Oct. 3rd, 2014

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I had to buy a new computer this week. The old one, a MacBook Pro hand-me-down from a friend, has always had issues with its fan and overheating, but it's started to shut down spontaneously more often while I'm working, and the battery won't hold a charge, and the power cord doesn't consistently supply power, and earlier this week it all came to a head and I decided it's finally gone from "inconvenient" to "preventing me from getting work done." Hence my first brand-new computer since 2006.

And Windows 8.

I don't have smart phone or a tablet of any sort, so the new interface really threw me. Is this what devices look like these days? Would everything make more sense if I knew how to operate a smart phone or bought a computer with a touchscreen? A few hours of experimentation and I think I've got the basics down, but I'm feeling absolutely *ancient.* I'd anticipated some hiccups in switching from a mac back to a PC, sure, and a period of getting used to a new keyboard, but the interface is going to take some getting used to.

Question: does anyone else find themselves worried about the login to their computer matching the login to an e-mail account? I feel as if those two things ought to be separate--if my account is hacked, can I not login to my own computer? I didn't see an option for logging in as a guest or a local user when I first set up--and then I downloaded about twenty four thousand items from Dropbox, ergh, which is going to make correcting that mistake very awkward, I suspect.

Two more welcome fandom distractions!

* [livejournal.com profile] hp_halloween is back! So excited about this fest--it's quick and dirty and fun, fun, fun, requiring only a 200-word double drabble by the end of the month. Head on over here to sign up. You've got until October 11.

* It's diversity awareness month over at [livejournal.com profile] hp_diversity. There'll be character-of-color recs posted every other day. Should be fun!

And, of course, a reminder that [livejournal.com profile] rs_small_gifts is back again, too, with sign-ups beginning October 11 and claiming on October 18. The lovely [livejournal.com profile] swissmarg made us some icons and banners, which are coming up soon...


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