When computers work they way you want them to, they are a man’s marvelous invention and when they don’t they are the woman’s nightmare. I don’t mean to be so biased against one sex but as a female, it is obvious to me that the computer was built by a man. Mine is slowly dying a death that I have labeled spinal column cancer. I’m unsure if it’s the motherboard or the processor chip but either one is pretty much a death sentence to a machine. Right now it still processes basic functions such as word files and basic internet access but even those fail occasionally. I cannot send out pictures and on occasion the word text gets scrambled or has some foreign code thrown in the middle of it. I’m trying to baby the computer along until the beginning of next month when I will purchase a new one.
It is almost impossible for me to function without a computer. I spend an incredible amount of time on it doing work and surfing the web. It’s no wonder that without fail, I must purchase a new machine every three years because of some kind of catastrophic failure. It’s like clockwork. So I have pretty much figured that in the fall/winter of 2011, I will have to purchase another one. Isn’t it interesting that the maximum warranty is only three years that you can buy? Why not three and a half?…because it’s a man thing. They know that within the three years, I will probably not use the warranty once but I would be willing to bet that I will use it three years and one day later for some kind of terminal illness.
Anyways, I have been searching and reading reviews on certain netbooks and have made up my mind what I’d like to purchase. I’m making the transition from desktop to laptop for the portability factor. That way, when I’m at work, I can use my computer with X10’s heavy duty appliance module to turn off and on the air conditioner, hot tub and the washer/dryer in my dream automated home. Ahhh, yes, electronics at their best…when they work.
The new netbooks are great little tools meant for the business class people who need internet access and basic computer functions. They’re not meant for the gamer or the artist. They can only perform the basic computer functions but they seem to hold their own well. One particular brand has caught my eye because of its price and its durability. I’m hoping that once I get it, some miracle may happen and it will last past the three year mark, but again, I will not be holding my breath. Thankfully, I have a friend who has been a great help to me in picking out what I need as far as hardware perimeters. He’s the one who suggested the netbook versus the full fledged notebook and I’m glad he did. The price difference between the two is nothing to sneeze at either. However, the ultimate test will be come December 2011, is it still working?