image from Google search, CrazyEngineers.com

My computer has been being a pain. I did a format and reinstall earlier this year, but it never really recovered to it’s former glory. It’s an Asus Transformer All-in-One. As you can see from the photo to the right. It’s a great computer, great concept, though lacked in real portability, and a screen that could not be seen outside. An 18″ Android tablet that connects to a Windows base station, via wi-fi and SpashTop. But it’s been being problematic, taking an hour to boot, several times in the past few weeks I’ve had to run recovery/restore, and programs take far too long to load. So, I’m finally saying goodbye to DATA (Dan’s Asus Transformer All-in-one; pretty clever, I thought, for a Trekie).

 

image from Amazon

So, I’ve bought a new transforming laptop. An Acer Spin 3. It’s a 15.6″ full-HD touch screen laptop that folds over to be a tablet. Though I really enjoyed the 18″ touchscreen of the Asus, and laptop that size would be crazy expensive, and money is much shorter for this purchase than it was when I got the $1200 Asus (I’m glad we bought it when we did, it was $370ish at time of purchase, now Amazon lists it for $499! #Crazy)(wow, did I really just use a hashtag in a WordPress post??? Kill me now). The guts of the laptop include anĀ Intel Core i3@2.3GHz, 6GB DDR4 RAM, a 1TB HDD, and Windows 10. It is a downgrade in stats from the Asus (and yes, I consider Win10 to be a downgrade from Win7), but to have a truly portable computer will be nice.

 

I also decided it was time to upgrade my old SATA 2TB drive before it dies, so I bought a Seagate 4TP external. Lots of copying of files to do! Currently copying over my photos since 2010, over 500GB, from the Asus internal drive. Then will have to copy the backups from the 2TB external, which goes back to 2000. Then music, 100GB, and my writing projects, which are another couple hundred gigabytes (maps and inspiration ideas)(I’d share the link to the website I have my writing, but I recently accidentally deleted the wrong database on my webserver and lost it all, luckily it’s all on my computer, but going to be a lot of work to get the website back up).

 

So, unfortunately, progress on this website is slowed for the time being. Not like it really matters as I don’t have much traffic, and it’s extremely rare that I’ve made a sale. I’m hoping when I get all my products up, I’ll make at least some sales. It’s tough being a photographer with mild autism and epilepsy preventing being able to really get out and do what is necessary to actually make money with photography. I need to devote more time to my writing also, if I ever “finish” that, it will certainly make more than I ever could from my photos. Look out Rowling and Martin, here comes Williams!

 

For the time being, may the chaos of your existence be beneficial.

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