My new laptop is out for delivery. It's...a compromise. Most of the ones I looked at when I was shopping in a hurry now lack a DVD drive of any type. I'd rather have one than not, but we do have an external, USB DVD/CD write/rewrite drive...so, compromise.
The new laptop does not have a hard drive disk drive; rather, it's got a solid state hard drive, and 8GB memory.*
I'd been using Mozilla Firefox for the past decade or longer. I'm going to have to change that. I get that the piece calling for censorship on the blog was "opinion" only, but that opinion was voiced by someone who hasn't gotten fired, nor has it been made clear that opinion doesn't fly with corporate.
I will not be downloading iTunes player. I'll be grabbing MusicBee, instead--which plays the iTunes files, and isn't run by people actively engaging in the suppression of speech and thought. (It's also easier to download, set up, and has a better interface.)
Hopefully, I'll be able to get on FB again, to check on family that can't or won't make the jump to MeWe. And so I can download/back up my posts and stuff from there. I'm not sure how long it will be before they start purging people who don't enthusiastically perform craino-rectal inversion, or perform it fast enough.
Another thing I'm checking into is whether Open Office has added the functionality I'd wanted to see. It was almost there with the last version I'd snagged, but not quite. I will be downloading it, regardless, because it's compatible with, and will open some things Word won't.
The first thing I do will be to disable Cortana as much as possible, and to disable microphone, camera, and location tracking. Second will be to use Edge to download something else--I'll be looking into browsers, and deciding from there. Third will be to download the music player: that has also become unreliable with this laptop, and I miss my music.
I'm hoping this doesn't take long, but I won't be surprised if it takes me through mid-day tomorrow to get set up and back working.
*Current system has 6 GB memory (some of which may be failing as well), and 1 TB disk hard drive.