Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tech Dreck

I admit to not being the most technically-inclined person in the world, although I truly enjoy technology.

My computer situation has been patched together with chewing gum and duct tape for far too long and I'm currently considering whether to upgrade to a newer, Microsoft-compatible system that I'm very comfortable with, or to take the plunge to spend a LOT more money and a LOT of time to re-learn how to use Apple systems that I haven't used since college days. 

I already own some pretty good graphics and photo software and know my way blindfolded around this system. The Apple systems seem to be a favorite with many people though and I'd like to consider it but not only do the computers cost a lot more, I'd have to spend hundreds of $$ for new programs and many hours of learning how to use them. 

Mr. Ulrich thinks that most people are simply swayed by the sleek looks and marketing of Apple. Sigh...  I'd love anyone's input on this subject. 

I've also been experimenting with photo editing programs, and thus the somewhat unusual photo of my crystal geode. I apologize that they are a little out of focus, I mostly just wanted to play with the program to see what it could do and learn a few things before final photos for my next pattern.

I'm fascinated by the structure and beauty of minerals and crystals. I'm still learning but it has been fun.

Thanks for stopping by today - peace, blessings and happy knitting to you.


  1. I think it really depends on what you're going to be doing with the computer, but for the average consumer I'm going to have to agree with Mr. Ulrich.

    In January I bought a new laptop and went with something I ordered online (a Lenovo Thinkpad, if you're interested) rather than what I've done in the past, which is buy something from a Big Box. It was more expensive by a couple hundred dollars than one bought straight off the shelf but still cheaper than an Apple.

  2. I agree with Kate, it depends on what you want from your system. I have both an iMac and a PC laptop and prefer the Apple any day - it's definitely the right route for design-led packages, and it's so intuitive (and looks better IMHO!). But if you're needing to use office type software then the PC is your better option.

    Good luck - it's not easy choosing between them!

  3. I've got a PC laptop. I bought a new one fairly recently. I know all the 'cool kids' have Apple product these days but I just didn't fancy learning a whole new system and buying all that new software. I'm struggling learning new software as it is and don't want to spend the time learning a whole new thing. I just dont have the time.

    Also, I don't like the way Apple ties you into their products. my daughters have Ipods and love them but we've had a lot of problems with splitting their Itunes account now that my oldest daughter is off to university in a year's time. And that's put me off Apple even more. I'm sticking with PC and microsoft compatible stuff.

  4. Thank you Anni, Ewa & Kate, for the insightful comments, it has helped me enormously!