Back in the early 80’s my father began working for a computer company. WANG Computers. By the mid 90’s- the company he was working for wasn’t doing so hot and downsizing was rampant. As the offices shutdown, and the spaces were condensed- my father stayed. He had the luxury of having to terminate people he had worked with for years. It did not bode well for his health.
As the downsizing continued, the company started selling off their office equipment. Eventually my father picked up some things prior to his departure. We got a few art pieces, a couple computer chairs, and a desk. A large, heavy, durable, virtually indestructible desk. My family moved this monster into at least four different homes. I inherited the beast. I will not be taking it to my new house.
So I brought it to my work.
We needed a new desk at my work. I have been asking for some new furniture for ages, but it doesn’t look like it’s on the horizon. At least for the foreseeable future, This desk will be utilized. Everyone who saw the desk literally said, “Hey- Nice Desk.”
What’s funny is that this wasn’t even the desk my father used at his work. This was some random cubicle desk he brought home. I had to help him dismantle it on a Saturday and bring it home back when I was a teenager.
Now every time I go to work and sit at the desk- I’ll think of my father. I will think of him and my plans to Retire from this job. It’s the perfect desk for my work.
Back in elementary school during the early 80’s I learned how to use an Apple IIe. A large floppy disk drive with a single button mouse and a black and green monitor. At home I was learning DOS on an Adam computer with magnetic tape drives.
In high school during the early 90’s I used a Macintosh. There was a computer lab- called the Mac Lab. My school also had two IBM labs. I enjoyed the shareware from the IBMs and programming, but my passion to create pixel art- was done on a Mac.
At home I’ve never owned an Apple computer. I always ran Windows based computers. But I still enjoyed using an iPod followed by an iPhone. A few years ago I picked up some iPad minis for the kids. Three years ago my wife got a MacBook for her work. Recently they updated her to a Google Pixelbook. So she had the opportunity to buy her MacBook Air, and she did.
So now I’m re-learning how to use an Apple computer. So far, a few hours have been spent. A few headaches, but I’m getting back into understanding once more how Apple operating systems work. It will be a family laptop for school mostly. But I look forward to being creative with Apple once more.
Doing internet searches can have an unwanted side effect. The bots track what you search and cater “Ad Preferences” online. These bots are supposed to be clever and track your ip. I’ve run into something unique though on our home internet.
My wife works from home for an online company called Shopify. She is what they call a “Customer Success Guru”. She is often looking at people’s sites in order to assist them. This has created an adverse effect to our home internet. We are getting ads “catered” to us that have nothing to do with what we are really interested in. It also happens on our phones/ iPads when we connect to our house WiFi.
Now instead of just scrolling and ignoring regular ads, we have ads popping up in Facebook or Instagram that are completely whacky. I never knew there was so many plush toy, jewelry and led lights that people could buy. But the sex toys and lawn furniture had me worried that I was spending too much time looking at porn.
In the end, it’s kind of interesting that the online computer world doesn’t know what my interests are. Just some strange logarithm trying to cater sales to customers but failing miserably.
Back in October, our oldest had saved up money and bought herself a New Computer. She has been very proud of it and has taken extra care with it. Over the past few weeks, she has been using it for a school project.
The project was for her Pre-Calculus class. She had to enter formulas to plot out lines and curves on a graph to make a symbol. While many students chose much easier symbols, our daughter (who loves the tv show Supernatural) chose a much more intricate design. After weeks and hours of working on perfecting the equations, she is finally done. She also finished before her deadline which is the end of January. I am impressed because of her passion in the project, and mostly because she had to explain something to me that I didn’t have a clue about.
She has demonstrated that she is capable of a great many things throughout her life. Now that she has finished this project, she has been wanting us to pay for Adobe Photoshop for her. Part of the deal was to make sure she doesn’t fall behind in school work for a hobby. I think this Calculus assignment has proven to us that she can be committed to her word.
We look forward to seeing what she can do with Photoshop and her photography. My wife would like her to clean up some of our photos as well. Our daughter has also hinted at writing more music, only time will tell. But I’m glad to see she is far exceeding my abilities in computing.
Back in January, our oldest daughter hit a New Milestone by getting her first job. Since then, she has done a fantastic job saving money. She only spends about $20/week for a couple lunches out with friends. The rest has been saved.
She has done exactly as we instructed. She has been setting aside 10% of her pay every month. She has also been saving separately for her big ticket item goal. On Monday she ordered it online.
She bought herself a new MacBook Pro. It cost her $4779.04. She bought the top end model in hopes that it will last her a few years. Especially going on to university.
She was excited to finally have something tangible in front of her after ten months of hard work. Even after spending a large lump sum on a new computer, she still has a lot left over. She is planning on spending some monthly on Adobe products for her passion in photography. I’m really happy for her that she experienced the first true sensation of what devoting her time at work can get her.
I have a feeling we won’t be seeing much of her this weekend as she sets the computer up the way she likes it.
Anyone who has a cellphone, tablet or computer knows all about “updates”. So we think about it, and postpone it.
Then there is the frustrating moment that your device needs to configure and change settings. You can only ignore them for so long before it feels threatening.
So you update. And wait. And wait. And wait. Then everything pops back on. Shiny and new and nothing like the old software. It forces us to relearn everything all over again.
But we all do it. Partly because we want to, but mostly because we have to. We have to update our software to keep up with the rest of the world. Unless you’re These people still using a Commodore 64. Then you’re totally going to rock, 25 years later. For a brief internet article. But hey, they didn’t update their software.
Some of the most frustrating things in life are things that don’t exist. Computer memory space for example. I swear that within a year of buying a computer, the space gets filled.
No matter what size storage you have on any given device- it gets filled quickly. We could have the largest storage on an iPad or iPhone, and it would get filled. Same with videogame systems. Our PS3 is maxed out, so is our Wii-U. Both have been in our possession for years though- so that’s forgivable.
Over the past couple of days, I’ve been working on managing the storage on all of our devices. Removing defunct or useless apps. I’ve deleted the kids’ old homework from years ago that isn’t needed anymore. I’ve also been trashing numerous duplicate photos. Even going as far as deleting all downloaded videos in hopes that our computer will run smoothly again.
I don’t know if our computer will run any faster. I just know that I am able to find files easier now. It’s as if we just click “save” without choosing a destination on the computer. We have a 2tb external hard drive and it still has more than half of its storage available. But our 500gb computer is full. I just want to yell at my family that they don’t need to save to the desktop or create numerous links on the desktop to various file folders. It does not make sense!
The only thing more frustrating than having to move storage around is trying to re-connect to the internet when you get a new modem or the connection craps out. Or when you forget passwords. Passwords are the worst. But that’s a topic for another day. I need to get back to moving files around now. Wish my luck in the Matrix.