Well I could certainly use a new computer. I am on a 10 yr old laptop with half the letters worn off the keyboard. I cleaned out the cooling fan the other month and got about an ounce of nicotine soaked dust out of there. I was a little surprised that it hadn't burst into flames yet. I keep a beer close by at all times in case I have to extinguish any unwanted combustion.
Generally I prefer old familiar things over shiny new things. It seems to me that they both have problems. In the past I had always resisted updating anything because mostly all that happened was they moved the fucking buttons around after I got used to the old ones. I do keep my browser and security updated.
I pretty sure after 5 minutes of Win8 he's going to be disheartened, especially given that not only did they move the buttons, but they made them invisible and in a completely non-intuitive location.
I am not entirely calcified yet. I love to learn new things but I do not love learning the same thing over and over again. I do enough of that already. Its like changing the position of the letters on the keyboard every 2 yrs. WTF? Change things if it makes them better but otherwise I say leave them alone.
Well no not yet, my machine is running smoothly. But again, what do these new OS s do that the old ones don't? It seems like it is mostly furniture arranging to me. Keeps the economy going I guess. Am I not being a good little consumer?
I have a HP Pavilion desk top with Vista gathering dust here. Maybe I will fire that up and see if it works. It is almost pre-aged enough for me to feel comfortable with it. I suppose that I should upgrade my stuff before everything crashes and I lose it all. I have everything backed up on external drives so I figured I could just hang on until the bitter end.
I was really impressed with the new search function of Windows 7. Its not just for files anymore, you can search for functions that the OS performs.
That sounds useful.
I shouldn't be so negative. I am sure that there are improvements beyond the phenomenal growth of memory capacity and speed. I was looking at an external HD with 1.5 TB for about $80. I bought one 2 years ago with 250 GB for about that price. This incredible pace of development leads me to want to wait another 6 months when I can get more for less. I guess eventually I will have to take the step.
Electronics are a little different than all the other hardware that I own. I don't hesitate to tear apart my fridge or furnace or the engine in my car fix them up and put them back together with good success. The last time I took a computer apart I ended up with a really cool wind chime.
What I really want is something that is extremely robust without a lot of the bells and whistles. A truck rather than a sports car. I don't mind being a yr or 7 behind the leading edge.
I am used to knowing how the things around me work but I have failed to keep up with computers. I need to find a computer guru who I can trust to sell me good used stuff.