Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Upgrading



Monday I visited my local Apple products store here in Fort Collins. We don't have one of those big, shiny, separate Apple Stores that the bigger cities do. But we do have another authorized Apple store---the Mac Shack. It carries new and "lightly used" desktop iMacs and laptop MacBooks and a bunch of other Apple products including software. A year and a half ago I had to replace my dying PC laptop, so I decided it was time to return to my roots---Apple and the world of Macs.

Years ago---and I mean YEARS ago---in the late 1970's, our family got one of the first Apple computers, the Apple II. It was one of the first models the "two Steve's" rolled out of their Southern California garage. What a sweet machine with its little green screen. And what a delight to work on. Over the years we upgraded and had a variety of computers in our home. These last ten+ years, I've been on my own so I've used PCs as desktops and laptops. Pricing was the determinant. But when that last laptop died, I discovered a sweet "lightly used" MacBook at my local MacShack and it's been my workhorse for a year and a half.




Now, it's time to replace my old (think 7+ years) desktop PC. It's been sending me some signals that "the end is near," so I've started saving files on flash drives. The worst thing that can happen to a writer is to lose novels & stories. Shudder. I would have replaced it earlier, but I had to save up for the purchase AND I want to replace that aging old Dell with a new iMac.

If my calculations are right (remember. . .I was a CPA, so I scrutinize my budget), I should be able to buy that iMac in early September. So. . .today, I took a preliminary shopping browse through the local MacShack. Just to see what's there. It's located right in the middle of Fort Collins Old Town, so it's always fun to visit the area. Great coffee shops and cafes all around. Anyway, I found just what I wanted. a new iMac (as of May) which came out right before the bright and shiny new iMac model in June/July. So. . .I'll get a little break on price and score a new machine at the same time. Yes. . .the accountant in me still rules. :)

Meanwhile, I'm back to saving files on flash drives. I've been super busy these last two weeks finishing revisions for the first in the Molly Malone Mystery series that will come out in trade paperback in August 2012. I'll have more on that in the future. But for now. . .keep your fingers crossed that old PC stays alive and kicking for a while longer.

11 comments:

Sue said...

are you saving on flash drives or a protable hard drive? I back up my files on a handy dandy little hard drive that plugs into my usb port. I think the one I bought is 500 gig so I won't run out of room anytime soon. You might look into one. They aren't very expensive. I could afford it and I'm on a fixed income ;)

Nancy said...

Good for you! Molly Malone series? Sounds good. I want to know more!

Knittermama57 said...

I made the leap to a Mac Pro last month. I bought it online direct from Apple. I was impressed that my nephew bought a Mac Pro six years ago, when he started college and it is still functioning fine. We bought three (four?) PC laptops in that time!

Debra said...

Here is the link to the Apple Sale store
http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals?mco=OTY2ODY3Ng

I Googled and read comments on the Apple forum and every single person who bought a refurbished Apple product said they would never again buy a new one.

PS I am Knittermama 57 on Google.

Aurian said...

I hate it when my computer is slowly dying and I have to think about a replacement. At the office and at home I have never worked with anything else but windows, so I have never even looked at apple/mac. Perhaps after retirement, working with two different systems is probably frustrating.

Chaplain Jan said...

Changed over to Mac about 4 years ago & would never consider anything else now! Bought new the first time, but will probably buy refurbished, "lightly used", or "not the latest model" for my next one. Also, a portable hard drive is a good investment!

Any hints about the Molly Malone series?

Maggie Sefton said...

Sue---You're right. I haven't had to back up a ton, so I just never bought one. Probably should. Considering using the online service like Carbonite. I've heard from friends they're really good and they back up everythng automatically.

Nancy----You bet you'll heaer more about Molly Malone. :) Here's a hint: it's set in Washington, DC (my hometown) and there are political types running around, getting into trouble. All fictional, but then--how can we exaggerate? It's also got some suspense elements going on.

Maggie Sefton said...

Knittermama57----You're preaching to the choir. :)

Debra---Hey, that's sweet of you to check that for me. I'll go look. But after buying 1-yr old PC laptops for years and my used MacBook, I kinda want to buy that iMac new. That's why I was looking for a slight deal.

Maggie Sefton said...

Aurian---Hey, you can do more than you think you can. But Windows is omnipresent. In fact, most of the novelists I know (myself included) buy the software Microsoft Office for Mac. That's because NY publishing likes to receive manuscripts in MS Word, so we use it on the Mac. Plus, you don't get the same bugs and virueses because it's on a Mac.

Maggie Sefton said...

Chaplain Jan---Check out some of my comments to Nancy above. Molly Malone is as "kick-ass" as Kelly Flynn, but she's a little older. So, Molly's got a lot more battle scars than Kelly. She's grown up as the daughter of a prestigious U.S. Senator, so politics is in her blood. Stay tuned.

Tiffany0227 said...

just a suggestion, instead of flash drives have you thought of investing in a portable hard drive, i have one and it is 160 GB, under a 89.00 and that was two years ago.