Martin D. Goodkin


Martin D. Goodkin
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Computing & Technology > New Computer

New Computer

I learned the hard way! Opened a Pay Pal email as I was expecting a payment from one of my sites--not much--only about $6---and that is the only time I use that site! I failed to notice it was addressed to Dear Customer instead of my by name and the computer died on me!! Spent all week pricing computer desk tops and finally found one for $400+ at Best Buy where I can charge it for 12 payments without any interest and 'bought' it. Before I bought it I had a computer guy who I know through another resident here and he came over looked at my old one and said MS 10 was DEAD! He tried a few virus programs and other things but he couldn't get it going. He did say he could uninstall Windows 10 and reinstall it but couldn't guarantee it would work so off I went to get the new desk top tower It is the second picture--wider, shorter and much lighter than the one I had but still needs a few millions wires--ARGH! In any case I spent the weekend getting familiar with the new one, resetting this and that plus it seems Microsoft is sort of blackmailing their customers--you no longer can use Word/Office 2007 or anything else but their NEW software, costing a minimum of $8.75 A MONTH which means there goes the over 500 documents I saved but, unknowingly, I had saved most of them in/on 2 NON-Microsoft sites. Oh well an expensive lesson to learn but from now on I will certainly be sure my email is safe before I open it and most businesses will be deleted! Okay, I have to go and rearrange my computer corner and those wires!!

posted on Sept 15, 2019 2:52 PM ()


It is a nightmare that we will all have to face. I can't imagine life
without a computer and I don't like the lap tops either.
comment by elderjane on Sept 16, 2019 6:47 AM ()
I don't want a computer I can take to bed with me!!!
reply by greatmartin on Sept 16, 2019 9:23 AM ()
I buy my computers refurbished through Amazon. The one I'm using now has 8.1 and although Microsoft tried for months to get me to upgrade I wouldn't do it. It is a 64 bit machine tho so it's new enough not to be compatible whith most of my old programs but it the time I bought it it was too late to get windows XP.
Use an email program that previews the message before you open it. Hopefully the new machine came with one of those. I hate getting a new machine. Good luck.
comment by jjoohhnn on Sept 16, 2019 6:45 AM ()
I'm always hesitant about getting anything refurbished--including partners!!!
reply by greatmartin on Sept 16, 2019 9:24 AM ()
RE: getting to page one of 108 - I don't see a way around it. It's the same as trying to see more than 5 or so messages at a time in the In Box - have to delete what's visible to get to the earlier ones.
comment by traveltales on Sept 16, 2019 5:24 AM ()
Wasn't Dottie also having problems with Windows 10 recently? Seems like some kind of Windows 10 crash epidemic. We are using fairly old PCs so we don't have to use Microsoft's latest. One of these days we'll be forced to deal with it.
comment by traveltales on Sept 15, 2019 7:08 PM ()
Is there anyway to get to the first page of my posts without going 1 page at a time?? It says I have 108 pages but can only click on 1 page at a time! Any suggestions?
reply by greatmartin on Sept 15, 2019 8:19 PM ()
If you use Word and/or Office you now have to pay for it!! That's Microsoft now.
reply by greatmartin on Sept 15, 2019 8:05 PM ()
Ask some computer people you trust about LibreOffice. It is a substitute for Microsoft Office and is free. It has been around for years; I use it on Macs to be able to read Windows files. It's available at

It just might be possible to open those old files of yours, too. I'm not sure. I know, though, you are not going to want to risk a new computer until you get good information.
comment by drmaus on Sept 15, 2019 6:36 PM ()
Slight mistake--it says 5,378 articles and I want to get to the first!!!
reply by greatmartin on Sept 15, 2019 8:43 PM ()
I'll give it a look. I have over 2,165 documents but I will have to see what's here at mybloggers!!
reply by greatmartin on Sept 15, 2019 8:06 PM ()

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