I have decided that in order to avert an eventual melt down on my part and my computer's part, I need to purchase a new laptop. At this point, I only have a desktop that is five years old so its life is limited and I know that. After thinking about it a few days, I have decided that I will get a Dell laptop in addition to my old desktop and have it wirelessly configured so it can travel with me. I will also get an external hard drive and back up everything on my desktop to it, so that when it does bite the dust there will not be a major problem. I have a young high school computer genius friend that I will pay to do all this for me just because I don't want to deal with the frustration it would cause me.
2 days ago