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New computer and faster internet

June 28th, 2010 at 04:55 pm

Ok, this entry is NOT about saving money. It is about spending plain and simple. Our 6-year-old iMac has gotten incredibly slow. I think the last couple of software updates really did it in. It had gotten to the point of being almost unusable at times. Also, we have had Verizon DSL for years and from time to time, the service would be very undependable but lately it has gotten really bad. We never knew from day to day or hour to hour if we'd have internet access. As I'm sure you all understand, we depend on our net access a great deal at this point for all kinds of reasons from financial stuff like home banking to entertainment like streaming movies from Netflix to making travel arrangements to DD doing school assignments. Having access that we can't depend on just is no longer acceptable in 2010.

So... we are now the proud owners of a brand new 21.5" iMac and Comcast cable internet with a wireless network. The computer is beautiful, the screen is huge and the processor is way, way faster than the old one. And the internet access is now 3 times faster than the DSL and, I anticipate, much more reliable.

Oh, my wife also got her iPhone last week, so we now have 2 iPhones, an iPod touch, a netbook, a laptop and a desktop on the network. On the phones, the new cable hook up is superfast. On DSL or 3G, there was a very noticeable delay when checking email or viewing a website. Now, it is instantaneous. I literally hooked it up 10 minutes ago but I'm already loving it.

7 Responses to “New computer and faster internet”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Have you gotten the idea that spending is always bad? I sort of feel that way sometimes and feel guilty when I do buy something.

    Congrats on the new computer. It sure makes doing stuff a lot more fun when it doesn't take forever, doesn't it?

  2. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Congrats on the new computer!

  3. disneysteve Says:

    Rob, no I don't think spending is always bad. Not at all. I've said many times that as long as our basic needs are being met and our savings goals are being attended to, I really don't care how the rest of our money gets spent. We travel. We dine out. We have nice things and our share of toys. I'm okay with that.

  4. dmontngrey Says:

    For the record: you'll never catch me calling my Comcast internet "reliable"! I had to work from home yesterday and the internet crashed at least 20 times in the first couple of hours. The rest of the day it was relatively stable.

  5. disneysteve Says:

    dmontngrey, I'm hoping it is a lot more reliable than the DSL. I think the problem with that was that we live in an old house and it runs over the phone lines so any little bit of interference would mess with the signal. At least the cable lines are all new. We just got cable TV a couple of years ago. We have cable internet at my office and it virtually never goes out

  6. Jerry Says:

    I love my MacBook and will gladly purchase another one when this one dies (assuming it's after my AppleCare insurance expires). I have been thinking that we need a desktop and was hoping that the Apple ones lead to similar reliability... sounds like they do! Enjoy the new toys...

  7. disneysteve Says:

    Jerry, we are on our 4th Apple desktop. The 3 previous ones all still work but just can't keep up with current demands. Once I transfer the files I need to transfer, I will set up the immediate past iMac in our family room as a second computer as it still runs fine. I just need to clear a bunch of stuff off the hard drive so that it runs faster.

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