Defining our digital needs going forward...9 days and counting...


An Egyptian Goose on the far shore of the Sunset Dam in Kruger National Park. For more photos, please click here.
Tom purchased a Google Chromebook with an entirely new operating system. He was sick of Windows 10 on the Acer 15.6 laptop he's been using for over a year. I understood his concerns.

Although I tried to help him figure out "workarounds" for the features he didn't like, (as opposed to Windows 8.1 which he did like) unless a person is using the system day by day, it's difficult to determine exactly what changes need to be made. Also, a part of this is about personal preferences.

His laptop was running very slow but otherwise seemed to be in good shape. My Acer 15.6 laptop (5 years old) has been showing signs of a possible crash at any time. (I've backed up everything, of course).

Our recent plan was to purchase two new smaller (11.6) Chromebooks since neither of us cared for Windows 10, nor are we Apple people and we appreciated the smaller, lighter size of Chromebooks.

Recently, we purchased one Chromebook with the plan to get it up and running prior to leaving Arizona. If we both liked it, we'd purchase another for me this week. 

After setting up Tom's compact-sized unit, I noticed a number of features (or lack thereof) that would make it difficult for me to keep records and to do the daily posts. It simply isn't the most sophisticated device for my needs, but works great for email, Facebook, Ancestry, web browsing, managing financial apps and syncing with his Google phone.

After considerable discussion and the fact that I thought by "restoring" Tom's laptop to basically "clean it up," I could start using his with a clean slate. 

Of course, this was subject to its functioning as a new computer. Otherwise, we'd have no choice but to purchase a new Windows 10 laptop for me which with all the features I need and want, could run $700 or $800.

After the all-day-long process of restoring his laptop and basically bringing it back to the original Windows 10 operating system, I started entering my information to determine if the restore brought it back to out-of-the-box condition. It did! I was thrilled.

Over the next several days, I will continue to set up my apps and transfer my files. Then, I will do a restore on my old laptop to wipe everything out to see if one of Tom's sisters can use it. If not, before we leave we'll take it to a computer recycling facility.

It will be a big relief to have this behind us, adding to our peace of mind in leaving the US in a mere 9 days. There's yet much to do to be ready by a week from Wednesday on January 29th but as always, we'll get there.

I am looking forward to today's 4:00 pm get-together with friend/reader Staci in Mesa.

Have a fantastic week!
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Photo from one year ago today, January 20, 2019:
The hippo's skin is a gray to brownish-red with pink areas around their ears and under their chin. They have very few hairs on their body, but, do have stiff whiskers on their broad lips that feel like a broom and a small amount of fuzziness around the edges of their ears and on their tail. For more photos, please click here.

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