Setting up a new PC is
an intriguing experience,
sure to make you smile,
make you sick,
and maybe even both.
happens every day of the year, over and
decided to purchase a new computer, and after
wading through a bunch of baffling descriptions and
jargon, you settle on the new wonder.
Ah, the Amazing
Magical Mystery Machine.
told you "it's easy." Even used phrases
like, "anyone can do it" and "it won't
be any problem."
So you get home
with at least two, big, big boxes. One for the
monitor, another for the main "box" (that's
the term used to describe the affair that holds the
hard drive, memory, etc.). Oh yes, we're heady with
the moment. At long last.
If you bought a
printer and a scanner, you'll have two more boxes to
deal with. And if you got that BIG monitor, you had
to rent a moving van to get all the stuff home.
You unpack, and
oh my, what a mess of techno rubble. "Peripherals,"
they call them.
Cables and keyboard,
mouse and mayhem. You've got packing material spread
out all over the house, and parts scattered about.
Foam, bubble wrap, packing beads, and cardboard boxes.
Sound familiar? And
will it all work?
Do you have small
children or grandchildren? They can build a fort!
You figure out
you need to plug the keyboard, mouse, and monitor
into the back of the box. And the speakers. And the
scanner. And oh misery! Where's the cable for the
(You may have
noticed there's no printer cable included with the
printer. Why not? Because nobody knows how long the
thing needs to be until they've set things up. You
may be one of the unfortunate many who have an extra
"too short" printer cable lying about.)
Maybe you purchased
a USB device, and it's a real joy, because it just
plugs in and you're done. Nothing fancy, no pins, no
fuss no muss. USB stands for Universal Serial Bus,
and is a universal standard for connecting devices
such as a scanner to your computer.
Any device bearing
can be plugged into the USB port, which also bears
the same symbol.
You notice the once
nice-sized desktop has quickly vanished beneath your
Magical Mystery Machine.
amazing thing is all plugged in. You've minimized
the possibility of dirty power (rogue electrons) with
your surge and spike protector. Shoot, maybe you even
bought a UPS--an Uninterruptible Power Supply. Now
you're ready to fire everything up for the first
time. And you're more than ready to settle in for
some Net action.
Well, lo and behold.
according to the instructions. You're able to
register the computer using the on-line registration
wizard (a wizard is a program that walks you through
a task). Hey, the modem connected! The Internet
Service Provider you chose gave you a good dial-up
number! Now you're on-line, and you're here, reading
That's a successful
experience. And congratulations are in order. Break
into a jig and put on the good music.
(Pop a CD into your
player, and try out those new speakers!)
So now what? What
if you weren't one of the lucky ones who had smooth
sailing from the beginning? Well, at least you're in
the right place to talk about it. Just use the Forum!
Learn more about the Forum.
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face-- that all knowing, "yes, I've been
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