I want to say that technology doesn’t come easy to older folks but the truth is that we want to use them without investing the time to understand them. Don’t change things and make us learn new stuff. And so the story starts.
Back in May I thought it would be nice to write my blog posts in the screened porch. I could admire the pond and the back yard. Be one with nature and productive too.
I have a desk top computer. I would need to buy something portable. Something bigger than my Kindle and smaller than my old laptop which was very heavy. I procrastinated for months. I would check the ads and gag on the prices. Then there were the features. Do I need 1T? Do I know what it is?
Finally I sought some advice and was able to focus on what was important. Since I wouldn’t play fancy games or stream movies, what I needed was simple (and hopefully cheap).
I ordered on-line because I was too lazy to go to the store. The computer looked like it had everything I needed and then some.
It came the next day. I opened the package, lifted it and said, “$%#@@ (that’s a bad word), this sucker is too big and heavy!”
I should have known better but I was comparing it to my cats. Mollie is 7 lbs. and light as a feather. This sucker was under 5 pounds and I swear the mafia used it to sink bodies in the ocean. How can this be?
I took it back the next day.
In the meantime I went on-line and read stuff that I didn’t want to read (cruising shoe websites is my preferred reading).
You have to love Amazon reviews. One loves it and one hates it. Then there are the 1,000 word techie reviews and you’re not exactly sure what they said. People are comedians and make you gag with their comments. (It took a margarita to get me through!)
You can’t play the age card with the prepubescent staff either. Asking for a suggestion on what is easy for a senior gives you a funny look. I interpret the look to mean the person has a grandmother who plays bingo in the church basement and wouldn’t consider a computer or they have a grandmother with a smart watch who texts at the table. I don’t know which.
For the size and weight I wanted, I could either get a cheap google Chromebook (way under $200 – ding, ding, ding) or pay more and get a windows baby laptop that people complained was slow. (Slow is relative. How does it relate to my situation? How slow is slow? Download a doc in less time than a cat barfs? Slower than nail polish drying?)
I selected the Chromebook and went to a “real” store. The beloved husband (at my insistence) came along for support. He was as helpful as a tit on a bull but I valued his encouragement.
The weight was good (still, 2.6 lbs. of technology is heavier than 2.6 lbs. of potatoes, how is that?). Keyboard was ok. I have small hands and don’t need a numerical keypad.
I have to learn the Google system. I can manage my Kindle Fire so I am hoping for the best. I have 14 days to return it.
If I only have one return, I will consider it a success! Ding, ding, ding!
Question for readers: Too much time on the computer gives me eye fatigue. I can’t dim my (Dell all-in-one desktop) monitor. I’ve tried several times and despite having a brightness button, pressing it doesn’t change anything. Does anyone have experience with a blue light blocking screen?