It is Sunday evening the 28th as I sit down to write this. I am sure we have all experienced various happenings in our lives which take up away/keep us from being able to do other things we would like to be doing. Indeed … other things we would prefer to be doing. That certainly has been happening to me lately. I have not been able to ride my trike for three days now and tomorrow isn’t looking too promising either. Obviously having a working computer is essential in my life. I could not be involved with this blog without one. I have been having some major computer issues in my life lately. All of my computers are old as computers go. My best computer has developed some major problems with hardware failure. Sometimes it works okay for awhile but it freezes up constantly and has to be rebooted frequently. I have to “hard boot it” which I don’t like doing as it can and eventually does mess something up so that it won’t boot up at all. That happened and it became apparent it was time for a new computer. So yesterday my wife, her nephew and wife and I went computer shopping. We were quite disappointed to find out lots has changed with computers. Most of them can not be modified anymore. A simple thing like changing the hard drive can’t be done. Also most stores we checked are out of stock or the store does not stock what we were looking for. We were told we would have to order it online or that their store didn’t even have it available … that we would have to go directly to the manufacturer’s website to order it. We were quite disappointed and frustrated but I suggested stopping at one more store and low and behold they had what we were looking for and it was on sale at a very low price. So I grabbed it while I could.
Now I have used Linux Mint operating system for a long time. I was so glad to get away from Microsoft Windows. There is very little about Windows that I missed … mostly third party software that was not available to run on Linux. It is nearly impossible to find a new computer with a Linux operating system. Everything is Windows 10 and I loathe Windows 10. It is the worst operating system Windows has come out with yet in my opinion. I find it very user unfriendly and difficult to navigate. Many of the changes that have been made are downright idiotic. I started out using Windows 95 and to this day I still think it was the best operating system Microsoft ever produced as far as being sensible in the way it was designed. It was a lot easier to use in many ways. XP and Vista remained fair but once they got to Windows 7 they had ruined their operating system in my opinion. And, of course, Windows 8 was horrible. Anyway, this new computer I have has Windows 10 on it and I hate it. I had every intention of installing Linux Mint 20 on it either alongside of Windows 10 or on the second hard drive this new computer has. However I discovered that Linux Mint 20 won’t run on this Intel I5 processor. So I am stuck with only Windows 10 for now. It is maddening. I am not sure if I will keep this computer or not. Of course, I can’t open it up without voiding the warranty and I don’t think it would do any good anyway. One thing I may be able to do is install an earlier version of Linux Mint as I think it will run ok on this processor. Hopefully tomorrow I will give it a go. Of course, that will mean day 4 with no trike riding … very unusual for me.
Today, Monday the 29th, as I continue to write this it is cold and snowing (sometimes raining) so once again riding my trike has been denied me even if I was not working on my computer. And tomorrow, Tuesday the 30th is another snow day so I may not get out riding again until Wednesday, Dec. 1st. I guess I will survive but I certainly am not used to going this long without being able to get out and ride.
So anyway what I am trying to say is we can have various kinds of interruptions in our lives which prevent us from doing those things we would prefer to be doing. Of course, I am sure you knew that. I really want to
… KEEP ON TRIKIN!
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