Replacing a Computer — Hurts So Good

For the last 3 years I’ve been using a 15″ Dell Latitude Laptop as my computer. I dock it with two monitors at the office. It’s never been that fast and has become clunky in the last year or so.
Finally, it started making weird noises. In my experience, if your computer starts making weird noises it’s thinking about crashing. A crashed hard drive is a huge pain. So I decided to pull the trigger on a new computer.
The emphasis would be on speed. I am always on my computer and continuously bounce around between multiple programs,documents, websites and pages. The less time I lose to the computer loading, the less time I waste. I was willing to spend money for speed.
I pulled the trigger on a 13″ Microsoft Surface Book 2. I did not try to save money, going with the 512 gb with the latest Intel Core i7 processor. The price was an eye popping $2,500. But I’m not complaining based on the early performance.
I spent a lot of time trying to decide between a 13″ and a 15″ screen. It may sound like picayunish issue, but there is a big difference in size and weight. It’s a big enough difference to affect a decision about whether to travel with a laptop or an I-pad. I ended up going with the 13″. My rationale is a golf saying: if you’re going to layup, layup.
The graphics look great–much better than on my 10 year old monitors, Dell or i-pad. And I don’t wish I had the bigger screen. A bigger screen just doesn’t help the same way multiple monitors do.
Last week was the typical frustration I suffer when installing a new computer. Getting everything installed and working right never goes smoothly for me. I lost probably 5 hours trying to

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