The Journey to a New Laptop

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The Journey to a New Laptop


I’ve known I was going to need a new laptop for some time. The tell-tale signs were all there as things slowed, and various quirks showed up. I’ve gotten to know my laptop quite well over the last 4+ years and the thought of migrating everything, in spite of the increased speed, memory and so on, weighed heavily.


A few months ago I had a major meltdown on my laptop. One morning I could not do anything. My feeble attempts to modify my friend’s behavior, including several reboots which often do the trick, failed.


A quick call to my computer guy (AllSanDiegoComputerRepair), who has never failed me in the past and either comes to the house or does what needs to be done remotely, got help in a few hours.


The diagnosis, which I already knew, was that time was running out and it was time to get a new laptop. Ugh.


My new HP laptop ready for the doctor to beginI've spent a number of days cleaning up My Documents – deleting files, moving lots of videos, thousands of photos, and multiple folders I rarely used onto my external hard drive (yes, I’ve stored files in the cloud in the past but had a devil of a time in a few cases retrieving – time to do that again) in preparation for newness.


I put off buying the new laptop, not for any reason other than procrastination, and today we do the big change-over. Hopefully it will all go smoothly and before long I’ll be up and running. No doubt there will be tweaks along the way, but with technology the way it is I won’t really even have any downtime. The real fun begins in just a couple of hours at 10 am!


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John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Im dreading the day I need to get a new laptop, but it's quickly approaching.  Hope your transition is as seamless as possible.

Aug 22, 2014 02:57 AM #8
Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Davie, FL
Top Listing Broker

That's actually good to have new efficient laptop Jeff. Sorry if you had to go through the trouble of transferring. Hope you and newbie get along :)

Aug 22, 2014 03:31 AM #9
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I am still working out the bugs on my new lap top. I had dropped and duct taped the old one so many times I started getting nervous. The good news was that it still worked;the bad news was it looked like me. Good luck Jeff!

Aug 22, 2014 03:32 AM #10
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Luck Jeff,  I have mine for 3 years now and know it is a matter of time before I have to buy a new one.

Aug 22, 2014 04:10 AM #11
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Having to buy a new laptop is the worst, but sometimes we just have to bite the bullet and do it.

Aug 22, 2014 04:23 AM #12
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Jeff, Just made the change for the day job.  My old laptop needed 10-15 MINUTES to reach a productive state.  The new one less than 2 minutes.  I'm loving it!  Bill

Aug 22, 2014 07:21 AM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jeff- so... what did you get?   Have fun with it.  You know, as much as I love electronics, it takes me a while to get everything set the way I like it.

Aug 22, 2014 12:10 PM #14
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff I hate switching out laptops.  I just got a new one about a month and a half a go and I am still trying to get it the way I want it.  Hope you get yours running the way you want to quicker than I have.

Aug 22, 2014 01:07 PM #15
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Jeff -  moving the files is easy.  What is harder is all of the programs and configurations.  But,  once completed you will feel much better.

Aug 22, 2014 01:15 PM #16
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Jeff, I purchased a new laptop and had to get use to windows 8....At first I hated I like just a bit of a learing curve.  I use my external drive to store all my photos.

Aug 22, 2014 01:50 PM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Raymond - good for you! Things are going well here - almost 2800 files copies over to the Dropbox account, and working on about 20GB of files onto the new computer. Thank goodness for someone who knows what they are doing. We finish in the morning

John Meussner Yeah it was scary, but the thought of things totally crashing really hit home

Patty- well it had to be done, and we all have to cope with it at some point. It has gone well so far

Paul - no duct tape here but the laptop is showing its age. Progress is good thus far. Glad I don't have to do it all

Will - time is running out I think


Aug 22, 2014 01:54 PM #18
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Sybil - no choice when things start to go south. I rely on my laptop too much

Bliz - it's amazing what we put up with but the discovery of how improved the situation can be is a true blessing. And big sigh of relief!


Aug 22, 2014 01:57 PM #19
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Kathy - it's an HP Pavillion, recommend by my son-in-law who is an IT manager and really knows his stuff. I did NOT want Windows 8 because of the issues. So far so good. We finish the set-up this morning. Had a ton of files to migrate - abut 20GB!

George - well that;s why I have my IT guy do it. He can get it set up far faster, plus he has great recommendations for safer ways to set it up, protect it, streamline some of the functionality, etc.

Grant - true, but he does it far faster, and I can work on other things, like focusing on finalizing my Mom's condo so she can move in Monday!!

Rebecca - several IT folks recommended I stay away from Windows 8 so I did. Lots more memory and processing power. And I keep a complete copy of My Documents on an external drive. Lots of photos there too that do not also reside on my laptop which is easier to access for blog posts!


Aug 23, 2014 01:16 AM #20
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

Argh, I used to go through a PC every YEAR! I do so much marketing and such that I just never seemed to be able to keep one longer. When Windows 8 came out, I went through FOUR laptops and kept returning them because I couldn't stand the program. I ended up with a MAC and, although I am still learning and it has its own issues, I like it MUCH better!

Good luck with the purchase of a new one! Four years sounds like a pretty darn good return on investment!

Aug 23, 2014 03:17 AM #21
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Jeff~ I'm dealing with the same thing. I'm currently typing my comments and posts on my new laptop, while I'm moving files and  photos to Dropbox on my old one (before it completely dies)!

Aug 23, 2014 07:52 AM #22
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Shannon - indeed. I am thrilled with 4 years. It IS a pain to migrate but it's happening without major hurdles. Knocking on wood

Donna - yeah I get that. Hope it all goes well for you too!!


Aug 23, 2014 01:48 PM #23
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Jeff - I know I'm due for a new laptop in the very near future, but I'm procastinating too.

Aug 26, 2014 11:00 PM #24
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Been there, done that, Jeff. I put off buying new equipment like this until there's absolutely no choice. Fortunately I have a great computer guy, but it still takes up valuable time.

Aug 27, 2014 03:46 AM #25
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

It's always a big deal to change computers, and my last change was from a PC to a MAC - a really, really big deal, made easy through the OnetoOne training I purchased. Funny how easily we adapt, and always end up wondering why we waited so long.

Aug 27, 2014 10:56 PM #26
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Jeff, I have three computers not counting the iPad and one of them is an HP Laptop that I bought at the end of 06.  Still using it occasionally, but it's time for a new one as well.

Aug 30, 2014 08:38 AM #27
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