Office Adventure: Getting A New Work Computer

21 Dec

Office Adventure: Getting  A New Work Computer

Getting a new work computer is a confusing experience

On one hand its seems like it should be a fun thing. Who doesn’t like new computers? They’re all shiny, and fast, and all those other things that make getting a new personal computer exciting. You may even get a new monitor, flat screen or widescreen if you’re lucky, and it’ll arrive at your desk in boxes. Getting something in a box is fun. It means it’s cool and new and you’re the lucky person who gets the opportunity to start slowly deteriorating its pristine condition.

However, despite all these semi-cool factors, in reality getting a new work computer is less than thrilling. For one, you don’t actually get to do anything cool with your work computer. Turns out when you get a computer at work, you’re expected to do work on it. Also, the only thing really affected by that fresh new speediness is the load times of your various Excel spreadsheets and Access databases. And now you  no longer get to throw out the excuse that it’ll take you longer to do something because you have a slow, old computer.

So, getting the optimum happiness out of a new work computer depends on finding a balance between the good and bad, and finding small joys in the overall lameness of the situation.

For one, if you get updated to a new version of MS Office, that opens you up to a whole smorgasbord of new fonts and animations to use on PowerPoint slides. Ooooh!

Also, new computer usually means new keyboard, which means you finally get to rid yourself of that damn, sticky “N” key that came about when your gummi-snack got wedged between the “N” and the spacebar.

In addition, you may be able to finagle a new mouse or keyboard pad out of the situation. Maybe even one with an ergonomic lump on it. Fancy!

So next time you’re due for an upgrade, embrace it with lukewarm excitement, bask in the small things, and be amazed as your mood marginally improves!

12 Responses to “Office Adventure: Getting A New Work Computer”

  1. Darlene Steelman December 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    yay! New electronics are such fun. Just last month we upgraded to wireless mouses! So now when I am loafing on the internet at work, I can kick back in my chair and use my thigh as a mouse pad.


    Awesome post.

    • Anonymous December 23, 2011 at 5:46 am #

      Wooah, wireless mouses? Sounds pretty cushy. Im glad you were able to cut the fetters of two feet of USB connection to experience full range of mouse movement at work!

      • sharkables December 23, 2011 at 5:50 am #

        Way to make me feel anonymous WordPress…

  2. Cap'n Stephel December 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    Oh boy! Shiny new office toys! At least for a little bit, you’ll get to use the excuse of relearning your way around a program, right?

    • sharkables December 23, 2011 at 5:52 am #

      Very true! It’s especially entertaining it you blow something up and have to call the IT guys to work on your new (and newly destroyed) machine!

  3. Nicolle December 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    Actually expected to do work on it? Say it isn’t so!!!

  4. Anonymous December 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    Someone’s mighty special, my new computer is a hand me down from corporate hq.
    They actually save the Dell boxes so they can UPS them around.

    • sharkables December 23, 2011 at 6:00 am #

      Hahah I love that they send out the corporate cast-offs. I guess it’s good they have to UPS them, otherwise they’d probably pack them in in a garbage bag and throw them in the back of a truck like everyone else does when their giving away hand-me-downs.

  5. eyeLaugh December 23, 2011 at 12:32 am #

    That would be exciting! I get so aggravated when excel takes it’s time opening grr

    • sharkables December 23, 2011 at 6:10 am #

      I feel your pain. I’m a compulsive clicker, so when something doesn’t open immediately my gut reaction is to start clicking my pointer on the icon as many times as possible until something happens. This seems to be the equivalent of giving my computer a massive electronic heart attack…luckily they refresh my hardware often enough to keep me in business. But me and the IT guys aren’t strangers

  6. isamomo December 26, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    I was refused some additional ram, because my boss would have to recalculate my “new and faster” working time and just didn’t like to do it twice … Now she has to life with me constantly mowning about my “student pc”.

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