook — which is about six years old and is so overworked that the “n” key no longer resembles an n so much as a duck’s head. I wish you many years of happiness with Silver, and you have my admiration for tackling the setup yourself. I have a tech-savvy husband upon whom I am woefully dependent for such things. Not sure I could even watch TV without him around these days; it’s gotten that complicated. I use a PC laptop at work with a touchscreen, and remembering the differences between the two drives me nuts sometimes but I tell myself it’s good for my brain.
    Hearty best wishes on the release of your new book!

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  3. I hate buying new new technology. There’s the bells and whistles to get excited about but then comes the dratted learning curve. I do most of my work on a desktop and it’s around 5 years old so I’m starting to worry. I’ve never had one last longer than 6 years. One desktop got fried by lightning at 3 years! So far I’ve been able to upgrade the OS and most programs but one day it won’t handle new stuff. Something about being incompatible. Like a marriage! That will be a sad day.

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