I'm finally back in the Ten on Tuesday groove! Thanks as always to Chelsea at Roots and Rings for hosting - this week's fun computer questions come from Kara at Kara's Chatter.
1. Mac or Windows? (Or Linux for you super geeks!)
Mac, mac, mac! I've had an iPhone for about a year and a half, and have been a true Apple convert ever since. I'd never had a Mac computer until this spring, and I don't know why I waited so long. I love it!
2. What drew you to that operating system?
See the question above. Started with the phone, crossed over to the computer. I guess I got into the phone when they started popping up in law school, and it was a game-changer when I got mine. Felt the same way about the computer!
3. Mice - Wireless or Wired? Mouse pad or none?
I always work on my laptop, so I don't use a mouse. I don't have anything against them, I just don't even own a desk, so I'm always working on my couch, or at least at my kitchen table and don't really need one. Also, I love the two-finger scrolling on my Mac, so no real need for a traditional mouse.
4. Other than the Internet - What do you use your computer most for?
Dangit, my first answer was going to be Internet. But I guess lately, it'd be for wedding stuff - my spreadsheet with my guest list, my DJ worksheet, etc. Also my calendar (which seems to be full of wedding stuff lately!)
5. What's one computer-related thing you wish you were best at? (CSS, Photoshop, Excel, etc.)
Um, all of the above? I suck at all those things. Probably Excel because I use it most but I am absolutely TERRIBLE at it. I seriously can't even write a simple formula. I have to Google it every time.
6. Describe the first time you ever used a computer.
Uhhh. I think maybe it was at home? I went to private school, so we really didn't have computers at all, because a) they're expensive, and b) that Satan-box might make you look up things that make the baby Jesus cry. Let's be honest, b) was probably most of the reason we didn't have them. But we had one at home, with the good ol' AOL that used the phone line (so you couldn't be on it for more than a few minutes in case anyone called.) I used to love the AOL kids chat room. Oh, social media in the 90s.
7. How often do you upgrade to a new operating system?
Um, I guess I'll answer that by saying I buy a new laptop every few years, because I'm tough on them and that's really about how long they last. Maybe every three years?
8. Are you are short-cutter (CTRL+C) or a right-clicker?
Absolutely a short-cutter. Couldn't tell you the last time I right-clicked on anything.
9. Is computer-use a constant thing in your life (such as using it both at work and home) or do you get a break (because you don't use them at work)?
I definitely get a break, because I don't use them at work. This summer, the kids worked a little on them, but not much. I have a feeling that I'm going to be using them a lot more at work this coming year though, because my new school has a lot of technology like Smart boards. The 6th graders (I hear) all have laptops too! So I'm really excited about getting the kids engaged that way. We had ZERO technology in summer school, and especially in English, it's so tough to keep kids engaged if you're just working with pencil and paper for eight hours a day.
10. Where do you think the world would be if personal computers did not exist?
I hate to think. I'm a very pro-technology person. I still like handwritten invitations and thank you notes and things, but I don't think computers have made things "impersonal." I love mine, love my iPhone, love my Twitter feed, love my Google reader. Lovelovelove.