It’s with deep sorrow that I have to report that I will be losing a good friend:
HP Pavilion a1224n:
519K P4 Pentium
1 GB Memory
220 GB HD
I bought this desktop at the end of 2005.
I left out the best attribute of this computer:
Windows XP !!!!!
I love Windows XP and in my life of being a computer user, XP has been and will be (for quite some time) my favorite operating system. Do people remember Win 98 and ME?????
Did I mention that I love my XP?????
I work for a large company and quite literally, I was the very last person that had an XP machine sitting on my desk when the company was forced to “upgrade” to Win 7. I do a very esoteric job and a lot of it involves using recorded video from some very,very old video systems that we once had and still use. There are a number of programs I use daily that are less than fully compatible with Win 7 which adds to my daily grumpiness at work.
With the retirement my my XP desktop, I have a couple of options.
- Get a new desktop
- Get a docking station for my $#@%! Win 8 laptop
Getting a new desktop really isn’t in the budget right now and I don’t have enough Amazon gift cards saved up to get a desktop through Amazon. I would also prefer not to buy a big ticket item through Amazon after a couple of “poor” experiences and the fact that it’s hard to find a really good deal that would be less cost compared a sale at a local big box electronic store. I do what shopping at Amazon mostly because I can get free Amazon gift cards.
There are several downsides to the docking station idea as well. One is the cost. Getting a decent docking station would cost a large percentage of getting a new desktop along with the idea that the docking station would be a short term solution. The second is that most of the better docking stations seem to not do well with $#@%! Win 8.
Whether I go with option 1 or option 2, I will have to get new software as well. I currently use Quicken 2003 for my bookkeeping and it works just fine. But, Quicken 2003 will not load on my $#@%! Win 8 laptop. Quicken 2005 will also not load on that laptop and despite Quicken 2008 being able to load, it will not upload/convert my Quicken 2003 data file. The good news is that I will soon by my TurboTax for the year and very often, the big box computer store will have a deal when you buy several Intuit products at the same time.
Sometime this week I will stop on my way home from work at the big box computer store and get the most recent version of Quicken, and then I can retire my buddy, the XP machine.
But XP will live on !!
I still have an XP laptop that is still pretty darn good ! (except the “a” and “s” keys keep popping off.)