Most situations are learning opportunities. Do not worry, this is not going to turn into some kind of motivational essay. The fact is that when I came home from hospital I was frustrated by not being able to get back to writing as quickly as possible. One of the reasons for this was that the laptop that I had been using was just too big and heavy. It works well for photograph manipulation and digital art but when you have to keep one leg elevated it just weighed too much. Also, I made the mistake of allowing Microsoft to persuade me to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Before the upgrade the laptop worked great, afterwards it just labours with even the most basic chores. The fault was mine, I should have been stronger, but I made the mistake.
To rectify things I decided to indulge myself and buy a new laptop. Well, really the plan was to by a new PC but my study still only exists in my imagination and I do not yet have the money necessary to purchase the kind of PC that I really want. I decided to get a basic laptop instead. My reason for going basic was practical in that I had a fixed budget of between £300 to £400. Also, I wanted to go smaller than the Behemoth so that it would be easier to carry around. I decided that what I needed was something that I could use mostly for writing. After looking at reviews I settled on the ACER Swift 1. I have to admit that my decision was swayed by the number of students who praised this machine for being light, robust, easy to set up, and easy to use. I was also able to buy it for £330 so it was well within my budget.
It is a basic laptop, there is no doubt about that, but even thought I am new to it I am finding the ACER Swift to be everything the student reviewers said it was. The body is made from metal so it is robust and yet light enough not to be a burden. It sits on my lap comfortably even with one leg elevated. Setting the machine up on first use was a doddle. I am a computer user, not an expert. I have found getting things like email working and connecting to the internet a real trial in the past. With the Swift 1 I just breezed through the process. I have to admit that it was the most painless setting up of a computer that I have ever known.
This is the very first piece that I have written and to be honest I have enjoyed doing it. I am using WPS Writer in preference to Microsoft Word. I was initially delighted to find that Word was included on the laptop but when I opened it Microsoft were waiting for me with a begging bowl. The fact that I already have a paid for version of Word on my other computer does not mean anything, if I wanted to use the one that they had thoughtfully installed on this one for me then I was going to have to pay for the pleasure. Fortunately for me I had discovered WPS Writer earlier and I was already toying with the idea of using it, Microsoft just made my mind up for me. WPS Writer looks so much like Word that I have had no problem finding my way around it.
I feel like I am moving on. My foot is healing, although I did have a setback due to a recent infection, I have a new laptop, and I am able to write again. Also, England are doing well in the World Cup!