My Computer Addiction Partly Explained

Well sorta… really I just feel like rambling. šŸ™‚ I have talked before about how much I love computers. After all, I do run this blog. I am not exactly sure where this niche came from. It just always seemed to be there.


From the time that my mother put me in computer classes learning BASIC, I was hooked. So now, as an adult, every opp that is thrown at me where I get to play with new computers and related gadgets, I am all over it! And I am bound to be accused of being addicted. Well, what can I say??

My first computer was a Commodore 64. “The Quick Brown Fox Jumped Over Ā The Lazy Dog…” Remember?

I then gotĀ an IBM PS/2 Model 80. Now THAT was a monster tower! That was so heavy I think it could sink a boat. And the specs?? It was a whopping 80MB (yes, megabyte) hard drive, 32mb of RAM, and I think that I had my 9600 baud US Robotics Modem hooked up. I had NO idea what a laptop was at that time. I was just happy as can be with Windows 3.1 and being able to dial in to my BBS and Compuserve to get on the “net” and talk to others.

But now??? I am sitting at my desk surrounded by a desktop (which is currently dead – another post in itself), 2 – 17″ laptops, a 13.3″ laptop, and a 11.6″ netbook. Why?? Well.. it is not *all* my fault. I purchased the desktop about 3.5 years ago. I am actually surprised that I have held on to and been happy with the same desktop all this time! I used to be a compulsive desktop upgrader! That passion moved on to my laptops, which I did sell off and upgrade a couple of times. I purchased my HP laptop a little over a year ago. I’ve been pretty happy with it. I bought my Acer Aspire One 11.6 inch NetBook last December to replace my previous purchase, which was an adorable little pink 8.9″. Ā I recently received a darling red Toshiba 13.3″ Notebook as part of a promotion with AMD. THEN, IĀ receivedĀ this lovely 17.3″ Dell from my new friends at Intel.

Man, had I known over a year ago that people would be giving me beautiful computers, I may have saved my money. šŸ™‚ But, you know what is really pitiful?? I ACTUALLY USE THEM ALL!!! Seriously, isn’t that horrible? And I LOVE them all, and don’t want to part with not one. Each has it moments. I grab one depending on what I am doing. I can admit that I am not married to any one more than the other. Is that weird?? I meanĀ Acer, Dell, HP andĀ Toshiba all make excellent machines and they are all a-ok by me! I know some folks are married to their brands. I used to be that way, but I have broadened my horizons. šŸ™‚Ā I give all my computersĀ distinctiveĀ names. They are connected. They share data. And I can have my own LAN party whenever I want. šŸ™‚

Can you say addiction???

Do you like any one brand better than another?? If so, why?

Kris McDonald is Chicago mom to 2 sets of twins, photography nut, gadget addict, travel addict, and tech blogger who has worked in IT for over 16 years. Kris figured out a while ago that she was destined to be really busy (hence the 2 sets of twins), and she has found peace with that. Read More
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  • Priscilla

    I have gotten an ACER computer before and hated it. had some many problems with it. It was netbook one. It was 400. I loved it at first. Then everything broke on it. It was crap. I gave it up and tossed it. The charger broke in it. ETC> I only had it for about 6 months and no kids. I now have a Toshiba and i would rather another. I would love to try a HP. I hope i to get after the holidays or for the holidays. I REALLY need a great computer for surfing. I rely on it!

    In the end, so far I hate acer, hate it!

  • chris

    I remember when 9600 baud modems came out-I had just upgraded to 2400 baud and thought 9600 was screeeeeeeeeming fast! I thought I was the computer queen, until I tried to install some newfangled software called Windows…lol memory lane, much?!