The New Writing Machine…

…so I honestly have been putting off getting a new laptop, for several reasons.

My laptop of almost 7 years was my best friend. It helped me create 3 blogs, edit thousands of photos, and never shut down because it was tired.

It did NOT have Windows 10, which I loathe, and everything was right at my fingertips.

But it did indeed get tired. And would not turn on if it wasn’t plugged in; and would never charge.

So for the past two hours, I have been “setting up” my new laptop. I have logged in codes and passwords 37 times (I wish I was lying, but I’m not), and am still fighting to get Office downloaded so I can get my books saved on here.

I had to force it to download Chrome so I can function like I am used to, and does anyone really use Bing?

No; seriously…does anyone use Bing?

All of this so I can focus on getting my stories cleaned up, and start submitting to agents.

I know it will all be worth it in the end, because I truly feel my stories will bring joy to others.

Microsoft 10: you bring no joy to me 😦

36 thoughts on “The New Writing Machine…

  1. newrana July 16, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    Sure, it still doesn’t bring joy to me, too!! πŸ™‚

  2. Lorraine Ambers July 17, 2018 / 3:19 am

    I feel your pain. I went through a similar fiasco when I got my filtered screen laptop, which I love for writing but hate for anything other.
    For that stuff I use my old laptop which runs on Windows 7. And I refuse to update it to windows 10.

  3. omnivourousreaderbookreviews July 17, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Nope, no sensible person uses Bing, ever. All it does is try and divert you to shopping. No sensible person, innocent of wrong should ever EVER be forced to use windows 10 either: My new laptop has it, it is a complete fail of a system.

    • Angela July 17, 2018 / 6:50 am

      I agree about Windows 10. I don’t know how they haven’t changed it back with all the negative feedback it has gotten since being released.

  4. robynrussellauthor July 17, 2018 / 5:55 am

    From someone who used to teach users how to use software and computers I can honestly say I loathe the computing companies who spend hours updating and changing the way things work, not, I am sure, for my good, but to make yet more money. My laptop will not support Windows 10, thank goodness, however, Windows continually tries to update it every time it sends updates! Now I find out that my super dooper computer is no longer supported by Windows with the latest hardware or software drivers and updates because it is over 6 years old! Good Luck Angela with your new laptop and I look forward to reading your first novel.

    • Angela July 17, 2018 / 6:52 am

      Thank you so much Robyn! It took a long time for me to break down and get a new laptop, but I really had no other choice.

    • Judi Moore July 17, 2018 / 12:24 pm

      ‘to make yet more money’: how true. Sigh

  5. popcorn317 July 17, 2018 / 6:38 am

    I hate Microsoft 10 so much after trying to get used to it that I went out and bought a n Apple MacBook Pro. Now I will never use anything else.

    • Angela July 17, 2018 / 6:53 am

      I was considering switching to Mac, but I talked myself out of it… I’ve heard only good things about them!

  6. Judi Moore July 17, 2018 / 7:28 am

    Bing : Calls itself a search engine? Couldn’t find its own arse with both hands and a hound dog.

    Windows 10 isn’t so bad. Not as good as XP, but not awful. Everything you want is still there – it’s just buried under two more layers of pictorial, animated, menu options that you don’t want. You can actually set it up to look like XP. I have. Although I forget now how I did it, as it was several years ago. Their knowledge/tekkie people should be able to tell you.

    If you’re not on a Mac now, and aren’t using Windows 10, you’re not still using XP are you (gulp)?

    • Angela July 17, 2018 / 8:08 am

      I am using Windows 10, I just don’t particularly like it πŸ˜‰ I will look into how to change the way it looks! Thank you for the info! And I could not agree more with how terrible Bing is!

  7. Jonetta (Ejaygirl) July 17, 2018 / 8:54 am

    Nah, no one seriously uses Bing. Only those who don’t know how to fix the default😏

    I dread the day when my computer dies and I’m forced to make a change. Hubby switched to Mac Pro after Windows 10 did him in (I warned him not to download) and he loved it so I’ll be going that route when Death day arrives.

    • Angela July 17, 2018 / 9:15 am

      LOL, sounds like a well thought out plan!

  8. tylerus July 17, 2018 / 10:04 am

    LOL – I feel your pain! πŸ™‚

  9. cassiesinthecasket July 17, 2018 / 11:30 am

    I totally know how you feel. I had a monster of a toshiba that gave out on me mid-semester awhile back. Luckily I had a second computer available.

    • Angela July 17, 2018 / 11:33 am

      There is not much worse than having computer issues while doing homework. I got my two degrees online, and had some real doozies for issues! Like internet disconnecting in the middle of a test, etc.

  10. Madame Writer July 17, 2018 / 1:00 pm

    I was exactly like you. My laptop went through college with me and I was really against getting a new one (both because of Windows 10 and because I’m the type of person who doesn’t adjust well to change). But then my 6-year-old computer broke early this year and I was forced to get Windows 10. I will say, after having it for about six months, I have learned how to adjust, but I definitely miss Windows 7.

    Your Bing comment makes me laugh, because I use Bing and all of my friends think I’m weird for it. I use Google too, but often times I like the results more that I get from Bing and Bing doesn’t have as many cookies as Google. And Bing has gorgeous pictures on their front page (and I love travel photography), whereas Google’s page is a bit boring. But to each their own.

    Good luck learning how to survive with Windows 10 (I know I had a tough time with it too)!

    • Angela July 17, 2018 / 1:09 pm

      Bing really does have an awesome front page πŸ™‚ I have just honestly never been able to find anything when using Bing. Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

    • Angela July 17, 2018 / 4:57 pm

      Thanks Lochan πŸ™‚

  11. Manahilalicious July 17, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    My laptop runs on windows 10 and I have never experienced any other windows, so I have nothing to compare it with

  12. messybookcaseblog July 18, 2018 / 10:04 am

    I bought my new laptop for the same reason, to work on the couple of book ideas I have. I’ve had it probably 3 months now; would you like to know how many times I’ve written on it? Nada. πŸ™„ I need to set aside a writing time to do some work; I just never manage to get around to it.

    I’m not sure why Bing exists except so that Microsoft can have something comparable to the Goog. Every time I use Bing it’s convinced I’m in Chicago. (I’m in St. Louis so at least it’s a Chicago suburb πŸ˜‚)

    • Judi Moore July 18, 2018 / 2:03 pm

      The easiest way to get into a regular writing habit is to join a writing workshop that actually writes (some just talk about writing – which is valid too: talking about successes and failures is great, but to do that you have to have finished some writing to talk about πŸ™‚ )

  13. Rea July 21, 2018 / 7:32 am

    I’ve been putting off buying a new laptop for years. Lucas works, he’s just got a few special features, like the fact he wants to be a touchscreen on where you pull the screen off and therefore you have to open him carefully cause one corner is completely busted. Or that fact he won’t starts if there is something in the disk drive… And he doesn’t like charging if the cable isn’t in a very specific place.
    I’ve been saying for 2 years that he wouldn’t last another NaNo and some how he’s struggled through. I think thing year really is it though… and I might actually get more writing done if I had a reliable laptop that didn’t over heat. Although since getting a job in IT I don’t really feel like staring at a screen when I get home

    • Angela July 21, 2018 / 7:54 am

      I definitely understand Rea! I am glad I made the purchase, and knowing I bought it for the main purpose of writing, it seems to motivate me to write something every day… well; most every day. Sometimes I just need to read someone else’s work πŸ™‚

  14. raynotbradbury July 22, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    Can understand the passwords deal πŸ™‚ haha I always write them down tho…just in case

  15. thebookwormdrinketh July 23, 2018 / 12:14 pm

    I hate setting up new computers… All the updates and passwords and figuring things out. It’s like getting a new phone…
    I honestly don’t even really know what Bing is. The only people I’ve ever known to use it, are people who are on Xbox, as it was their main thing for a while.

    • Angela July 23, 2018 / 3:46 pm

      I don’t know which is worse; a new laptop, or a new phone…..LOL

  16. The Inner Author August 3, 2018 / 8:32 pm

    I feel the same about that kind of thing. I put off getting rid of things that have been with me for the long ride. But when you get a new thing of that sort, it’s like the old one reincarnated! Great story!

  17. Viola Bleu August 6, 2018 / 7:45 am

    Reblogged this on Ideas.Become.Words and commented:
    I read this with a) recognition and b) trepidation. Not because I was worried what this blogger was about to reveal but because I fear I may have to tread in her footsteps very soon!
    I bought my laptop second hand from eBay; I took a train ride to pick it up and saw it plugged in and shining brightly in the vendor’s home πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ
    It has never kept charge for very long, my MacBook of four or five years old and I know people often scathe Apple products for being set to die after a certain lifespan!
    (I really must learn how to use Dropbox which I dutifully downloaded recently!)

  18. 'Tracer' Testerman August 14, 2018 / 1:49 pm

    You gotta try a laptop with docking station and TWO screens.

    Two screens is amazing, I’d never go back. The ability to have one with research/past drafts/notes, while the other is your main work – it’s awesome.

    Everyone should try it.

    • Angela August 14, 2018 / 3:11 pm

      I think you are absolutely correct Tracer! But first I have to find more room when I’m writing πŸ˜‚

  19. Dan Melnick August 20, 2018 / 1:58 pm

    I used to write on a netbook that barely even had internet access. It was pretty much a mobile word processor. While Windows 10 is not the greatest, have you thought about going out of your way to trick out the new machine to look and feel older than it actually is?

    • Angela August 20, 2018 / 7:47 pm

      I am working on that right now Dan!

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