Admit it. This is only slightly less terrifying than The Poltergeist moment.
I know. I've been gone a long time due to a 70 year old (aka 7 year old) Dell desktop whose screen had become bluer than my lovely eyes. It sits here even now, over in the corner, mocking me with forgotten files of old resumes, old chats (oh yeah, I kept those), and old pictures (which are the only things keeping me from going all Office Space on its ass...embly). But our time together is nearing an end. YOU HEARD ME, YOU DECREPIT MACHINE. END! I've got a flash drive and I'm not (too horribly) afraid to use it, and then, well, then ...
So, what DOES one do with the old unfaithful computer? I googled some information recommending some particularly brutal wiping programs but, honestly, consider me Josephine Schmo looking to simply rid herself of an eye-sore. I want the minimum "not gonna open it but don't want my files eyed" solution.
Yeah, yeah, I know. Pay someone. I likely will just because I don't want to deal with it. But this conflicts with my natural distrust of ... people.
I've been gone a long time ... almost a year. When the hunka was driving me to tantrums, I finally pulled the plug on the Internet. I wasn't using it anymore and thought, hey, I'll rid myself of a bill until I get my new laptop in a couple (three, NINE) months. So I cancelled Comcast. Yes, people, I lived the dream and said "bah bye" to cable completely. Now, of course, the dream part only lasts until you're off the phone. The nightmare begins when you realize that your building has no outside antenna and that Best Buy piece of shit digital antenna brings you a grainy religious program in the living room OR a brilliant Fox 17 in your bedroom provided you don't move ... ever. So, I've been becoming better acquainted with my DVD collection and, occasionally, the stop/go/freeze DVD collection at the local library (seriously ... it's called CLEANER people!).
[More to follow on my return to the cyber world ... now don't hurt yourself clicking refresh every second.]