I have a new computer! A fancy new old computer. I just got it. It’s the newest old computer I’ve ever owned in my life. It’s a Mac: a G4 PowerPC with a nice big monitor and a scanner and a CD burner. I’m working with OS X for the first time and everything is so shiny and big that my eyes almost hurt. But, oh, I love it.
I bought it from the husband of a friend and longtime reader, and for months I’d been planning on buying it with my tax refund and the checks from the various writing jobs I’d done this winter. Then last week, on top of everything, the monitor on my very old machine started popping at me. Every night turned into a game of Monitor Roulette where I’d see how long I could be on the computer before the staticky, screen-wobbling fun started. So that speeded up the process a little bit.
The lovely people who sold me this machine would like you to know they have another, very similar one for sale. If you’re interested email me and I’ll forward it on to them. (We’re all in Illinois, btw.) I can tell you that the software is up-to-date and everything is in great condition and… and pretty… and… just fancy. Fancy is a technical term.