7 thoughts on “Computer angst

  1. In the time I’ve been reading your blog, since about the fall of 2005, I’ve had two computers, laptops. The first was a Powerbook 17″, and when the Powerbook died, I picked up this refurbished McBook Pro. How many PCs have you burned through since then? That says something.

    Buyer beware.

  2. It’s not you. It’s them. The closer we get to knocking them off their perch the stranger things will become.

  3. My computer costs across seven years have been about $357 a year, about $2,500 all told. Ease of mind not worry about PC crap? Priceless.
    A dollar a day for near-flawless turn-on-and-drive usability.
    Believe me when I say that perceived status has nothing to do with the solid common sense of buying products that work every day as reliably as the sun shines.

    Also, I’ve used PCs in the workplace for my entire working life and Macs at home across the same period of time and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Certified refurbished MacBook Pros cost about a grand:
    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac/macbook_pro/13

    Penny wise is often pound foolish. There’s nothing smug about saving money. “Status jobbies?” Give me a freaking break.

  4. Okay, this has nothing to do with Susie’s problem. I can’t resist diving into the fanboi brawl. I run Linux (Debian if you’re interested), have the equivalent of an “app store” for anything I might ever need, with the only difference being that nobody pays for software. They’re all loons like me who believe knowledge is free. I “pay” by trying to help other people who have questions on the forums for the software I use. It’s a community, and a great one.

    I could be running this on a $250 netbook bought five years ago, so I could sneer way harder than anyone about more-money-than-brains jobbies. (Being me, I’m running a core i7 with enough system memory to float a boat, and which throws off enough heat to make a usb cooling base non-optional. My excuse is I do high-end graphics and CPU-intensive statistics, so, hey!, I need it. Chortle chortle.)

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