Ha, ha, ha--I went and did it! I bought myself a computer.
The first freak out was the day I placed the order, it was unseasonably chilly in Indiana. I came home to a house that needed the furnace turned on to take the chill out of the air. Turn dial on thermostat; nothing. Freeze all night. Stay at parents the whole weekend because I wasn't going to arrange a service call on Memorial Day Weekend (yes, it was THAT cold). Take afternoon off work to have serviceman come out, replace blower motor to the tune of $437.99 (which is cheaper than I thought it was going to be, so I'm not complaining).
Shout out to Mecko's Heating and Cooling and Jerry Leming for the great, professional service!
Anyhoo, I am great at using computers, but when it comes to the tech side--leaves a bit to be desired. So I am learning all about technology the quick way by setting up the thing myself.
First "mistake"--when I bought the computer, I saw the words "Windows 8" and somehow came to the conclusion that that meant Microsoft Office was installed on it. Duh. Well, I have now given myself an opportunity to learn how to install Microsoft Office on a HP Pavilion Desktop All-In-One.
Last night, I got Windows 8 activated with the help of the HP tech support person. I feel like such a freakin' genius! The guy was Indian or Pakistani, so he was very hard to understand (overseas call centers, you know), but I "got" enough that I was able to do it flawlessly. Dang!
Now, I think my next step is to get internet access. I think everything I need to do from this point is going to be downloads and the like. There's an exciting new fiber optic option beta testing right now in town that I want to explore. They offer bundling of services, so they will be competing (finally, someone will be competing) with Comcast. I am very interested in finding out more.
So proud I just needed to share! I will keep you all updated on my progress.