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My New-ish Computer

So one day last week, while I’m working mind you, the computer on my desktop dies. Just… nothing.

Luckily for me, I know people 😉 so I go to one of the other bazillion computers on campus and put in a help desk call to get someone to look at it for me. I get nicely prompt service and we try as a first step to put the hard drive from my existing computer into a new box.

No joy.

Futzing some more, turns out it’s really the monitor that died. So I get a new, shiny monitor.

Now. For a lot of reasons I’m not going to go into here, I have some security software on my original computer. Security software that kicks in big time when you move the hard drive from the home it knows and loves to a new location. The hard drive is locked down so tightly it basically won’t even boot.

This isn’t a major disaster in the grand scheme of things, mostly a nuisance. Most of my critical files are on my network drive and I’ve got a text file with some uber-necessary URLs that I never remember but need to do my job. Well, I have most of the uber-necessary URLs I find out.


Takes three days of back and forth email with the one security person I need to talk to, to find out that, oops, there’s a known glitch in the software. You can’t get into the locked-down hard drive if your computer has a keyboard connected through a USB port. Which, of course, I have…. Who thought of that? O.o So now the help desk has to sacrifice a virgin video board on the night of a new moon with the proper incantations to get access to the old hard drive to recover the couple of things I’d kind of like back but can live without. I think. But they’re nice people so they’ll be doing that soon. Whenever the next new moon is, anyway.

Along the way, I do the polite “Hey! I’m dead in the water here guys!” to those nice help desk folk so the counter offer is “Since we’re moving to Win 7 and Office 2010, want a computer with that on it?”

Hmmm… so “Sure, I’ll be the guinea pig” and lo and behold, I have a new-ish computer (actually it’s not any newer than my old computer, which, how is that fair?) on my desk and now that I have a new computer is when I start to figure out what’s now missing. Or what works differently.

The good news is that I’ve been messing with Office 2010 and that’s a no-brainer. It’s fully compatible with Office 2007 and the only major different I’ve run across is that the Office Button (the circle thing-y) is changed back to the word “File” on the ribbons. I know there are differences but I haven’t run across anything that’s too different.

I do hate the new keyboard I was given. It’s teenier than the old one, so I’m going to swap that out with my old one next. It’s older and pretty grubby but it’s easier to type on for any length of time.

More stories of Office 2010 and Win 7 as we go along….

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