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TENNISJIM Posts: 11,750
2/25/14 6:04 A

Technology is always changing. It's hard to keep up with it.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,403
2/25/14 12:23 A

At SHKIRK, I can't imagine not having a computer. My dad and brothers have always been technophiles. They passed it on to me. I can't remember a time when I didn't have a computer. As far back as the early 80's.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,403
2/25/14 12:20 A

Windows 8 takes getting used to, but it is the best. I like it. It is really fast.

When I was shopping $750 was almost at the top of the line, for a laptop.

When you buy a used computer. You buy someone else's problems.

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
2/21/14 11:36 P

true nothing is built to last anymore

SHKIRK Posts: 1,168
2/21/14 5:21 P

I know you all will wonder how I survive in this day and age but.. I do not have a computer at home and while at work all I can think to do on this one is SP or work related things.(oh and read newpaper articles) emoticon

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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2/21/14 3:14 P

How about buying a refurbished one? Just like a used car.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (195,779)
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2/21/14 2:05 P

It's true. Microsoft is slated to stop supporting Windows XP on April 8th, 2014. It means that if anything happens to your computer, there may be no way to rescue any of the data. It means if a bug is found in the software, MS won't fix it.

Of course, when you consider that Windows XP has been around over 12 years, most of the bugs have been found. So, as long as your computer is stable (and working), you will be able to use it. But yes, if you get a virus or your system crashes, there is no guarantee your data can be rescued.

I'm still using my old (very reliable) XP machine at home. In May, I'll have had it for TEN years ! Now that's quality manufacturing. But, my laptop is Windows 7 pro. When my XP system finally keels over, I'll use my laptop.

And Eowyn, you don't have to pay a lot for a new computer. You might check around for a REFURBISHED or even used computer. As long as you don't want the latest and greatest processor/system board, you could find a decent computer to surf the web for $200-$400 US.

If you want a brand new Apple Mac or Windows 8.1 laptop, you could pay $750-$1500+. It just depends what bells and whistles you want. the more bells/whistles, the higher the price.

There are lots of deals out there if you look.

FAITHP44 Posts: 8,480
2/21/14 11:36 A

I think 7 years isn't bad for a computer and, as others have said, they get cheaper and more powerful all the time.

Trouble is, nothing lasts for long these days. I mean ..... I had to replace my microwave a few weeks ago, and I'd only had it about 25 years. They just don't make things how they used to, do they?

SILVERSPARROW04 SparkPoints: (32,291)
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2/21/14 10:23 A

7 years? That's pretty good for a PC. My coworker (I work in Computer Services) says laptops last about 3 years before you have to replace parts or get them fixed which has been true for all the laptops (3) in my house. It's the same with cars too after about 5 years they start needing extra attention too. Technology isn't something that's meant to last forever, just like people, you need to keep things maintained, people need to eat right and exercise and take their vitamins. PCs need to be tuned up and have parts replaced, and have other parts cleared of dust and directories defragmented and cars need to be serviced every few thousand miles (or hundred not sure).

The good thing about PCs though is that they tend to be getting cheaper all the time just make sure to back up all your files on a regular basis for when you do need to replace your computer.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,403
2/20/14 10:31 P

My mom hates technology, too. JOY73YL. She has a film camera and a flip phone. My dad wants to get her a smart phone. I don't know why since she doesn't do the internet. She likes her Motorola Razr flip phone from 2003, just fine.

JOY73YL Posts: 1,405
2/20/14 9:31 P

A lot of the comments are find until you retire. Stocks, retirement, go down --- food and gas go up.

JOY73YL Posts: 1,405
2/20/14 9:26 P

Every year they have made things easier to the point I can't figure then out any more!!!
contrary --- I'm going back to the items one does not have to learn a new vocabulary every year and take college courses to be able to make a phone call.
I was to like Quickin. Used for years - NO MORE - LAST several years it has been to complicated.
I want a phone to call people. I have a camera to take pictures. etc., etc., etc., etc., etc.,
can't operate a TV any more

2/20/14 8:39 P

I have a similar comment. My first home PC was very expensive, and each version since has gotten less expensive and more powerful. Now we have 1 laptop, several tablets, and smartphones. Many options, all better, stronger, faster and cheaper. BTW - My son worked at Staples for 4 years and we had a nice family discount on everything!

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/20/14 1:58 P

Yes, it is a pain. My laptops never last for more than a year or two. Thank goodness they are getting cheaper all the time!

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,403
2/20/14 1:55 P

I had to replace my computer recently.

If your monitor, keyboard and mouse are still good. Just replace your tower. It is a lot cheaper. Oh and Windows 8 is a pain until you figure it out.

CAMEOSUN SparkPoints: (86,617)
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2/20/14 12:36 P

emoticon I am on my 2nd MacBook and only because one of our kids dropped my other one. Of course it was out of Warranty at the time. I think that some places will give you "cash" if you trade your old one for a new one. Might be an option.

SUZIEQUE77 SparkPoints: (9,271)
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2/20/14 7:21 A

Though Microsoft won't support your older operating system, I don't think that means you can't get third party software that will still work on it and protect against viruses.

I use my computer for work and I don't think I could manage with an older one with Windows XP. I think the XP operating systems would be less of a problem than other technical specifications of the computers made several years ago. It is my opinion that newer software that really does not "do that much more" requires more computer power so people must upgrade their computer in order to run the newer programs they want to use. It does seem like a vicious cycle. I consider myself a technology lover and I have a Ph.D. in a technology related area but I am not one who thinks all technology moves in the right direction. I am very aware that some of it is marketing, rather than being actually more advanced and improved over previous products for the same purpose.

Even so, I am actually happy that the life of a PC is now closer to 4 or 5 years before they are really all that obsolete as I feel that it was more like 2-3 years in the past. Still, I understand that when we pay what may be a substantial amount for something, we do want it to last several years. For example, my refrigerator cost about as much as a really good computer would have. It is going on 8 years old and I will admit if it goes on the blink, I will be upset. But the refrigerator itself is not outdated. If I got a new one, it would not be that much different or do its job better than the one I have.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (243,564)
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2/20/14 4:06 A

I got mine in 2004. It runs on Word XP. My computer guy told me a couple months ago that in April it will no longer be supported on the Internet with anti-virus protection, which means that altho' I can still USE it for Internet stuff, it will be open to heaps of viruses. That is an enforced update I DON'T like :-(


JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (554,139)
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2/20/14 2:29 A

Yes, that's progress for you!!!

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
2/20/14 2:26 A

It seems like not too long ago that I bought my PC but in no time at all, it is now more than 7 years old and becoming too slow to support all the new software and sites out there! Even if I grimace and fork out the money for a new one, I will probably need to get a new one every couple of years! It's a pain!

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