Retiring My Trusty Dell Laptop

I finally did it!

I came back into the world of Windows as my main computing platform in 2014, after 10 years of being a very loud and proud Mac user.  Apple was generally very good to me but there was a repeated failure with my Mac Book Air that they just couldn’t explain.  It ultimately was a lack of honesty on their part.  So I got an HP Pro Book, a business class laptop, that is about equivalent to a Dell Latitude 5000 series or Thinkpad E series. 

A little more than 18 months later, I was tutoring a student from New Zealand who was originally from Nigeria.  He needed a laptop so I just gave him my Pro Book.   Unlike 2022, where there are basically no deals — there were some screaming deals in late 2015.  I got a $900 + Dell Latitude 5000 series for $386 (wow!) from the Dell Outlet.  I added 16 GB of RAM about 8 months later and a solid state hard drive with a clean install of Windows 10 in fall 2018.  At some point the web cam stopped working, which was definitely not ideal for the Zoomer / Covid 19 era. 

Watch collectors often talk about the “grail watch” in their collection.  This might signify the peak of their hobby or the last watch they ever buy.  My “grail computer” was always a Lenovo Thinkpad T series.  These days they typically sell for $1500 – 2000.   $1500 was certainly a common price in early 2020.  I kept saying to myself if I ever found a SCREAMING deal, I would get one.  I wasn’t seeking just a sale, but a once in a lifetime price.  On the first weekend of January 2020, I found it.   a $2000 Thinkpad T was available new in box on Lenovo.com for a little over $600 + tax.  I took it.

By February 2020, I made it my primary computer moving over all my files — which was rather easy through One Drive, Drop Box and a backup drive.  However, the one thing I did not move over was Quick Books.  That is the accounting software for my business.  I kept procrastinating and delaying some more.  So I kept running this dual computer adventure keeping both laptops on my desk. Covid 19 happened and I delayed further. I got used to this odd existence. 

Finally, over the past few days, I made the move.  I realized that all desktop versions of Quick Books 2012 and later can be re-downloaded.  I backed up my 2 Quick Books files on the old computer.   I installed my copy of 2016 on the Thinkpad.  I then entered my serial numbers.  No issues.  I then RESTORED my backed up company files.  Done deal.   I have finally taken the Dell Latitude off my desk.  I will continue to use it sparingly or as a backup. I may even install Linux on it and learn that operating system a bit.

I have my whole computing life on my Thinkpad T now.  Typing on this keyboard feels to me what it must be like for a master pianist to use a Steinway.  It’s still a dream.