Today is Thursday, March 23, 2017

If it ain't broke

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Before we get started, let me try to talk you out of buying a new computer. We have an old one which was working fine and doing everything I wanted it to do. But there was this notification which came up on the screen stating that the old software and hardware would not be supported by the company that was discontinuing its services.

I personally didn't think that we needed any support from that company since my wife had just installed a new virus protection at considerable cost. This protection probably would last for months. I did tell her that my voice recognition could probably be improved upon.

This was all the impetus she needed to go out and get a new computer. Please, just don't mess up my stories and correspondence that I have on the old one was my admonition to her. So, for Father's Day and actually several days before the actual date in June, the new computer sat on the floor beside the old one. When it was hooked up it was shiny and new but wouldn't do anything. Besides that, it had an annoying start up that required a password which I complained about. And then there were the codes and model numbers and passwords that you needed to do anything from the present date till 2050.

About a month later I noticed the old computer back in line and quickly jumped on it to retrieve the correspondence and stories I had been wanting to forward for many days. I was most happy to have it back, and some of the information had been nicely catalogued. Linda did this to get it ready to transfer to the new computer, a process that was moving at a snail's pace.

Next time I looked, the new computer was placed, and I was admonished to try the new voice recognition function, which didn't work. Linda said she had inadvertently deleted the new program, the very one she had bought with the new computer to give me for Father's Day. This sad occurrence happened Oct. 5, but I was assured it would be a quick remedy.

So if you don't hear from me in the next decade, don't worry. The new computer is plugged in and functioning well. If you don't hear from me in the next month or so, it is probably because I have forgotten all of the passwords.

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