Saturday, 26 October 2013

Shiny and new

I have a new computer.

I didn't really want to change, but my old one was falling apart. It's a 5 1/2 year old laptop that's travelled with me on my push bike, buses, trains, ships and boats. I've used it in the van, in Russia and Spain, at the beach and on honeymoon. It's written two novels and hundreds of stories.

The new one will be good I'm sure, once I get the hang of it. It's smaller, lighter, quicker and has twice the battery life. They keyboard lights up in the dark (handy as I can't touch type). It's shiny and doesn't have a little mark on the screen that looks just like a stray apostrophe.

Now, let's see if I can find anything ...

Oh yes, here's a short story competition, with a nice shiny prize.

And the picture is of a shiny new day.


30 comments:

  1. Good luck with using Windows hate... I mean eight!

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    1. I haven't got that, Wendy - it's t'other sort of computer. I'm sensing you're perhaps not entirely happy with Windows ...

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  2. I'm sure you'll learn to love the new one. :) And it'll have lots of amazing stories written on it as well. :)

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  3. Have fun playing with your new toy! :)

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    1. So far I've spent my time trying to make it as much like the old one as possible (well except for the cracks in the casing)

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  4. I am sure you will have better luck with your computer than I am having with my new phone, which has a mind of its own. My own fault for listening to others saying "upgrade".

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    1. I don't get the point of upgrading stuff that works, L. It seems to me that usually they just change stuff rather than improving it. If I could have bought a new version of my old one I'd have gone for that, but they don't make it any more.

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  5. I love the picture! Don't love new computers though - usually by the time I do, it's time to get another :-) x

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    1. That's a point, Teresa. I probably wasn't keen on the old one when it was new ... actually I know I wasn't.

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  6. Nothing makes me happier than a new computer!
    Your old laptop lasted a long time. Most don't make it past three years.

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    1. Ah, but you're a geeky youth, Alex. I'm a luddite (according to my husband) who wants stuff to stay the same and last forever.

      I do like the light up keyboard though.

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  7. Good luck with the new computer. I was surprised to read you don't touch type, Patsy.

    Thank you for this latest free entry comp link, Patsy, and all the comps you find and share with us. I really like the look of this one.

    Regards,
    Debbie

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    1. I use one finger for the typing, one to press the arrow thing to change to upper case and my thumb on the space bar, Debbie.

      That leaves a whole hand free to pick up my mug or pieces of cake, so it's really a very efficient system.

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  8. Nice! I'm fearing the day when mine decided I've punished it enough... =/ Have fun discovering all the bells and whistles!

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    1. I'm glad mine gave me some warning instead of just packing up, Leandra. Don't forget to back up!

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  9. Lovely photo. Hope the new computer is becoming a friend!

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    1. I am starting to get used to it, Rosemary.

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  10. Lovely photo, very moody. It must be a wrench to say goodbye to the old computer. Mine has seen me through over a hundred stories and has a fake full-stop permanently on the screen - trips me up every time!
    I entered the Sophie King comp last year and will try again - just wonder where the 2013 winners are published?

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    1. It seems that punctuation marks on the screen is quite common with older laptops, Tracy.

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  11. Good luck with the new computer! It can be really hard adjusting to something new, but at least your old laptop lasted as long as it did. My old one had died on me sooner than that!

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    1. People tell me it's lasted a long time, Heather. I don't think they're built to outlast their guarantees - bit like most modern equipment.

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  12. Patsy, I haven't read your story yet, but I just found a free poetry contest that may interest you...
    Here's the link to it:
    http://classicalpoets.org/2012-poetry-competition/

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  13. Good luck with your new machine, I changed last year, it took a little adjusting time to get used to a different operating system (I decided to leave Windows too!) but you do get there. I also have the keyboard that lights up in the dark, its invaluable!

    Thank you for the competition information. :-)

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    1. I managed to write a short story on it yesterday, Maria so I must be getting used to it.

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  14. Hi Patsy - sounds a good deal .. as you say once you get used to it ... I really need to get to understand my other one - it sits and looks at me! Not much good ... but glad you're mastering yours ... and you're already writing stories .. cheers Hilary

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    1. I think I have it sussed now, Hilary. It's not too different from the old one.

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  15. Hi Patsy, I'm a bit behind on your posts, and I'd say you well deserve a new computer. If you can type all those lovely stories on an old one, lets stand back and wait for your masterpieces to arrive on the new one. I get attached to old things, and I'm glad Alan is attached to this old thing that's me as well:)))) Catch up soon, I'm busy nano ing.

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    1. Gary always likes the latest gadgets! I'd be worried except that I don't think he'd get much of a trade in deal on me so he's probably better off keeping me.

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