Moving To New Computer

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I finally had to break down and get a new computer recently. This means taking my old files and stuff and finding a way to get them to the new machine. That part went smoothly. I planned ahead.

Still, I had to resist the urge to delete a bunch of stuff. The urge to delete what I’ve written is a symptom of a depressive episode. I have to find things to distract me from actually going through with it.

The move to the new computer wasn’t easy. I don’t like change. I feel like I’m abandoning my old machine (it doesn’t care that I’m upgrading, but that’s why I’m taking the crazy pills and it isn’t). More than that, I’m frustrated at how long signup processes are these days.

Microsoft requires me to do everything except provide a blood sample. I had to opt out of a whole bunch of stuff.* Every time I open up a new application, Microsoft reminds me that I’m not giving it permission to mine and sell my data. It does this in the most passive-aggressive way possible.

I’m finding it difficult to avoid letting my mind get out of control on this. Frustration can turn into anxiety and depression in a heartbeat. All I’m receiving is validation that change is scary and bad and awful, no matter how minuscule it is. Because really, I don’t have to get out of sorts with all of this.

My computer is becoming a source of stress in my life, which will affect my mood around it. Too much stress, and I’ll start avoiding it again.

*These are “negative options” in legal speak. Usually a person has to say or do something to get a service or hold an offer open. Negative options give you something automatically and force you to say no to it. They’ve become industry standard for a ton of things because it lets companies establish a contract relationship without much effort. I’d go more into it later, but I don’t want to depress everyone more than normal during the holidays.

5 thoughts on “Moving To New Computer

  1. I fucking hate Microsoft.

    In the long run having a newer computer will help you, but setting it up can be a long frustrating demoralizing bitch. I feel like this might be a good metaphor for life, or something.

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  2. When I got my new computer a couple of years back, I pretty much “hid” anything to do with Microsoft. I don’t use their browser, I don’t use their email, I don’t use Cortana … so I essentially took them off the menu and said Bye-Bye. Of course, they’re still resting/hiding in the works, but out of sight, out of mind.

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  3. I’m mainly a linux person.

    I do have Windows 7 on my laptop. And I have Windows 8.1 on this desktop. But Windows 10 is a step too far. I am staying as far away from that as I can.


  4. The issue of Microsoft acting as “Big Brother” was probably the trigger that caused me to take the leap from Windows to an open source operating system. That was around 2006, although I was dual booting between Windows and alternatives for some time before that.

    At the time, it was a steep learning curve in relation to the desktop interface, but I had the advantage of having had a career in IT until 1999 supporting many operating systems including various versions of Windows, MS-DOS, UNIX, NetWare, OS/2, PICK, CP/M, TMX, IMOS and VRX among many others. I appreciate that leap to an open source OS is much bigger than a great many people are comfortable with, even though alternatives to Windows are now as easy as (or easier than) installing Windows.

    The last time I bought a brand new computer was in 1995. It’s either been upgrading old hardware or purchasing secondhand equipment, and I tend to upgrade/replace about every five years. Machines that struggle to run the latest version of Windows with only 3 or 4 applications open at once really fly with 12 or more applications running on 8 virtual desktops on 2 screens under Xubuntu.

    For me, a change of hardware simply requires an automated installation of the OS followed by a restore of my most recent (daily) backup and that’s all. It’s as if nothing has changed.

    Mind you, the dislike I developed for Microsoft and Windows has now largely been replaced by a dislike of Google and Android, and for very much the same reasons. Unfortunately as yet there’s no viable alternative that I’m aware of.

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  5. Seeing where Microsoft was headed, I said goodbye to Windows around the time XP service pack 3 was released. I moved to Linux and after a time of frustration and learning it has proved to be a real liberation. There no longer is any Windows machine in the house.

    Distrust of Google and other “free” cloud services lead me to Nextcloud. I have written several posts about that cloud solution. The most interesting post for you may be this one:
    Not trying to plug my blog, just hoping to inform you.

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