Singapore 9th September 2010
Don’t worry I am not going to give you a technical assessment of MS Windows 7. I would not be able anyhow, I am already happy that I know how to use my laptop to write my blog! Kidding aside, my blog is about things in my daily life as lighting designer and Windows 7 has been just one of those things that crossed my path today! I recently got myself a new laptop as my “old” one was starting to show some serious signs of fatigue, which considering the near 24/7 use over the last 3-4 years is no surprise. My laptop travels with me everywhere I go and is never far out of my sight.
But what happens with new equipment it comes with the latest software and so I find myself now operating (or should I say finding my way in…?) Windows 7, supposedly the next step up from Windows XP I had been using before. We get used to our laptops and how they work, don’t we? I could find my way blindly on my old laptop and knew exactly how to avoid its little shortcomings. Now I have to start all over again. I can’t find files, program’s, access paths to some operations I want to perform, frustration all over! Of course it’s all there and more but it is just not there where you it used to be!
I won’t bother you with what I was trying to do, but it just took nearly an hour out of my day trying to figure out how to do it, where to find it. With some help I eventually got there (good that some colleagues went through the pain before me). All part of the down side of having a new laptop as you have to get to know your new one first and make sure you have transferred all your crucial files (and then know how to access it!) Unfortunately you don’t know until you reach the point as I was today. That is when you are really jealous of all those savvy IT people…
At least I can now boost of having the latest software versions and don’t have to send people emails asking them to safe and resend their files in an old version so I can open it .. 🙂