We’ll get to that in a minute. Here’s what you can do with your old one . . .
If your existing computer is more than 2 years old, it’s probably time to buy a new one. Upgrading a 2 year old computer is like buying new parts for a 1950s washing machine.
More often than not, it’s cheaper to get a new one. Sadly, this is the throw-away society that we have all so dubiously embraced. Coffee pod, anyone?
But don’t throw your old computer away. You might get a few bucks on Ebay for it, but unlike the old washing machine, a mature computer is probably more valuable to keep than sell. I use an old Dell Inspiron (laptop) as a complex mp3 player. While it’s a bit slow compared to my (relatively) new i7 Toshiba P57(A) laptop, it has a 10 hour battery and I can take it to a cafe where I can write and code all day long.
8 things you can do with your old computer
- Turn it into a server (don’t give it too much to do though)
- Donate it to a school, charity or church.
- Give it to a relative.
- Dedicate it to distributed computing (Cure cancer or find aliens)
- Use it as a game server
- Use it to play old games (like Galaxian)
- Set it up as a light-duty living room PC (for surfing / emails)
- Run Linux
You can always give your old laptop to the kids and let them smash it up with a hammer (boys) or pull it apart gently and put flowers in the circuit boards (girls).
New Laptop or Desktop?
The question is whether to buy a laptop or a desktop.
I mainly use a desktop computer. A wonderful, water-cooled i7 which I built with a friend using the latest and best parts.
But to be honest, when I got a laptop I found it nearly twice as useful. I can, literally, take my entire work-life with me.
Doesn’t that sound great?
Desktops are still better value for money. You get a lot of bang for your buck. You can house a whole swag of HDDs (hard disk drives) and media specific cards such as 3 monitor graphics cards using ultra high definition and Wifi dongles etc.
With laptops I usually pay about 20% extra for the same specs as a desktop. But you get portability.
In the case of Apple computers (what the hell’s happening there?) you pay quite a bit extra for build, outer design and software usability.
There’s nothing cooler than sitting under a tree with your Macbook Pro – editing a movie.
Remember . . .
“It all starts with the chip”
So they say . . .
Edwin wrote his first (Harrier Jump Jet) text adventure computer program in 1982 during the Falklands War. He now builds websites using best practice, future-proof web development, Ad marketing & SEO. He at Curtin Uni and OUA where in 2007 he was voted 5th best lecturer (out of 2,500) over all disciplines taught in Australia. He loves sharing what he knows with Australian businesses.