The Price of Cool
Anyone of you have an extra $2500 hanging around that you are not intending to use?
In order to be continuing to be considered cool, I will I have to upgrade to Windoz 7. All those commercials tell me I am NOT COOL unless I am a “PeeCee” on their latest and greatest operating system.
So I looked into just upgrading at $199 but I am on XP so I am going to need the Full version at $299. But then I learned that Windoz 7 wipes out all my files from XP unless I upgrade to Vista first and then to 7. So I have to drop another $299 for Vista to preserve my files. So now I was looking at $400-$600 to upgrade to Windoz 7.
Then I ran the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor tool and found out that parts of my old HP desktop were too old to run this upgrade. After I dropped another $400 for a new graphics card, memory, SCSI adapter and other stuff so I am resolved to buy a new PeeCee. Since I don't want to have an obsolete machine in two years, I don't want to get a clunker at $400, I want one of those cool all-in-ones so I am looking at a $1200 HP.
Then I found out that HP All in one Printer-Copier-Fax is too old to work with Windozs 7 so I need another $500. Luckily, my HP Laser Printer is new enough to pass the upgrade test (that's good since I just dropped $160 on a new toner cartridge).
Finally I wanted to get software to organize my photos, edit videos, and just do some basic PeeCee stuff. Plus I need to update some of my current software to take advantage of all this new power. Then to avoid all that spam, viruses, hacker attacks, trojan horses, and general poopy… I need to get a suite of anti-poopy software and anti-virus subscriptions that would make Fort Knox look like a Lemonade Stand! That adds up to another $800.
So for a mere $2500 I too desire to be cool! And if you give me the money… You will be the first on my list for the Windoz 7 Release Party I am having!
or I could just get a new 21.5″ IMac… for $1199… or the 27″ for $1699!
The Hurt Paw
To be fair to my friend John (who works for Microsoft), Mac Snow Leopard has it's own issues. Although I find the upgrade worth the price ($29), it does have some quirky glitches. It's just the risk of being an early adopter (I knew the job was dangerous when I took it).
First off there were printer problems when I first installed it. Since then I have re-installed the printer software and HP has just released an update so those issues have been resolved. (HP driver updates were available today via Mac Software Update).
Plus there are about a dozen programs that are incompatible and a half dozen that just wont open (including Adobe Director 10 which I own and use). I have noticed that some programs (especially Adobe) are acting quirky as well. Dreamweaver just hangs for a while with no rhyme or reason. Fireworks refuses to quit now (always have to force quit).
If you find you are having issues.. I suggest that you use the Apple Disk Utility and Repair File Permissions… This will help resolve a lot of issues you may have!
Bonus Video of the Week…
I love this. This was an experiment to see that if you made using the stairs fun… would it effect how people might choose exercise over convenience! Enjoy…