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View Poll Results: How Old Is Your Primary or Newest PC (or Mac)?
less than 3 years 24 23.76%
3 to 4 years 17 16.83%
4 to 5 years 22 21.78%
5 to 6 years 16 15.84%
6 to 7 years 12 11.88%
7 to 8 years 3 2.97%
8 to 9 years 2 1.98%
more than 9 years old 5 4.95%
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:56 AM   #41
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My first reaction on seeing this thread was what kat said - that the title of the thread and the poll question are 2 different questions.

My first 2 desktops spanned 13 years, and I've had the current one for about 3 years. It looks like the average life of my desktops will continue to be 6-7 years.

I use my computer for various tasks other than e-mail and surfing - mainly audio recording and production, some ham radio applications, and the odd bit of Photoshop on medium-sized files, but nothing too taxing. No need for super-high processing speed or racy video cards here.

My screensaver used to be courtesy of SETI@home. I thought it was really neat that my PC could look for extra-terrestrial life when I wasn't using it.
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My oldest Mac is 25 years old.
1986. That's got to be the winning geriatric computer! Congratulations Kat!
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I usually keep components until they break beyond my ability to repair them. Until last month, my oldest computer equipment was my vintage 1993 HP 4l laserjet printer. Currently, my modem is vintage 1999, LCD monitor from 2003 and Mac Mini from 2005.
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I usually keep components until they break beyond my ability to repair them. Until last month, my oldest computer equipment was my vintage 1993 HP 4l laserjet printer. Currently, my modem is vintage 1999, LCD monitor from 2003 and Mac Mini from 2005.
Modem? Next you'll be talking about your stringy floppy...
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Where is my TRS-80? It's got to be around here somewhere.

Actually my first computer was an Atari 400.
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Modem? Next you'll be talking about your stringy floppy...
I still have some 8" floppies along with the FrugalFloppy drive that connects to the Intellect 8 S-100 bus development system. The Intellect 8 was upgraded to use the 8080 CPU from the original 8008. Yes, it still boots, but since I don't have an ASR-33 teleprinter, this gem is programmed strictly via the front panel switches and reads out via the accumulator state lights.
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Budget gamer, I spend $400 or so every 4-5 years. That just means a moderately upgraded power supply and video card thrown on a new basic rig. I also upgrade one or two parts in between, something usually comes up that needs an upgrade, last time it was a ssd OS drive. Turned out to be a very large performance boost. Spinning drives are a ridiculous bottleneck.

When I have more money (and time) I'll do a full blown gaming machine for $800-1k that has a serious processor, ssd, power supply, and cross-fired video cards.
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OMG, MPaquette, that's amazing. It has been a long time.
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Where is my TRS-80? It's got to be around here somewhere.

Actually my first computer was an Atari 400.
Ha. Mine was a Timex Sinclair. 2K RAM IIRC. You had to connect it to a pocket tape recorder for storing and retrieving programs/data.
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Where is my TRS-80? It's got to be around here somewhere.

Actually my first computer was an Atari 400.
Fun redirect. My first was an Osborne 1 in 1981 (wow, 30 years!). I was certain Osborne would be a big market player, they were bankrupt a few years later.

My Dad started with a TRS-80. How far we've all come...
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Fun redirect. My first was an Osborne 1 in 1981 (wow, 30 years!). My Dad started with a TRS-80. How far we've all come...
Wow, memory Lane Midpack. I had that same dual drive, CPM Osborne as my first work computer in about 82. I used it to create a disciplinary actions database. If I remember, they called it a "lugable"
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Wow, memory Lane Midpack. I had that same dual drive, CPM Osborne as my first work computer in about 82. I used it to create a disciplinary actions database. If I remember, they called it a "lugable"
It was portable, I was part of an Osborne users group that met weekly, we all brought our computers to each session. There were 20-30 of us geeks...
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I have a problem with the poll since it asks about one's 'newest or primary PC". Which is it? My primary PC had just passed the 3 year mark. My newest PC which has a very specialized use is less than a year old.
In any event, I figured out a long time ago that buying a mid level PC is the best deal. Buy, very low and I am replacing the PC in only about two years. Buy, to high and my super-duper PC is outclassed in a year by a mid-level PC at 1/2 the price. I replace my PC when it not longer functions in a useful way for me. That seems to be at about four years. LIke my cars, I tend to use them until they are an embarrassment!!
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Admittedly, I am a "late" adopter of technology and my laptop is 4 years old. My DH, however, has an incredible collection of computers including the Timex Sinclair he put together and a Commodore 64. He also used the TRS 80 at his semi-conductor job (they called it the Trash 80 back then) and the Osborne. He still operates on a Dell laptop with Unix software on a disk. We still use a dot matrix printer too.
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I have a problem with the poll since it asks about one's 'newest or primary PC". Which is it? My primary PC had just passed the 3 year mark. My newest PC which has a very specialized use is less than a year old.
As I stated in post #27, my poll construction was not well thought out, sorry. I was really after what's the interval between new PC's lately, and commenting that I thought it could be signficantly longer for most people these days where performance isn't the driver it once was with everything moving to the internet and/or cloud vs ever more demanding software driving ever more CPU speed and HD/RAM capacity.
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Printers I keep using until they die. My original IBM Proprinter lasted over 20 years, and when it gave out I obtained another from a thrift store for $5. My HP LaserJet is now over 20 years old, and thousands of pages later is still going. All part of LBYM.
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It was portable, I was part of an Osborne users group that met weekly, we all brought our computers to each session. There were 20-30 of us geeks...
I wasn't a geek (at least not a technical geek). We had a competition - regular workers wrote a proposal on what they would do with a micro-computer. The 20 top reviewed proposals won. The computers were a mix mash of devices. I got one of two Osbornes. Had real floppies in those drives. Fifteen years later when I moved over from HR to IT a couple of the people running that original program came to work for me.
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Here we go: Old Computers - rare, vintage, and obsolete computers

Brings back good (and bad) memories of computers past.
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Paid $600 for an HP Pavilion that was selling for $1200 new. It was 6 months old and the kid wanted to buy an iMac. Still works great (augmented by WD Passport drives): 2GB RAM 160 GB disk, XP.

What holds me back is installing all the sofware again.
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