I didn’t do this because it’s a new year – they just happen to coincide.
I won’t mention names, but several of my parents donated some liquid funds to my account at Christmas. Thank you, unnamed parents!
That, and a little bit of recognition money from work allowed me to browse the SSD recommendation page of my never-met friend and technical adviser Dave Farquhar. I ordered through his links, splashing him a bit of the money that Amazon collected.
The drive came in on the last day of the year. I let it warm up overnight (winter finally arrived – we’re in for a swing of freezing nights) and dropped it in today.
Downloaded a lot of programs fresh, and I know I still have some setup to do. Overall, a nice way to spend a few hours – and get Microsoft to quit bugging me about upgrading. That wasn’t the only reason, but now I don’t have to deal with the nags anymore. Caving in? Practicality? You decide.