Thursday, February 14, 2008

Moving Music and Other Hazards

So yesterday I blew hours of my life on my laptop. Okay, so that is not anything new, look at me now! But yesterday was different because rather than cruising around blogs, I was chained to the fertile ground known as my operating system. I am trying, technological neophyte that I am, to boost my laptop's performance so that I can get another year or two out of my laptop.

If I spend $3,000 (with memory upgrades and Microsoft Office) on a laptop that lasts 5 years, that works out to a cost of $50 a month. Which is easy enough to save for each month in an online savings account, despite Bernanke's love affair with bottom feeding interest rates. Better yet, next time I think I will get a refurbished laptop. I've heard from a fellow Mac addict that Apple replaces the entire innards of their computers when refurbishing-- it costs them less than rooting around for that one thing gone wrong. So if I can bring that number down to $2,000, that's a monthly cost over five years of just a hair above $33. But the trick is to blow your wallet on the original purchase, and have restraint during your laptop's trusty service. And that's the hard part.

I don't buy the new operating systems, so I have Panther, but Tiger and Leopard have skipped right by me. The other day I wanted to download music from Amazon, but I couldn't because I needed at the very least the operating system that came right after mine. So now I'm rethinking my idea not to buy new operating systems. Maybe it would have let my laptop go for six years? Anyway, to make a long story short(er), I decided to move my music library off my laptop and over to an external hard drive. I have over 5,000 songs on my computer. And for some reason, yesterday I poured over 8,000 songs onto the hard drive. More than half my songs duplicated. That will be fun to delete out...

So this will be part of an ongoing series of posts, how to make one of my biggest purchases (face it, I don't lay down a few thousand dollars for one object all that frequently) last as long as possible. And sadly, moving my music library hasn't gone quite as planned. On a theoretical level I don't even understand how my iTunes library works on my laptop in conjunction with the external HD! (sigh)

4 comments:

mfaorbust said...

Well, you know that I'm crazy in love with my refurbed MacBook. And the price for my lovely lady, over five years, comes out to $22.56/month--not shabby.

PiggyBankBlues said...

ohhhh, don't tempt me, don't tempt me!

Ms. M&P said...

wow. i wish i could help you. on a theoretical level, i don't understand how email, computers, or really an electronic device works. i'll be learning with you!

PiggyBankBlues said...

lol, you won't be learning much. i've royally messed up my music, and i've abandoned that project. i have since dumped my photos onto the external hd and hopefully that will help... anything after the manual typewriter is theoretically lost on me. telephones still freak me out.