Serenity Now!

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life25 Comments


I'm just rounding the corner on the computer upgrade process. My new machine is a shiny iMac. I hope I'm not being overly presumptuous here, but I think it's going to be a good fit. Hopefully, 32 gigs of RAM will see to this.

But as you well know, there are always glitches and I have been reminding myself to breathe. And call tech support.

Almost there.

So here's a question for you: technology upgrades and changes… do you love them, loathe them, avoid them or see them as a necessary but oh so painful?

I'll be on hold with Apple. Go ahead, talk amongst yourselves…



Cathy ZielskeSerenity Now!

25 Comments on “Serenity Now!”

  1. #1

    Glad to hear it’s all coming together for you!! I’m so glad I have friends who can help with all the tech stuff or I don’t think I would survive!!

  2. #2

    It’s been awhile since I upgraded, but I remember the painful process. Take it slow, do one thing at a time, and yeah! BREATHE!
    That being said, I realized how much stuff I had on my computer that I didn’t use. I backed up to an external, which backs up to Carbonite, saves space on my hard drive for more “stuff.” Hang in there! Magic will come from your metallic machine soon!

  3. #3

    Hate, hate, hate. And avoid them at all costs, until something stops working and my tech support husband will come in and ask, “when was the last time you updated?” to which I always reply, “update? what’s that?” and he’ll roll his eyes and do it for me.
    I’m always glad that he does it, but then it drives me nuts for weeks that this button on my phone is in the wrong place or that thing on my computer does something different–I get a little motion-sick going around that tight learning curve.
    And is it me, or deos it seem that the updates come pretty fast and furious these days? It’s not a yearly thing–it can be almost weekly, if you’re taking in to account iPhones and iPads and apps and the like. Grr.
    You’re in my thoughts and prayers at this most trying time . . . good luck.

  4. #4

    Love them! I think I’m addicted to new technology and can’t wait to upgrade. I know it can be challenging and the steps beforehand backing up everything take a lot of time, but in the end that new shiny iMac or other new thing, almost sings to you!

    Congrats on your new iMac! That’s very exciting!!

  5. #5

    I’ll have to admit I am a bit of tech junkie and *love* getting a brand new computer and the ‘exploring’ that involves….
    That being said, the hardest change I made was PC to Mac environment, but it was SO worth it….
    Good luck, take some deep breaths, and enjoy the ride. 🙂

  6. #7

    It really is a pretty cool new machine. : ) And honestly, the hassles have all been ones Ive been able to figure out with a little help from tech support and Apple message board forums. : )

  7. #8

    Love them! I’m an Apple geek and total tech junkie. However, I haven’t had any need to upgrade our iMac since we got it in 2009, it’s still just soaring along like it’s brand new. But I am secretly coverting a MacBook Air – wondering how much I could get for my MacBook Pro if I sold it.

    Hope you love your new iMac!

  8. #9

    I just upgraded (and downsized) to an HP Pavilion TouchSmart 14 Sleekbook and a week before a new HP Photosmart 7520 printer. Can’t afford Apple products living on Social Security. 🙂 It has been a pretty easy transition except for having to learn Windows 8 which is totally different. You lucky Apple people don’t have to worry about that.

    I guess you could say I’m also a tech junkie too. Always get excited when its time to upgrade. Love all my toys.

    Glad all is going rather smoothly for you Cathy.

  9. #10

    I secretly want to buy a MacBook Air for Dan to replace his old, slow white MacBook. Okay, its not so secret. But he says, Oh, this one is fine.

  10. #11
    Kathleen S.

    Loath them, am sticking with Windows 7, and, as always, praying for healthy hard drives. Even though I back up, reloading a new computer is the pits. I sympathize with holds and menus, although I know you’ll be thrilled with the working finished system.

  11. #12

    I love tech since a young age at school, I swithed my french class for tech we can chose one of the two and I choose that one, because is always something that fascinated me. I like topics that are in constant developement and tech is one of that. I only use windows at the time, never use a mac yet like Jennifer I can afford Apple. The upgrades are easy but the bugs that sometimes they bring are awful but everyone have them.I like the upgrades for this reason you can always learn something new with them and upgrade your self to. I love the new Windows 8 I have the Vista,just play with 8 at the store and the system is easy to use and I like the new addictions they make to the system. Good luck with the upgrade sit back and enjoy the ride 🙂

  12. #13

    I love new technology but at 61 I feel like I’m treading water and may soon sink! I am the coolest grandma right now with all of my electronic toys. Hopefully I can keep up- or at least keep ahead of all my friends (which isn’t too hard since most of them aren’t excited about electronics the way I am).

  13. #14
    Cindy L.

    It’s a love/hate thing for me. I love fast, new Apple products. The thought of a fresh, new HD, upgraded RAM, more processing power and speed – I get chills thinking about the prospects! That’s the love part.

    I’m going through the same thing as you, right now. I just set up my shiny new iMac last weekend, and am psyching myself up to transfer my files from my old MBP. I hate though, the thought of junking up my new machine with all the old files on my previous Mac. The idea that my new desktop will be just as cluttered as my old one makes me sad! I know I can spend time re-organizing the old before transferring, but who has time for that?! Right now, I’m just enjoying working on a brand new machine and I think I might just bring files over from the old as I need them, and dump everything else on an external.

    The other part I hate is having to shell out more for various adapters. I had to buy two in order to connect my Drobo and my external monitor all because of Thunderbolt. An extra outlay of 70 bucks hurts when you consider how much money was spent on the tricked out iMac to begin with! But I love my new baby….enjoy yours!

  14. #15

    I love new technology and I hate it. Getting a shiny new toy is wonderful. Figuring it out? Not so much. I’m okay with computers (and I use the term “okay” very loosely), but my iPhone took a bit longer. Gotta love it though. Enjoy your new iMac!

  15. #16

    A good Mac lovin friend of mine said, Oh, dont migrate! Do a clean install! But, I really needed to have my iPhoto library and iTunes in full, you know?

    So far, its running really well. I do plan to continue my iPhoto library purge. Im in year 2004, deleting shots that I should have deleted from the get go. But this 3TB drive? Its huge and humming along!

    Have fun with your new baby too!

  16. #17

    I would love a Mac but my medical work programs are all windows based. But I do have an iPad and plan on an iPhone as soon as I can get to the store. After the BPS phone photography class my phone just doesn’t make it.

  17. #18

    I have Mac-Envy and 3T’s Whoo-Hoo!
    It is a pain to change equipment though. You would think that magic could happen after all that $$$. Good luck!

  18. #20

    Home technology upgrades are easy. I get to do the good stuff at work, like edit links for authentication on 200 databases and e-books. Now that’s fun. Since we are migrating from one integrated library system (ILS) to another this fall, we get to change EVERYTHING! Woot! As it turns out this likely to be very good as the old ILS nightmare which began almost 14 years ago and has never been great will now be over. I’m actually looking forward to this. I don’t care how much work it is. Besides, if you sit still for 5 minutes these days, something will change. It certainly is not boring.

  19. #21

    I just got a new laptop – sorry my job is with computers and has been for many years so I am not familiar with Macs. So upgrades happen at work – always stressful. I had my old pc for 12 years – yes, it is painful to upgrade at home too. I still have both computers in my room – I have one last thing to do – move my i-tunes library. However, I have already ran out of room on my hard drive. I have all my digital photo files finally in one place. The thing I didn’t do on my new PC was buy an additional hard drive. I guess that is the next step I have to do. Who knew I would have 1 TB of photo files. Good luck with your transition.

  20. #22

    It must be noted that the whole Serenity Now will backfire on you. At least it has on me. I had to get my hard drive replaced in my IMac…due to faulty hard drive. Anyhow, trying to move everything from my Time Capsule has been a complete disaster. I am just waiting for my Festivus for the Rest of Us gift…that it will all work out okay.

  21. #24

    I love more RAM power but absolutely loathe dealing with compatibility issues that arise from upgrading. Practically gives me hives just thinking about it. Everyone thinks I am nuts because I know how to design on a Mac, but know nothing about how a Mac is designed. Who has that kind of time? I have a Mac tech guy who comes over to the house every time my superMac is out of sorts or is due for an overhaul–and I hold him hostage until I know that I can open, work, print and save from every CS program! I recently needed to upgrade to a 3TB time capsule–3TB!! Do you remember when we used diskettes? So crazy!! Have fun designing with all that new speed–you’re going to love it!

  22. #25

    I love the upgrade itself since it’s always nice to have something better to work with, but find the process of changing everything over rather tedious. I upgraded my computer in October last year, and still haven’t copied everything off the last one! My new laptop runs photoshop and games and everything so much more nicely though… So worth the hassle of upgrading!

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