I’ve been patiently waiting for two years – well, maybe not so patiently the last 5 months – for the right moment to upgrade my 9 year old laptop running Windows XP. That moment came precipitously last month, when Microsoft set its ending date for XP support. I now have a new, much faster and very capacious laptop with a numeric keypad – something I’ve needed for a long time. I have to say, it’s been a learning experience to re-learn the locations of some of the keys I use often, like DEL, HOME, and END, and to tweak Windows 7 for my use, but I’m loving the speed and space I now have at my disposal. I’m looking forward to another long partnership.
I waffled about downloading Second Life, but ultimately did download a viewer from the Second Life web site. BIG disappointment! Although I’ve not been in Second Life for a couple of years, I never cancelled my membership, and I do own a small dwelling there. I thought, with a newer, faster, computer, some of the frustrations I experienced would evaporate – but no such luck. The viewer was crazy, stuttering and blanking out continuously, so I uninstalled it. Next step: do a little more work looking for compatible viewers. Not promising I’ll visit SL any more often, but sometimes there are interesting programs there, and libraries appear to still be actively involved.
I’ve now reached that stage in a Boomer’s life when retirement actually seems like a possibility. I’m among the top 5 most senior members of my library’s cohort, though I still feel like the New Person. I love my job – it’s the most perfect profession I could have chosen – but contemplation of retirement is beginning to proffer the charms and allure of discretionary time. To do what? To go where? It’s actually difficult to comprehend not-working; but for my demographic the employment wave has passed, and the next generation will pick up the next set. I feel a new research assignment landing in my in-box: can this be done before I’m 90?