The desktop computer is for the most part my gateway to the Internet. It has all the programs I’m used to using on a daily basis, connects to the router, the printer and so on, and it has a fairly large storage drive (6TB) as well as a smaller 2 TB drive for the operating system and other files that don’t need to be on the larger drive. Too, it contains my email program (Thunderbird) which interconnects with my list of email addresses (I have a few) and stores them without any muss or fuss.
Although with the recent inability to get it to run reliably, I’ve been forced to use my old Thinkpad instead. It’s a workhorse, but has limited abilities compared to the desktop. One thing I never bothered to install on it was an email program. I prefer to keep my emails in one place, other than willy-nilly all over and not somewhat organized. If the problems with the desktop are really problematic, I may have to adjust that plan, since I can’t be without email for too much longer. I can access most of my email from the web of course, but that’s a plodding way to get to my mail. I much rather prefer having one program that can access them all, store and separate them into specific folders, like Thunderbird can do and has done since I first installed it.
Over the last week that the desktop has been down, I’ve been noticing that I’m not spending as much time on the computer, or the couch. I’ve been doing other things when I get home from work, spending time outside with my wife in the backyard, tinkering in the garage with the roto-tiller (it’s coming together, should be done in a day or so barring any sort of further disaster) and looking around for other things to do. So all in all, the breakdown of the computer hasn’t been a horrible thing, it’s actually forced me to do things outside of my routine, and I’ve been ok with it. Booting up the Thinkpad takes time, it doesn’t have a very speedy processor, so from the time I push the power button to the time I can actively do anything is probably 5-6 minutes. Sometimes more. I have another laptop that’s a bit speedier, but that one is awaiting a hard drive upgrade.
When I first decided to upgrade the drive on that one, I went with a 2TB drive, (it originally came with a small 100 GB drive) but I didn’t take into account that the larger size drive with manual platters was going to make it as slow as molasses. If I’d bothered to go with a SSD (Solid State Drive), without any moving parts, it would have been better. But SSD drives are like big flash drives, and they cost a bit more. So I went the cheap-o route and paid the price. Soon after I purchased a 1 TB SSD for it and it’s now awaiting me to open the case and install it. More computer work to do.
This afternoon after finishing work I thought about trying to use Outlook for a stopgap measure in getting my email. Except, Outlook doesn’t play nice with POP3 servers. Or IMAP ones for that matter. It has a pre-set method for getting to the servers, and it presumes the domain that you give is the same one that contains the email servers. Which in my case isn’t the way it works. Consequently, Outlook isn’t going to be sufficient. I’ll probably have to go with a stripped down version of Thunderbird, and leave the emails on the server instead of downloading them to the laptop and taking up valuable space. I do have an auxiliary ‘thumbdrive’ USB dongle attached to the laptop, that contains a lot of files and folders I use on the desktop; it’s easily transportable and works well in a pinch. But even its 120 gigs is getting filled up.
Just one more conundrum in a month filled with them.