I received my first PC more
than three years ago and I have spent a large part of my time since then
learning all that I could about computers and keeping up with the changes
in the industry. I knew that as rapidly as technology changed, I would
need to invest in an entirely new computer because at a certain point further
upgrading would be cost inefficient. By spring of 2001, I was ready to
take the leap but what I wanted was just not quite available. I came to
grips with the fact that unless I built my own, there were certain things
that I could not get like empty external bays, a super disk (they never
became popular) and, for a while, the memory that I wanted. Finally I made
the decision to wait until I could get a PC with Windows XP installed.
I spent hours comparing computer models on the Internet and in the current
magazines. I watched through August, September, and early October while
prices on computers dropped and memory got super cheap, always afraid that
prices would return to the earlier, higher prices. At long last what I
wanted all came together. Hewlett Packard had a model with a 1.7 GHz processor,
an 80 GB hard drive, 512 MB SDRAM upgradeable to 1024 MB, a CD-RW and a
DVD-ROM. With this computer I got a 17-inch flat screen monitor and a multi-function
printer, scanner, copier. I followed my own advice and got the most that
I could get for the amount of money that I was willing to spend. And best
of all it is running Windows XP.
Of course, now I have a lot, and I do mean a lot, of learning to do.
Windows XP is new and differs from Win 9x to the point that I now believe
that Win 98SE and Win Me were major updates rather than new operating systems.
But my learning will need to go beyond the operating system. In many ways
I will need to learn to work in a manner that is different from how I have
worked in the past. I have come to grips with the idea that it really is
more economical to save things to a CD rather than to a super disk or a
zip disk. Fred at CompUSA caused it all to make sense.
I have already had occasion to call Hewlett Packard technical support
and learned something there that I want to share with all of you who may
purchase your own new computer soon. In spite of the lead-time that companies
have had to prepare for Windows XP, not everything is ready at this time.
XP has built in drivers for my multi-function machine, but there are some
preferences that my machine needs HP drivers in order to perform and the
HP drivers will not be available until this spring. Hewlett Packard has
promised to notify me as soon as the new drivers are available. At that
time my wonderful new machine will be perfect.