The oldest of our computers seemed to have been struggling a little. There didn't seem to be any specific problems, but it's nearly a decade old, it runs on XP.......So I had been wondering whether the time had come to think about a new computer.
We had the discussion as to whether a laptop was appropriate, but decided this wasn't necessary (although desktops apparently don't usually have Bluetooth), and for somewhat similar reasons, didn't see any need to move forward to a tablet. I looked around Officeworks and saw that we could obtain a computer that would be perfectly adequate. But then, a special was advertised at Aldi. For not all that much more than the cost of a basic model from Officeworks, an impressively configured computer (fast processor, 4 GB RAM, large hard drive .... ) was going on sale for significantly less than a similarly configured computer from Officeworks (or even Computers & Parts Land, which I think is regarded as right down there on price - and with a similar level of service). The only thing it appeared not have was a solid state drive - but from what I've since learned, I don't think we need this.
Aldi, do I hear you say? What support can they provide if you need it? As it happens, that's where I bought my netbook some time back. And I had occasion to call the support line at that time. Needless to say, my query arose because I had overlooked something fairly basic, but I was sufficiently satisfied with the reaction (by the Australian distributor, not Aldi) to my query that I was prepared to trust them again. So the purchase was made.
We were provided with some helpful advice about transferring information from the old computer to the new, but in the end decided to be selective.
However, various issues arose when setting up the various email accounts on the new computer. We've accumulated a number of email accounts. They've been set up at different times and for different reasons - and have different passwords! Yes, our passwords were all carefully recorded in hard copy. In fact, hard copy back-ups existed, too. But there are different passwords for different functions (the main optus billing account vs the individual optus email accounts....... it gets a bit confusing..... ). And, once or twice the passwords had been changed - but in at least one instance, this wasn't recorded on the back-up copy! I won't go into any more detail, but the afternoon I spent sorting out all these issues was, shall we say, a little frustrating!
Nevertheless, I think we've got to where we need to be, and it seems to have been worthwhile.