Musings & Thoughts for Monday, April 4,2022, or: Goodbye, Old PC, Hello, New PC

Image Credit; Lenovo via Amazon

As you know, my Lenovo C560 All-in-One stopped working this weekend. There weren’t any telltale signs of impending failure on Saturday, which was the last day that I used it; that day, I switched it on almost as soon as I woke up in the morning, wrote my daily blog post, spent time on Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress, then turned it off for a bit to watch the first two parts of the HBO miniseries Chernobyl.

When I finished watching the two episodes of the 2019 docudrama about the April 1986 nuclear disaster that foreshadowed the fall of the Soviet Union, I tried to turn on the Lenovo C560 so I could play either Cold Waters or Armored Brigade, my current Cold War-goes-Hot computer games, for a while. And as I wrote in yesterday’s post, my computer was as dead as the proverbial doornail.

I have two Lenovo laptops – a small Think Pad that was the last computer I purchased in Miami when I still lived there, and a larger Idea Pad that I bought last year after my 12-year-old Compaq laptop crunched its last byte – that works just fine, so I can do much of the stuff I used to do on my C560 on them. However, they lack certain features – such as decent speakers and a DVD-RW drive – that I, the user, consider being essential.

I also find that using smaller laptops is more tiring for me than a desktop model. This has always been the case in my 35 years of using computers, especially over the past 13 years. I didn’t own a laptop until 2009, and I didn’t use that computer regularly until my mother got so sick that she was moved from the master bedroom upstairs to what used to be our guest room on the first floor of our two-story townhouse. I had a Hewlett Packard desktop PC in my bedroom/office upstairs, and though it was not new in 2010 it was not elderly, but once I became my mom’s primary caregiver, I could not spend much time upstairs. I had to be close to mom’s room for most of the day, so I set up my laptop on the dining room table and used it there as my primary PC for over four years.

A promotional image of a Lenovo C560. (C) 2014 Lenovo via Amazon

 Indeed, that’s why I purchased the Lenovo C560 in the first place. I needed a computer that had a large screen, an easier-to-use keyboard that did not have a touchpad behind it, and the power and speed of a “tower” PC without the “tower.” My good friend and fellow writer Leigh Egan suggested an all-in-one model, ideally with a touchscreen. I checked Amazon’s Lenovo Store to see if any were available for what I could afford. The model with a touchscreen was a bit above my price range, but the nearly identical C506 was available for $649.99.

I received my C560 in the first week of August 2014, less than a year before my mother died. Since then, it was in my office – formerly known as my mom’s bedroom – for the last few months of my residing in my old townhouse, and it was my main computer here in Lithia from April 2016 until its unexpected demise Saturday afternoon.

As I write this, my new Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO 3 AMD All-in-One Computer is at an Amazon facility in nearby Seffner. It will soon be put in a delivery van and marked as Out for Delivery, possibly within the hour. At any rate, it will arrive today before 10 PM – which is Amazon’s standard cutoff time for deliveries, but with a few exceptions, most of my Amazon-delivered packages arrive here by 6 PM.

For those of you who are techies, here are the specs per the Amazon product page:

Personal computer design typeAll in One
Specific Uses for ProductMultimedia, Personal, Business
SeriesIdeaCentre AIO 3 24
Ram Memory Installed Size16 GB
Operating SystemWindows 11
CPU ModelRyzen 5 5500U
CPU ManufacturerAMD
Screen Size23.8 Inches

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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