Valerie Rutherford (fireflys_locket) wrote,
Valerie Rutherford

An Awkward Transformation

So, the stage after destruction is transformation. Jill warned me that, for someone as sensitive as me, transformation is often a similar upset. And indeed, and awkward transformation has begun.

Magnolia (Maggie): October 29, 2007 ~ June 9, 2010.

Also known as: my computer died.

Now, please realize that, for me, my computer is like a part of me. :/ I know that sounds pretty sad, but it is where I keep my thoughts, my things, keep track of my OCDness.... ~_~; But it also my only contact with the rest of the world most of the time.

Luckily, with some arguing and frustrated compromise, my Step Father got my a new computer, and like last time, I lost very little. Only C Drive failed. And I keep all my personal files off of C Drive since I'd think it the most likely to fail. Joe got angry when I demanded he take the new computer back to Staples to have them put in another drive, but I have really good reasons behind it all!

Anyways, I'll just get onto it. I hate Windows 7. Okay, hate might be taking a bit too far. (But only just...) I mean it's a working computer with double the space. That's fantastic! And some of the new features are pretty cool, but most of them are more annoying than helpful.  

For instance, why do most of my messengers want to sit around with open tabs? Why can't they sit in the taskbar where they used to? I tried a fix I found for awhile, but then I kept getting a billion runtime errors when I went to check my email. At this rate, I may have to limit myself to one messenger to cut down on the madness. ~_~; It would have to be Window Live for my email connection, though losing AIM's Facebook and Twitter connection would be disappointing. :/

I also think Window Media Player 12 is all messed up. Why is the "Now Playing" not a tab but like... a whole different shell? And why can't I change the colours? Or see my album art in the "Now Playing" shell? Or edit tags (luckily I have a better program for that, but still)?

I guess I'm lucky I was able to fix the bar to show tabs in the traditional way. Now I like the way it looks (besides the always sitting there messengers). Sliding stuff around and pinning things is definitely cool. I love having quick access to my most important Word documents. And once I get everything settled, I'm going to set it up so I have different Wallpapers everyday (an exciting feature I heard about from someone from Giant Bomb). ETA: Snipping Tool and Sticky Notes are also quite cool.

Still, I'm mostly unhappy. I think I'm going to end up like all those Vista complainers a few years ago, because I am so unhappy with this set up. The last transition went much more smoothly. I loved my Vista. :( Why did you have to die, Maggie?

When I talked about Windows 7 with Jill on Thursday, we came to the same conclusion: Windows 7 looks very pretty and approachable, but underneath that, if you actually know what you're doing, it's difficult (if not impossible) to do what you want. Things have been simplified... and not in a good way.

Well, my apologies... I don't like to rant, but sometimes it's called for. I don't mean to offend anyone who likes Windows 7. But so far, the bads are outweighing the goods for me. :/

Courtney: June 9, 2010 ~ Present. ...let's hope we can learn to work together, hm?

I still need to reinstall my Sims 2 and Sims 3. I'm also hoping the tv tuner actually works on this computer, though I've really gotten used to not having it. So, wish me luck?
Tags: rant, tech

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