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May 9th, 2011


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09:11 am - Changing the Paradigm
A note before we start: am v.v. slow to adopt new things. V.v.v. slow. Molasses has time for a brisk run around the block and a cooldown before I change my ways.

A second note, digressive: in fact, molasses could probably beat me at *actual* running, as well as a metaphorical jog. This digression is brought to you by my tortoisal two-mile effort this morning in the grey haze.

A third note, yet more digressive: 'tortoisal' should totally be a word.

Anyhoo!

This weekend I bought a proper laptop, and once it returns from the loving hands of the tech who's setting it up for me, it will become my primary computer. Yes, after years and years I am finally surrendering the desktop.

This is gonna change everything. [/breathless action-movie promo voice]

For a decade or so, my desktop has been almost always on when I'm at home. I could get sucked into the internet for hours and hours, in manner of time-portal or similar: I'd sit down to check my email and then wake up three hours later, having read twice every blog known to humankind. Refresh refresh refresh, that was my mantra.

The laptop? Not so much.

I understand the lure of sitting-on-the-couch surfing, etc, but it's not for me. (I so vastly prefer to use a mouse rather than a touch pad, I can't tell you.) What I've seen even in the past day -- my desktop being at the tech guys', I've been using my backup aged laptop -- is that I use the internet in discrete, fairly short units every couple of hours. This has led to things like Fabuloso-ing* three rooms in my house yesterday afternoon and a resulting allergy attack, so it's not all joy, but still. My paradigm is changing.

*For reasons too complicated to mention, when I clean my floors with Fabuloso!, I do it on my hands and knees. It's sport-housecleaning.

How do you use the internet? What's your paradigm?

May your day be full of good routines and new joys!
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From:mamculuna
Date:May 9th, 2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
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Very much like you--the desktop is the one I can stay with all day, the laptop not so much. But if I plug in a mouse, and even maybe a keyboard, and put the laptop on the desk....then it's both. However, I use the mouse so very much that I'm always having physical problems that I don't get with the laptop pad--maybe because I don't use it as much.

I've been thinking about going the one-computer route for a while. Both of mine are getting old, but functioning. I inherited a fair old Mac laptop and already had a PC desktop, so I've been going back and forth. Some things work the same on both, but there's a certain amount of mental shift required. I think I'd be happy to be in the same world all the time.

Hope your new laptop brings you joy!
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From:laurawise
Date:May 9th, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
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I suspect that moving from keyboard to laptop will affect my wrists a bit, to be honest. But we will persevere. :-)

I think I'll now start saving for a netbook for travel (I bought a v.v. big-screen laptop because it'll be my primary one...). But the allure of one computer only is strong!

[hugs]
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From:cindergal
Date:May 9th, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
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How do you use the internet?

Way too much. I really must shift my paradigm. (I am the opposite - I would use if far less if I gave up my laptop and used the desktop instead - alas, so not going to happen).

Discipline, I lack it. :-)
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From:laurawise
Date:May 9th, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
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I have no discipline myself -- the change in habits is more because I am neurotic. (No news there. [grin])

Hugs today, C!
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From:anne_d
Date:May 9th, 2011 03:11 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations on your new acquisition! I'll be interested to see if your internetting habits change once you get used to it.

How do I use the internet? When I get the chance (between daughters), I check the emails, I read the blogs, I have to drag myself away from the computer. It's a time sink, I'm afraid, but it's also, some days, my only contact with other humans. I need to get out more.

Edited at 2011-05-09 03:15 pm (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:May 9th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
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I know what you mean about connection with others -- on weekends the computer is often it. [nods]

Hugs and good cheer today!
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From:stateless82
Date:May 9th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
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yay for new paradigms and three rooms cleaned in one day! That's impressive.

I'm definitely one of the sitting-on-the-sofa-surfing people, but I have to have a mouse. The touch pad makes me slightly nuts.

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From:laurawise
Date:May 9th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
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I think I must have a Thing about Desks. I can't write on a kitchen table, either.

[shakes head sadly at self]

But happy Monday, S, happy happy day!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:May 9th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
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Me, totally hooked, so that the desktop is on at all times. the laptop used to be available for mobile surfing, but B has taken it over so now I have the iPad handy for checking email, knitting patterns and the blogs at a moment's notice.

In other words, I appear to mainline the internet. (I can also use the iPhone if the power goes out...)

Enjoy the new technology!
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From:laurawise
Date:May 9th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
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Heeee. I may well be that way soon. ;-)

Yay for you, ALH, yay for you!
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From:paratti
Date:May 9th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
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Wishes you a happy primary laptoppping.
I adore mine.

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:May 9th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
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A laptop would seem to be ideal for your space, L. [nods]

Hugs and cheers for your Monday!
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From:headrush100
Date:May 9th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
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Oh my gosh, the internet is such a blessing and a curse, and more than either of those, it is a massive great black hole of a time suck. One link leads to another, hours and hours go by, and it's not good - I have to do what I need to do and STEP AWAY, not get lured into family history (that's worst of all), or blog reading. But it's hard.

Good luck with your new resolution!

**hugs-pats**
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From:laurawise
Date:May 9th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
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Well, since there are now connectivity issues with the new laptop, it's easier to step away than I would perhaps want. ;-)

Anyhoo, HI, A, and hugs and good cheer!
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From:headrush100
Date:May 10th, 2011 12:03 pm (UTC)
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Oh no, not the dreaded connectivity issues! Hope they get resolved soonest.

*hugs* and good connections!
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:May 9th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
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These days I have the laptop and my netbook on any time that I stay still.

It means I can multitask so much more easily.

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From:laurawise
Date:May 9th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
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You ARE a multitasker! :-)

Happy beginning of the week, too.
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From:janus_74
Date:May 9th, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
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Even when we had a laptop it stayed on the desk, so for me it doesn't matter much. But I agree on the mouse vs. track pad thing...never did get used to them, and forget about playing games with it :)
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From:laurawise
Date:May 10th, 2011 10:32 am (UTC)
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Yes! One more vote for computers staying on desks. :-))

Happy Tuesday, T!
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From:gwynnega
Date:May 10th, 2011 04:29 am (UTC)
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When I'm at the office, I'm online all day long on my desktop (my work module is web-based too). At home I'm online for shorter periods these days (on both laptop and desktop)!
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From:laurawise
Date:May 10th, 2011 10:31 am (UTC)
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Yes, at work I'm on the desktop ALL DAY. [nods]

My issue now is that my saved email didn't get transferred to the new laptop, and... this is a problem. SIGH. Why must technology torture me?

I hope your Tuesday is a MUCH better day than mine looks like, Gwynne. :-)
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From:laurawise
Date:May 10th, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
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You're describing the me-that-was! I'll be curious to see how my life changes now. :-)

Yay coffee and desktops and you, L. [hugs]

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