Take That, Steve!

 Posted by at 12:26 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 302018

Well, it wasn’t as easy as I had hoped, but on the other hand it wasn’t as difficult as I had feared. My new computer is up and running, and it seems like everything is working as it should.

We started setting it up on Saturday and quickly realize that there was a problem with my old 23 inch monitor. I’ve had it for at least 12 years and I have been talking about replacing it for a long time but I’ve always been too cheap to do it. Terry kept telling me I needed to just bite the bullet and buy a new one because it had some dead pixels and was pretty ancient. When I went to plug it into the new computer I discovered that the old monitor used an HDMI cord and the new computer uses a DisplayPort connection. Okay, that’s not going to work. I needed to find some kind of adapter.

Since there is no place around here to get something like that, we made what we thought would be a quick run to Staples in Daytona Beach to get one. When we left home the sun was shining and the sky was blue, but not long after we got on Interstate 95 the rain began to pour down in buckets. Our Explorer has automatic headlights that come on, but I noticed the dashboard lights were not on. I tried moving the little wheel that makes them darker or brighter with no luck. Oh goody, one more thing to deal with. I was hoping it was just a fuse that I could replace myself rather than taking it to a shop. Replacing fuses is about the extent of my knowledge when it comes to fixing things. As it turned out, it wasn’t a fuse. About the time we were getting off the interstate in Daytona Beach I realized I still had my sunglasses on. I took them off and immediately the dashboard lights started working. It’s a miracle!

While we were at Staples I looked at monitors, just to see what they had, and the supply was very limited. So after purchasing the adapter we decided to stop at Best Buy, even though we really hate doing business with them. I figured I would see what was available there, then check and see if I could order it from Amazon, usually at a much better price.

A manager came over to see if he could help us and I told him that we were looking for a large monitor and asked a couple questions about the ones on display. I was right up front with him and told him all I was doing was looking and that I didn’t plan to buy anything from them because when we bought Terry’s laptop computer from them we were supposed to get 10% back in the form of a store credit. That was about $100, and despite repeated phone calls and trips to the store we never got it. He said he wanted to make that right with us, and showed us a 28 inch Samsung 4K monitor, which retailed for $469 that a customer had bought and returned the same day. There was nothing wrong with it, it was just too big for his needs. It was still in the box with the original factory warranty, and he said I could return it within 15 days for a full refund if I didn’t like it. Then he offered it to us for $275. Okay, at that price I will buy something from Best Buy!

Back at home, we started hooking everything up and immediately I ran into problems with Microsoft wanting pin numbers for different things. I needed a Dell pin number, a Microsoft pin number, and a personal pin number. I had no idea what those pin numbers were or how to set them up, because they weren’t very clear about all of that. A couple of calls to technical support got me someone who could speak English almost as well as my neighbor’s cat.

When we finally got all that resolved it was close to midnight, and then I discovered that somewhere in the process I had somehow locked myself out of the blog. I kept trying and was finally able to get in just long enough to post a quick paragraph saying that I was having technical difficulties. By the time I went to bed I was worn out mentally.

We were back at it yesterday morning, and I think we finally have the productivity programs I need loaded into the new computer and everything working right. There’s a learning curve to Windows 10, but with Terry’s help have I been able to get a pretty good handle on. I need to call Go Daddy, because I’m still having some issues with the blog, but at least I could post it.

Meanwhile Steve, my old computer, just sat there pouting like the spoiled child he has always been. Okay, maybe it wasn’t nice of me to parade my pretty new computer around in front of him. But what can I say? It’s payback time, baby. Wait until Steve finds out that I’m going to transplant his old hard drive into a case to use as a portable backup storage drive for the new computer. That ought to really tick him off.

I have to say a big thank you to Greg White for putting up with my many phone calls asking for advice during the setup process, as well as to Miss Terry, who not only helped me with getting everything plugged into the right locations, but also talked me through some things in Windows 10 so I could get familiar with it, and put up with me being a grouchy old bear when things weren’t going right.

Congratulations Gail Reitz, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Big Lake Lynching, the second book in my Big Lake mystery series. We had 57 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon!

Thought For The Day – Well, well, well, if it isn’t the same mistake I’ve made several times already.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  6 Responses to “Take That, Steve!”

  1. You’ll love Windows 10 once you get used to it. It’s the next best thing to Windows 7. Seems every other iteration Microsoft gets it right. XP – good Vista – horrible Windows 7 – great, Windows 8 – horrible, Windows 10 – great! For years I was always buying a new computer with the wrong operating system and paying to upgrade. I have finally got on the right cycle, but need to get a new one before whatever the next iteration is!

  2. A standing ovation to Miss Terry. Working with bears can be trying!!

  3. I’d suggest you make a sign for the dash to remind you to take off the sunglasses before looking at it but you might not be able to see the sign !!

    THX for the laugh , I could have used that story while warming up show crowds…

  4. Don’t know why you were asked for all those PIN numbers. I’ve set up several Windows 10 machines & never needed any. I also always make a point of setting up with a local login and not a Microsoft one. Good luck with your new machine. Windows 10 isn’t so bad. Still has most of the same stuff Windows 7 had, just well hidden.

  5. Hey Nick, was the Samsung monitor that you paid $275 for at Best Buy the same as this one currently offered on Amazon for $250?

  6. I’m up to moderately productive, although I’m still missing several small pieces of software that I use regularly. Computer changeovers are SO painful.

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