By Eric on May 4, 2011 12

R.I.P. PC

Acronym-mania in that title, huh?

On Saturday, April 30, Kels and I said goodbye to a longtime friend, our PC. Our relationship was up and down and by no means perfect. In fact, it was mostly a take relationship on our part. We did a terrible job of giving love to her, and, frankly, I’m surprised she lasted as long as she did.

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The PC was a Christmas gift from my dad and stepmom in 2003 when I transferred from NIACC to Simpson. Seven and a half years was a pretty good run. Other than upgrading the RAM and getting a flat screen monitor to save desk space, I hadn’t spent any money on her.

I’ve been wanting a new Mac for a while. It seemed like the perfect fit as I delve into the realm of photography and also try to stay on the edge of coolness. (We also have a Macbook that we purchased three years ago. We call her Maxine.)

But, we came to the conclusion a few months ago that we wouldn’t buy a new computer until the PC breathed it’s last breath. Kels was using it as her main blogging machine and, because of how slow it was running, we were not sure how much time we had left. But we agreed that when it came time to buy a new one, it would be a Mac.

(Kels actually had to hold me back quite a few times when I would convince her to visit the Apple store with me. Remember what I told you about accountability?)

For a full week, we couldn’t believe that PC was completely dead, though, so we called in a “doctor” to confirm. Dr. Kyle was a part of the youth group I led for four years, and has now become our IT consultant. He is helping us get our home office set up for maximum blogging/photography efficiency. We basically have no idea what we are doing when it comes to storing files and organizing our hardware, so he is graciously offering his advice on what we need in order to be set up properly.

Back to the funeral of the PC. She was gone. We had recently backed up all our files, so we hadn’t lost anything. We  moved pretty quickly through the stages of grief as we realized this meant we got to take a trip to the Apple store. It’s like a super expensive candy store for me. We thought about another laptop. Or an iPad. I would buy it all if money in fact grew on trees. We decided on the 21.5″ iMac.

After two years of hard work and second jobs, we don’t have any consumer debt and had enough money saved up for it. This purchase hindered our savings goal for the month, but when you are debt-free this type of thing becomes a minor inconvenience rather than a full-blown financial disaster. Thanks, Dave Ramsey!

We are excited about the new addition to our family. That week when we had to share one laptop while writing two blogs was challenging. (As our friend Chris would say, these are First World problems.) Of course, since we love nicknames, we had to name our new friend, right? We decided on Maverick the iMac (it’s a healthy 20-pound boy). My mom says this is not the grandchild she was expecting…

So, who gets to use Maverick? We are going to share him, and I actually haven’t even touched it yet. I’m kind of scared. I like familiar and trusty Maxine. Kels is used to the iMac because she has one at work. And, we are discovering that most everything I touch, I break, so I’m nervous…

P.S. Yesterday, three days after we bought Maverick, they came out with a new version of the iMac. We went to the Apple store and they exchanged it for Maverick 2.0, no questions asked. Apple is awesome!

Eric

Husband to Kelsey. Father to Rooney. Follower of Jesus. Born and raised in Iowa. I like blogging. Bulleted lists excite me. Thanks for stopping by.

  1. We have a serious computer addiction in my house- and by we I mean Mark. I have my pink Dell laptop (picked for it’s color of course!) that I’ve used for about 4 years now. We upgraded it from Vista to Windows 7 and it’s a dream. Mark on the other hand has a mssive desktop (with 2- 22″ widescreen monitors) for “gaming” even though he plays stopped playing video games a few years ago. He also has a laptop, a netbook, and our TV computer which is hooked to the TV for streaming Hulu and Netflix. I’m considering an intervention for him……

    As much as I love Apple products, I am quite happy with my PC. The only thing I’m saving for is a matching pink Dell netbook for more portability. What can I say, even my electronics are accessories :)

    • That is serious Cathy!! We did buy a couple adaptors to hook up our laptop to our PC monitor and another so we can hook up to our TV. Our next step is going to be canceling cable…. It’s scary though…

  2. Hurray for new electronics! You are right, purchases like this are more fun when they are not a financial disaster :)

  3. EXCELLENT CHOICE! So glad they made the upgrade exchange too. When I saw that Apple email about the new iMac, I immediately thought of you guys. Gotta love the customer service those guys put out!

    Perhaps Kelsey can gently walk you thru your first time with Maverick to avoid any disasters ;-)

    • I know. It’s like changing a diaper for the first time probably (I don’t know too much about this), but I would imagine it can be pretty messy if you arn’t careful… Kels is going to give me tutorial sometime.

  4. I have to say …you two crack me up!!! It is so fun to keep up with you! I just love your real life stories!

  5. weird. i think sometimes we live parallel lives with you two. we decided it was time for our desktop to go last night. it was bought in august of 2002 (when i started college) and has gloriously kept chugging along the past few years with no major issues. our major complaint was that it was slow, but we decided slowness wasn’t an excuse for a new computer at this time. for the past week or so weird things have been happening and we decided it was time to make the switch. we did a final back-up of all the files yesterday and plan to unhook the beast this weekend and set up our new laptop in its place. :-)

  6. Eric– Don’t be scared about pulling the plug on cable. Nathan and I have never had cable while we’ve been together, and we didn’t even get network stations until a few months ago. You can do it. I think we’ll get Netflix now that we’re giong back to no channels now in Williamsburg.
    If you want to do the math on it… If hooked up to cable when we first lived together and continued up until now we would have spent $2120 on the cable bill-it all adds up. (I don’t even know what cable costs per month, so I estimated $40 per month-I think many people probably pay closer to $80.)

    • Thanks for the encouragement Andrea! I think we are going cancel soon. I’ll do the math over the years as I think it’s probably even higher than $80 a month. Yikes! I’m sure it will be refreshing to see how much we will save in the future.

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