It took over two weeks, but I finally have a new laptop! I’m very picky when it comes to computers, and feel I’ve earned the right to be, since I work on them extensively as an artist. If I don’t feel comfortable with one, that’ll only hinder my productivity…hence the long hiatus here. I refused to drain my savings on a laptop that didn’t meet most of my needs.
One of the needs I desperately had to have, but could almost never find? A CD/DVD drive. My very old—but very trusty—Photoshop program installs via a CD. Needless to say, a laptop lacking one of these drives is horrifying to me. Sure, I could’ve purchased an external one, or splurged on a downloadable art program, but that’s money I can’t spare after having my laptop and TV die in a single month. Plus, if I did download a new art program, it’d have to be something other than Photoshop, since they’re subscription-only now, last I heard. (Photoshop, I love you, but not enough to spend $120 or more a year on you.) In other words, I’d have to trash all the Photoshop files I was in the middle of inking/coloring and start anew.
Luckily, this didn’t become my reality, since I finally found a laptop that not only had a CD/DVD drive, but most of my other needs, too! And it was on sale! The universe likes to laugh at me, though, so the store I found it in? Completely sold out of it. They were able to order one for me…but again, the universe likes to laugh at me, so they misspelled my address in the process. I did not notice this till I checked my email on someone else’s computer. I contacted customer service to fix it, and while they were able to, they informed me this might cause the laptop to arrive a few days later than had been quoted in-store. I never received an email about it shipping, much less any tracking info, so this seemed to be the case. Yesterday, though—the day I was originally told it would come—my new laptop arrived out of the blue, late into the evening, finally ending this headachy process to replace my dead one.
(I hope it’s over, at least. You never know what the universe might do next for a laugh, after all!)
I’m still adjusting to the quirks of this laptop, as well as getting all my files on here, so it might take me a while to catch up with everyone. I’m going to do my best to get back into the swing of things, though!