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Grumping about my new PC

We purchased a new PC. The old one was over 10 years old and showing signs of imminent demise. There are a whole lot of things I like about the new computer---not the least being that it doesn't freeze on me every few minutes when I'm working on anything other than word processing. But there are many things that I find frustrating.

Despite claims to the contrary, migrating information from one computer to the other took more than a full day. And yes, I did use the nifty programs and tools to do the migration for me. But,

(1) I had to use the old computer, of course, and so the speed at which things moved was limited by the slower PC.

(2) Not everything migrated---the new computer didn't like the way some items were brought over and told me, sorry, can't open them, you have to reinstall on this computer. 

(3) Despite the time I spent customizing the migration to limit the information only to the things I needed, some old junk still got on my new computer, which I now have to figure out how to delete.

(4) Most annoyingly, I couldn't migrate my address book or any old emails. I did figure out how to make most of the information accessible on the new computer, but it took me hours to get there. 

And that new screen is nice, except, it's kind of wide. I mean, really wide. And I ordered the smallest one they offered! I know, I know, I can customize the view. And I'll probably get used to it and wonder how I managed with that piddly square screen before. But lines go on forever, and everything looks small in it---I find myself squinting to read, which, quite frankly is ridiculous.

But you know, THE most annoying thing of all is that the internal clock was set wrong. I don't mean it's in the wrong time zone, which, of course, I can fix. I mean they've got the time zones set wrong. Although I live in the Eastern Time Zone of North America, I had to set it to Atlantic time to get it right.

I mean. Come on!


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Feb. 3rd, 2011 08:37 am (UTC)
There is a way to fix the tininess of the things on the screen. Remind me to ask my dad how to do it.
Feb. 3rd, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I can control fonts for programs generated on my computer, but fonts from websites are more tricky. (E.g. Livejournal is whatever Livejournal set its fonts at--small.)
Feb. 3rd, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
oh, well *that's* easy! Just go to whatever page is too small, then press CTRL + (like, literally hold the control key while you press the plus/equals key). to make it smaller, hit CTRL -

Feb. 4th, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)
Brilliant! Thank you so much! (And why didn't I know that already?)
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