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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
I think I have really and truly transferred everything over from the old computer now. The final thing was to plug in my old clicky keyboard (see icon). I did give the wireless keyboard a try, but it had all these extra fancy keys and I kept hitting the Windows key instead of the Alt and was being zapped into the Start Screen when I didn't want to go there.

I did wonder whether I would have to say goodbye to my faithful old keyboard. It dates back to the 1990s and I acquired it when the local nuclear power station closed and they donated a lot of old IT equipment to the study centre where I taught. But there's something about the sturdy clickiness that I really like, and I've kept it going all this time. it already had a converter to convert a large round plug into a smaller round plug. Now it also has a PS/2 to USB converter, plus a USB extension cable because the converter thingummy was too chunky to fit into the USB socket next to the other plugs.

The one thing I couldn't do in Windows 8 was set up an ad hoc wifi network to enable me to download Kindle books to my iPod Touch. We don't have wifi, preferring the speed and reliability of wires, so to connect the iPod to the internet, I had worked out how to make a connection using an ad hoc network. It was a little cumbersome, but it worked fine because when I'm at home the only reason for the iPod to access the internet is to download a Kindle book. I assumed I could do the same on the new computer, but a bit of Googling revealed that I couldn't.

Well, that's not entirely true. I could either resort to altering settings via a command line or download a program that would do it for me. I didn't fancy either, so instead I've set up the ad hoc network on the laptop that runs Windows XP. That will see me on for a year or so until the laptop dies.

The final final step is to dismantle the old computer and stow it safely in the garage, just in case there's something I forgot...

Current Mood: accomplished accomplished

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pickledginger From: pickledginger Date: May 17th, 2013 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Very gpod!
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: May 17th, 2013 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I actually much prefer wired keyboards and mice. Being confident that they will always work when I expect them to far outweighs the convenience of not having wires.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 18th, 2013 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was concerned about the fact that they needed batteries to operate. I could just see a time when I was out of charged batteries and had urgent work to do! Also, as I mentioned when I switched the mouse, I was finding it hard to be accurate enough with the wireless mouse and it led to gripping it tightly, which is an RSI disaster waiting to happen. I've had more hand problems due to mice than to keyboarding.
cariadwen From: cariadwen Date: May 17th, 2013 09:50 am (UTC) (Link)
For some unknown reason I to do not have wii. So I buy what I need on Amazon for my kindle and twice a week go to a cafe wii enabled and simply switch on and the books down load themselves. And it gets me out of the house.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 18th, 2013 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought I might have to resort to doing that. :)
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