new laptop with windows 8Dear Kid,

A huge raspberry (pthhhhhhtttttt) to HP for their directions on how to install Windows 8, and a HUGE Thank You to Tom M at Microcenter for all his help, especially the part about how when the directions say “do this” it actually means “do nothing.”

Yes, it is true. I bought a new computer. We’ll be playing taps for the dead one later today. And I now have the great joy of learning Windows 8 (any tips?). My new laptop has all kinds of gizmos, most notably a fingerprint scanner. Don’t have any idea when I would use it, but the concept has me six kinds of entertained. (Seriously, a fingerprint scanner.) I asked Tom if it had a retina scanner too, but it doesn’t. Then I asked him if it had a mustache scanner–and it turns out he doesn’t have cable so has never seen the Snapple commercial which is very sad. So Tom, for you my patient friend, here is the Snapple Half and Half commercial with the mustache scanner at 17 seconds.

In other news, there is a new word in the techy world (new to me anyway): phablet. Which is a combination of phone, tablet, and spit.

We have come a looooong way from the first computer (invented in 1936–did you know that? Now you do.).

HP, Google, Microsoft, and Apple were all started in garages. I’m sure there is something funny about that. Don’t know what. Suggestions welcome.

The first domain name ever registered was (Random factlet.)

In 1963 (a very good year), Doug Engelbart invented the computer mouse–made from wood if you can believe it. My happy mouse is  built into my computer and doesn’t give me splinters.

Now I have to figure out how to use this machine. (Again, thank you Tom for the in-store tutorial.) I’m sure there will be some bumps along the way, but I also know it can’t possibly be as difficult as Vista (it took me days to figure out how to print in Vista).

Happy Today!

Love, Mom