Old Tech

Dell Inspiron

Spending a week with people who aren’t completely insane over technology has been refreshing. They don’t mind giving me their laptop to use, whereas I’m crazy to the point that I can hardly leave people alone with my lovely shiny new machine.

The family computer here is a Dell Inspiron which is at least four or five years old, reinforcing (to me at least) something that Leo Laporte mentions on his US radio show, The Tech Guy, relatively often: you don’t need a new machine, you want a new machine because the old one looks clunky. This Inspiron still runs XP (albeit slowly) and Office, and can surf the web fine. To be honest, I’m surprised that some part of it hasn’t given out yet, but I suppose it’s only a matter of time.

And I have to look on the bright side – it means my MacBook looks even prettier than normal.

Photo by robertrazrblog on Flickr (creative commons license)


By adam2z on 27 August 2007 at 12:30:

i was running a four year old machine all summer. it was perfectly usable… once i removed windows and ran ubuntu.