Technology has a knack for being both a blessing and a curse. A relevant example is our new iPod. On the one hand, it is a pretty sweet piece of electronic magic. Plus, it was free. But there is a downside: our current PC is running Windows 98, which will not support iTunes, and my computer hacking skills are not up to the task of configuring it for that OS. For the last couple of weeks, I've been weighing the benefits of upgrading to XP against building a brand new system. Well, last week, the Lord saw fit to grace us with an unexpected gift: Apartment Life, the ministry with which we work, decided to provide a sizeable monetary gift to current teams who have been operating for two or more years (in September, Allison and I will have been running the program at our complex for three years). I had been putting off any computer upgrades for budgetary reasons, but our current PC is almost five years old and has seen a great amount of wear and tear in those years. Needless to say, this gift provided the means to purchase a new system -- which arrived this weekend, and is now waiting to be assembled. God is good!
(PS I'm looking to get a good external hard drive. Anyone have any recommendations, or any bad experiences with certain brands?)