Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I have a new computer, a laptop. It is down to the wallpaper bare: operating system only, no real application software, at this point. This brings one to life decisions, to one of those moments of vision. I ask myself what I really need/want on this new machine. Although it is a laptop, it is going to be my main computer. It's a wide-screen, hefty thing, really a desktop replacement. It has that oh-so-handy numeric keypad at the right hand side of a full qwerty keyboard. Those of us who have been touch typists since junior high school have a hard time "thumb-typing" on those new-fangled tablets, don't you know? It will hook to all my important peripherals, the printer, auxilliary storage, and obviously the web.
From my point of view, I'm missing several bits of my life that are needed: basic MS Office tools, the software I use to track my budget, and even my little DOS-based weight commander that does the rolling 7 day average when I enter my daily weigh ins! I could probably drop that with a proper spreadsheet to do the same, but it does have about ten years of data backed up for it.
Consequently, this morning I went digging through my overwhelmingly messy "office/storage room" hunting for my CDs with the base of these important software packages. My reasoning is that since the computer I'm replacing is fried, I can transfer the licenses to the laptop!
Alas, what I found was a moment of clarity about just how disorganized that junk room has become! I could not locate the packages. It's been four years. And guess who is back at the "one thing" philosophy in a great hurry! That room is indeed overwhelming, and I've known for some time that it needs attention. I've kind of got the entertainment level of the house under control... I cleared out the guest room back in July for MobyCarp's visit. My master bedroom has become quite "livable" in the one thing initiative, although it's not perfect. Maybe... no, definitely, it's time to address that office!
Before I go spending money on another copy, I will expend some of my "one thing" energy on that room, and clearing out old technology that is no longer serving a dignified and orderly life. 'Nuff said!
Life's good. Spark on!