Wednesday, July 8, 2015
My Creaky Computer
This is a fitting photo for my post today, because I'm writing about my antique of a computer! Or at least it's behaving like an antique. The rest of the world certainly treats it as one.
My computer is four years old -- purchased in May 2011. In computer and software years, that's a century. Granted, it's seen fairly heavy daily use, including uploading and processing thousands of photos.
Lately, it's been acting up. The processor gets very hot when it does anything with large quantities of data, like streaming movies or uploading a hundred pictures. Occasionally it stops streaming or importing entirely and just freezes. It also drops our (admittedly wonky) Internet connection fairly frequently, often in the middle of a task. (Dave's computer doesn't do that as often, so I know it's not just the connection.)
Flickr no longer works with my version of the Safari web browser, and when I tried to update Safari, I found that no updates are available for my operating system. Apple has essentially stopped supporting this OS. I used to get software updates regularly but now there are none. (I can still access Flickr with the Google Chrome browser.)
Yesterday, I tried to sign up for an Adobe membership that would allow me to use Lightroom and edit my pictures "in the cloud." I signed up, paid, and when I tried to install the software, Adobe told me it wouldn't work on this computer. I contacted Adobe to be sure, and the customer service people confirmed that my OS is too old. So I had to cancel my brand-new membership.
All of which is to say that my computer's days are numbered. The Adobe problem isn't severe because we have Photoshop on our computers at work, so I can always use it there. The other problems are annoying but not so terrible that they limit my use of the computer.
Dave has been urging me to buy a new one, but my goal is to make it last five years -- until next spring. I think I can push it that far. It makes no sense to buy a new operating system in the interim, when the machine itself is so old. So for the next several months I think I'll just stagger along. Unless the processor dies entirely or I can no longer import photos, which will be a game changer.
I also have an iPhone that's almost six years old (but still functional!) and my iPod -- which is really ancient -- seems unable to hold a battery charge. It's getting to be time for a technology overhaul!
On another subject entirely, this little blue butterfly fluttered around the patio yesterday as Dave and I sat outside in the evening. I believe it's a Holly Blue. I've just started seeing butterflies within the past week or so -- mostly cabbage whites.
(Top photo: The antique store I mentioned in yesterday's post, Ilford.)