Sunrise on a new computer system.

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Sunrise on the 9th of December in the Soybean Field.

This morning, the day began with a new computer system.  How’s that for a  seque.   I had spent just about the entire day yesterday installing it.   In the past, that has been akin to a root canal but I have to admit,  yesterdays transfer to a new setup with a new Operating System was just about stress free.       A bit of background.    We went with a 64 bit Vista OS back in 2009.  In less than a week, most of us were lamenting the ditching of Windows XP.  Prone to incurable crashes and hangups,  Vista was without a doubt the most unstable Microsoft OS any of us had used and for me, that goes back to Windows 95 in my news days.  Clearly, it was  time to upgrade. We had all gotten pretty lathered up about the new  Windows 8 system when it came out but after taking it for a test drive,  we quickly discovered that while it may be just ducky for tablets and laptops and phones,  using it on a non-touchscreen PC was a disaster.  In effect it would have required everyone to go back to computer school learning a whole new set of key strokes to compensate for not having touchscreens.     We quickly decided to go with Windows 7.   It was basically a seamless transition thanks to Microsoft’s much improved  “Easy Transfer Program”.  It was simply a case of downloading the program, running it on the old machine ; saving all the files and settings on an external drive then moving them over to the new system.  Piece of cake!   I spent more time configuring our new WIFI (Just about the entire farm is a Hot Spot) and hooking up the external drives than messing with the clean load of Windows 7.    The last time I had used Easy Transfer was in 2009 when yes, it crashed on the then new Vista Machine leaving me to manually transfer all of the accounts and files.  A process that took several days of intense work.  So I was all braced for another nightmare scenario.  Suffice to say I was pleasantly surprised.

Have a Great Evening and thanks for the visit.

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