Friday, October 17, 2008
Misc: Despite my love of videogames and the glasses I wear, don't mistake me for someone who's a tech-head, or a fan of computers. I like it when things are simple and they work, which automatically rules out pretty much anything to do with PCs.
Case in point:
My old computer was wheezing its last this morning after having continuous difficulties over the last few months, so the wife and I decided it was time to get a new one. It was especially important to get something that ran well since I'm a big fan of Dragon NaturallySpeaking-- it lets me skip typing with my hands, dictating what I say directly onto the screen. It works great, it saves tons of time, and since I'm usually working on a story or a review, it's saved me from carpal tunnel.
So,we go down to a local electronics palace, and despite being on a budget we find something that's about 42x faster than my old rig. It also came preloaded with Vista.
::cue ominous music::
We get it home, I spend about three hours getting it configured, deleting all the extra crap I don't want off the drive, and transferring files. Finally, after I get it up and running to my satisfaction, I start loading up NaturallySpeaking, and IT WON'T INSTALL.
Turns out Dragon is only compatible with the 32bit versions of Vista, and the comp I bought has the 64bit. I do a little more digging, and not only do I find out there's no way to have the 64 run in a 32 mode, practically nobody supports the 64bit version-- I mean, if the package says it works with Vista and I have Vista, I'm going to assume it'll work.
Of course, this is where assuming gets you.
Long story short, I'm going to return the PC I have for a different model running the 32bit Vista, I wasted half the day between the drive and the configuring, and none of the paperwork or writing I needed to get done today got done....
Like the title says, I love technology.