Oh The Humanity!

Side note:

I’d considered taking the week off from blogging because awkward commentary on awkward things seemed, perhaps, inappropriate after yesterday’s post.

But then I decided…well hell, writing this blog, no matter how trivial the topic, is what keeps me sane. I need to write something, anything, every day. And so, dear readers, despite my ongoing grief and my travel plans that will take me back to New Mexico for a few days, I’m going to try to keep on writing this week. Because it’s who I am.

Thanks to all for your support in comments and via email. Ya’ll rock.

And now, onward……

So I have a topic I’ve been wanting to talk about for a while.

I’ve not brought it up before because, well, I was dealing with all the emotions.

It’s essential that I my footing on this and make peace.

I don’t think it is any secret that I mostly use Apple products for my computing needs.

I had the great fortune to be able to use a Mac for work in my last three jobs, a time frame of almost fifteen years.

I have Macs at home. I have an iPhone.

Yes. I’m a Mac person.

Doesn’t mean I don’t know how to use the PC, I just haven’t had a lot of need to. Sure the occasional lookup on the PC at the library. Sometimes using my best friend’s machine to check email.

Not a problem.

Well. A month ago, I came to work on my first day, and into my hands they plopped….

A Dell.

Not just a Dell. A three year old Dell.

A three year old Dell that originally came with Vista but has since been blasted with some corporate approved version of some other member of the Windows family. I’ll be dag blarned if I can remember what it is.

(Because one click on the Apple logo in the upper left corner and it will tell me what OS I’m running, but I can’t find the similar on this machine. Oh wait…start….control panel….system…. Ah ha! Windows XP.)

The Good Man assures me that whatever the OS is on this machine is better than Vista.

Oh? So…ok.

I’m getting used to it, using this machine day by day.

It’s slow. It’s stodgy. It’s….well…it’s Windows.

I’m used to “hey, I wish this thingamabooper was over there instead of over here” and so I drag it over and off it goes, happier than anything, to its new location and it just does what it’s supposed to do.

Not so with my Windows. You have to find the thingamabooper in the right file and ask it nicely, maybe even coax it, to come over and perhaps make the transfer. Like a professional bureaucrat, it wants rubber stamps and approvals and nodding heads to let it know that, yes, it might be ok to be over there.

And it will go over there.

And then, later, it will go back to where it came from, without asking.

So okay. I’m adapting. It’s all just fine.

But I have a confession to make…

(I’m so ashamed.)

I find I really kind of like the ol’ right click. I never thought I needed more than one button on my mouse. It turns out…right click is pretty darn handy.

This whole PC thing is not so bad, really!

Sssh. Don’t tell Steve Jobs. He’d be so disappointed!

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  • Ken

    Uh Karen, are all your Macs so old they don't have two mouse buttons? And if they have two, you can easily make one the all-valuable right click button. Same with track pads.

    I couldn't live without Apple but I do need to right click — it's essential to the pursuit of happiness.

  • Elise

    I'm so tellin'.

  • Lucky

    I became a Mac convert about 3 years ago, when my PC got a virus and lost EVERYTHING. I love my Mac, I love that it works right out of the box, I don't have to pay Norton $$ every year to update my virus protection, updates just show up from Apple like magic.

    But. . .I absolutely changed my settings so I could right click immediately. It's the only way to live!

  • Karen Fayeth

    Ken – I'll be damned. I thought you were funnin' me, then I asked the husband and he said yeah, my magic mouse does, in fact, do right clicks.

    All this time, and I was missing out.

    Hmph! Well, now, PC's…who needs 'em!

  • Karen Fayeth

    Elise – Dang it, woman! :)

  • Karen Fayeth

    Lucky – You too? You knew?


    I'm such a dork-ass.

    Fixing my settings now….

    Whoooo hoooooo!

  • Anonymous


    For the price of two Macs you can buy three PCs.

    Game over!


  • Karen Fayeth

    Ephraim – Yup. And all three PC's will last a year…maybe a year and a half before they are busted down and must be replaced.

    I have an almost ten year old mac that runs like a charm.

    Oh, and no viruses.

    So yeah, game over.

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