Yesterday afternoon the winds suddenly picked up and began blowing the tree branches wildly. Whereas that morning all had been quiet and still as could be, it was like the heavens opened up and released a torrent of rage.
I watched from the patio door as rain began to pour down. I kept my gardener’s eye on my plants.
The branches from the tree that overhangs my fence were sweeping down so low I was afraid my plants underneath would be harmed. But after about an hour, things calmed down.
Today it is overcast and I don’t know about the forecast because I haven’t looked.
Yesterday my laptop started giving me problems. I had the Cox remote tech (I pay Cox Cable each month for this service) connect to my laptop to take a look at it. He said it was not a software problem, but a hardware problem. They can’t help you with hardware problems remotely.
He told me to check and see if I’d had it a year yet. I looked at my records and the laptop passed the one year mark in June. Geez Louise.
I’ve tried Dell, Asus, Toshiba and this one is a Lenovo Ideapad. I don’t spend a ton of money (under $1000) on them because they rarely last 2-3 years. Is that my problem? Am I not spending enough?
So I got online (while I can) and started searching for best laptops for 2018. Oddly enough it seems that Lenovo is at the top. Maybe I just got a lemon?
I am picky about a few things. I do not like touch screens. If I went to the electronics section of a store today, I would mostly find touch screen laptops. Everyone seems to want touch screen everything. Everyone but me.
Not only are these considered inferior laptops from what I’ve read, but it takes a lot of power to enable that touch screen, which brings with it more problems.
I am old school. I hate the look of any screen with finger smudges on it. It would drive me crazy.
I don’t play games on my computer. In fact I delete the ones already installed. I use a computer for my work, to catch up on news, and to browse.
Here are my requirements:
At laptop with at least a 15 inch screen.
I like a backlit keyboard. I sit in a relatively dark room during the summer to keep it cooler in here. So I have to have a backlit keyboard.
Also, the last three laptops before this one had a circular port where you plug the electric cord into the computer when the battery gets low. And every one of mine wore out in that spot and the connector would no longer stay in. Thus I could not rejuice the battery.
I might have gotten more out of the last few laptops had I been able to stay connected to that port. But when it goes bad, it won’t stay in and connect. The hole I suppose gets bigger from use.
So after a time I’d push it in and it would just fall back out. That or it wasn’t connecting snugly. In which case you can’t get electricity to the laptop.
The one thing I like about this Lenovo is that it has a rectangular port instead of a round one, and it fits well. Most of the laptops I see have a round port.
However, if the hardware is going to go out on me in just over a year, that does not bode well because the computer will not be working whether I have it hooked up or not.
So, I need a laptop that’s at least 15 inches, because I already have to toggle the font on the screen 125% to read. No touch screen. A backlit keyboard. And no circular port to plug in the cord to the laptop for more battery time. Which I have to do every hour or so.
It doesn’t seem to matter how much battery life a laptop brand boasts that theirs has, it never seems to last more than an hour or so for me.
Many keep pushing me toward a Mac, but they’re so expensive. Especially when you get to the 15 inch size. And what if I went into debt to buy it and it went out on me in 1-3 years? Maybe before I even got it paid off?
I’ve lived in this apartment over 4 years, and I think in that time I’ve bought three laptops.
I don’t know the answer to this dilemma. The tech guy I talked to on the phone yesterday said he preferred desk top computers. I used to own a desk top computer.
But after the ankle accident, I have to keep my right leg elevated or the ankle begins to throb. So I sit on this couch with my feet on the ottoman.