I Can See my Desktop

For the first time in a long time, I can see my desktop. The physical one, that is. Gone is the clutter of a computer tower and bulky monitor. In its place is a sleek Chromebook boasting of a 9-hour battery life. #1 son likes it so much I was having to take a tour of the house to find where he left it last. Now that the Windows desktop unit is gone, the desk can be the home base for the new device.

Yes, I’m making the move away from Windows. I am not moving to a Mac. Our computer home use is primarily web-based now. News, Facebook, shopping, banking, videos, and of course, blogging make the majority of our activity. Almost everything we use a computer for is online. In the past, I had built complex spreadsheets, the kids built school presentations and wrote papers. Now that they are done with school, no more of that goes on.

The time seemed right for us to migrate to a web-access appliance. That is how I view the Chromebook. It has everything I need to get online and do my stuff. Google apps can open my archived files and allow me to make changes. I did not go all the way to the cloud with everything yet. My files and pictures are on a removable USB hard drive. I can access them when needed and disconnect otherwise. Good enough.

Today, I finished erasing the old computer’s hard drive and will completely demolish it physically before disposal. Goodbye Windows (3.1, 95, 98, 95 again, XP, and 7). I am not sticking around for 10.

What’s messier right now — your bedroom or you computer’s desktop (or your favorite device’s home screen)? Tell us how and why it got to that state.

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