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Aug 10, 2018

Retirement Lifestyle: New Computer Requirements

I have always had an Mac computer...since the beginning of Steve Job's computer life we have owned a Mac or Apple or iMac or an iPad or an iPhone, an iWatch, etc. (Is there more?) I don't think it is a religion but it might be. I do feel compelled to scoff at PC users as they do me. But that is not a religion is it?

Anyway, times they are a-changing for me. I am not that fired up about change most of the time and it is not necessarily welcome. So that "changing" did not happen overnight. There was a big bang that started it all. The chain of events went like this:

My computer (the big iMac) was smashed on the way home of Arizona and now has a big ouchy on it's upper right hand corner. In this particular case, the Gorilla glass just couldn't take the punch it received. In hide-site, I think that the security people at the airport opened my bag, unpacked my bag and then repacked my bag and did not secure the computer the way it was secured when we packed it. There was a note inside telling me they had taken a look but I think they did more than that. The suitcases shifted in the back of the van so when we arrived home and my grandson opened the back hatch door, the suitcase fell out. Thankfully it did not hit and kill the grandson. It did hit the concrete on it's corner. The suitcase was just fine but the computer was not. The suitcase cost less than $100 but the computer was well over $1000.


Yes, I called everyone imaginable but no one could/would help. Sooooo. I was in the market for a new computer. That was on April 25.

I have been thinking about this since. Because the really broken Mac still works fine, I had the luxury of time. But, my husband and I both knew that the Mac could not take another trip on the airplane. If I was going to write for the six months we spend in the desert in the winter, I was going to need something to write on.

Yesterday, we went to the local mall and we visited the Apple Store. It wasn't until I stood in front of the computers that I realized I did NOT want another computer. I wanted more.  I wanted the luxury and portability of an iPad and its touch screen plus the functions of my computer.

Bottom line, we bought a 12 inch iPad Pro and a keyboard that attaches. It is absolutely beautiful and will do just what I want it to do. When I opened the online Blogger App it was exactly the same as my computer. I felt right at home.

I did struggle a little bit setting it up. I forgot the passcode, had to learn to restore the device, forgot to write down the passcode a second time but I finally landed on my feet. We are set to go. So here I am writing on an iPad and not noticing any difference. Isn’t that wonderful?

Have your needs changed at all? Are you still using the same computer as always? How old is it? Is it a PC or a Mac? Keep me posted.

Have a beautiful day!

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7 comments:

  1. Sad to hear your poor computer took such a hit and nice you found an iPad. I have a Dell laptop and a desktop PC and have always chosen PCs, since my job at the university uses them, I am comfortable with them plua my hubby was a computer expert (MIS degree) and preferred PCs.

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    1. I REALLY LOVE THIS DEVICE. IT IS TURNING OUT TO BE JUST WHAT I HOPED FOR AND MORE. IT IS FAMILIAR YET MUCH MORE USEFUL IF THAT MAKES SENSE. IF YOU GET A CHANCE, GIVE IT A TRY. :)

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  2. My son bought the iPad Pro. It is amazing in the classroom!!!! Slowly he is converting his university to convert. He is currently working on me to replace my 8 (gasp) year old iPad. I am thinking....Black Friday?

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    1. MY OLD IPAD IS ALMOST THAT OLD IF NOT MORE. I NEVER REALLTY GOT THE USE OUT OF IT THAT I SHOULD HAVE. I LIKE GETTING DOWN TO JUST THE ONE COMPUTER. IT MAKES SUCH GOOD SENSE FOR ME. THE KEY BOARD ON THIS IS THE SAME SIZE AS MY COMPUTER BUT I DON’T HAVE A MOUSE, I CAN TOUCH THE SCREEN TO EDIT. LOVE IT!

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  3. Ah, yes. I just went through this new computer agony in May/June. I closed my old faithful Lenovo Think Pad with a ball point pen on the keyboard. CRACK! The screen was ruined. We made a trip to Best Buy for a repair, but they said it was too old for them to get a new screen. I could buy one online and they would replace it for me. That was just going to be too hard when we were on the road so I ended up buying something new. Best Buy did not have the Lenovo I wanted so I ended up with a Hewlett Packard and some anxiety. The anxiety turned out to be for naught. I can hardly tell the difference when I am working. I bit newer and faster, but more or less the same. I HATE getting new tech products!!!

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  4. This new iPad looks and feels like my old computer. Like you, I like to build on what I know not start all over again.

    Be well Dinata. It is good to see you again.

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