The New Computer

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After 6 years on the same computer, my wife decided to buy a new one. Not because she wanted to. It was because the old one was acting up. I don't believe most people relish the thought of buying a new computer. There is so much to do to them before they work like we want them to.

Many (Smart) folks take their new, still-in-the-box computers directly to a computer guru and tell them to make it work. These people have a lot of good sense. Others, like myself and my wife, tackle the job ourselves. Sometimes it even works.

So, we spent the entire weekend trying to make the new computer work. It drives me crazy how non-intuitive these machines still are. We spent about an hour just looking for an adapter to put on the cord from the monitor so that it would fit the computer. Why don't all machines and monitors now a days use a universal plug?

We are still stumped trying to get the HP computer to talk to the HP printer. They were probably made in the same plant, why wont they talk to each other? I am sure that after more time has passed, everything will be sorted out, and my wife will be happy with the new machine.

I think buying a home is a bit like buying a new computer. When looking for either one, you have nothing but questions. How many bedrooms do you really need? Does it have a man cave? Can I get by with less than a Terabyte drive? Inquiring minds want to know!

In either case, having a trusted adviser at your side can make either purchase so much easier. So, with your next computer, get a pro to help you set it up. With your next home purchase, give den Boer Homes a call. 

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Rainmaker
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Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Timely post for me since I just purchased a new computer 2 weeks ago. I certainly used a pro to help get it running - no "FSBO" for me!

Nov 13, 2017 10:38 AM #10
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
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You need the right driver for your HP printer. With a Mac, it sets up automatically. Well, there is also Bonjour, but I think if you go to the HP website, put in your model of the printer, it will let you download the driver for your computer.

All the wiring connectivity changed in computers, too, so you will need adapters, most likely, to plug other things into it.

Nov 13, 2017 11:22 AM #11
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Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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I wish my computer gurus were nearby so they could do the hands-on things with my computers. Alas - they are not.

I saw a new business in our small town so thought I'd go see if they could update my son's laptop for us. I got there at 3 in the afternoon and was greeted by a very polite young man - of about 12 years of age.

I told him what I needed and he said I should come back another day. The technicians were only in from 10 to 2.

I decided that wasn't the kind of guru I was hoping for.

Nov 13, 2017 01:10 PM #12
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Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
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Computer pros are a lifesaver in almost any computer situation. Thanks for sharing!

Nov 13, 2017 03:57 PM #13
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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team - Dallas, TX
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We've all been through the technology trials Peter den Boer   and you did a great tie-in to our industry with your post!

Nov 13, 2017 05:58 PM #14
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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

My former guru  graduated from law school and no longer is available.  I am due for a new computer soon! Uggg.

Nov 13, 2017 06:01 PM #15
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Eva B. Liland with Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
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I really like the analogy that you described. I did most of the IT stuff myself but ended up bringing it in to work for the fine-tuning to our IT Specialist.

Nov 14, 2017 12:27 AM #16
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

When I finally switched to a Mac, it was the simplest set-up process ever. In about 2 minutes I was working, connected to the Internet, connected to the wireless printer, and happy as can be. I never had to open my old computer to do anything. 

Nov 14, 2017 05:17 AM #17
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John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I just got a new laptop. It has Windows 10, which I had not used. I had to install and set up Microsoft Office. I had to sync my accounts. 

What I thought would be a simple matter took hours and some of those hours were very frustrating.

Your tie in to our business became very vivid to me. There are experts out there that will do our job for us with much less frustration and time.

Thanks

Nov 14, 2017 06:53 AM #18
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Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Winter Haven, FL
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Once I switched to Mac, I have not had any problems since the switch. Your mileage may vary.  Best of luck. 

Nov 14, 2017 07:35 AM #19
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Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
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That's the entire reason that Apple and Macintosh computers came into being.  They touted themseles as the "Computers for the rest of us".

I recently bought a new imac desktop computer for my office and one of my PC colleagues was there when I set it up on my desk.  I took it out of the box... attached all the cables, and plugged it into the power, and turned it on.

She was amazed... "That's all it takes??".... yep, that's all it takes. Macs are "plug and play".

Nov 14, 2017 08:43 AM #20
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Luke Acree
ReminderMedia - King of Prussia, PA
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Sometimes it makes sense to use cloud services so your work/contacts are never anchored to a single machine.

Nov 14, 2017 08:54 AM #21
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Have to agree that I am also not looking forward to getting a new one.

Nov 14, 2017 10:10 AM #22
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Love your post. After a number of years we are so used to the way our computer feels, and reacts, a new computer takes getting used to. My wife's most often asked question is why do I constantly need to update my computer. I just moved her over to an old computer of mine which I had dropped and did not want to risk carrying around with me. I loved that computer and so far so does she. There are so many things which are painful to purchase, homes, cars and computers and all need a trusted adviser to help you through the process.

Nov 14, 2017 12:38 PM #23
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Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
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Another analogy could be getting your computer to talk to your printer is like trying to get the agent on the other side of the transaction to talk to you! :-)

Nov 14, 2017 02:23 PM #24
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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We have been Apple proponents and users for many years. My computer will be six years old next year and if I change it, it will be an option not a necessity.

Nov 14, 2017 02:36 PM #25
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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I love the analogy. Sometimes printers and computers can be moody and not talk to each other until you turn off power and start again.

Nov 15, 2017 04:23 AM #26
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Tim Maitski
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - Atlanta, GA
Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal

I hate getting new computers.  I also hate updating operating systems.  I just want things to stay the same.

Nov 15, 2017 04:56 AM #27
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Cynthia Larsen
Safe Haven Realty - Cotati, CA
Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA

When it comes to the TV, I let my 14 year old granddaughter figure it out (in 15 seconds). But young kids these days, at least in my family, don't know anything about PCs. Just tablets, iPads and smart phones. Good luck with your new computer.

Nov 15, 2017 10:12 AM #28
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Christi Farrington
William Raveis Real Estate - Wilton, CT - Westport, CT
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Loved how you tied buying your new computer to buying a new home!  Neither is particularly easy but having someone knowledgeable to help in the process is always a good idea!

Nov 16, 2017 06:44 AM #29
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