of course I can’t talk. I’m on my second keyboard on a $399 Toshiba notebook that’s gotta be 4+ years old by now.

Well, you get the best you can manage when you can. If you get a decent unit, you can get 5-10 years of service out of a computer, even today. Plus, there *is* a benefit today in that outside of memory expansion capabilities, not a whole lot has changed in the past few years in consumer computers.

Graphics have. Sound hasn’t. CPU progress has been… eh.

Upgrading a video card + memory expansion are probably the two best things you can do. That and a solid state drive. They can give the illusion of speed and they can carry you through a long time.

I got my nephew an ancient computer when he was 6 yrs old for $149.00. Dual core, 2Ghz, 4G memory, I forget the HD size.

Now he’s gonna be 11. So, 5 years on an unit that was already old. The only upgrade I had to do was video card. I got a decent video card and now he can play games that aren’t even technically compatible with his system.

Keeping him at Win7 was a help. Teaching him how to clear cache, modify video settings, etc, putting on video editors that work with his system. He’s doing fine, making youtube videos, playing games, etc.

But yeah in xxxx  shoes, just gotta make better use of whatcha got for now. I’d check out the refurb units from Staples, etc online and see what their under $200 offerings are. If they have increased memory capacity, might not be a BIG upgrade, but might get a few more years before having to do the -BIG- upgrade.

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of course I can’t talk. I’m on my second keyboard on a $399 Toshiba notebook that’s gotta be 4+ years old by now.

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Yeah, the focus FINALLY went away from “speed speed speed”. Makes sense. Improvements in networking speeds were phenomenal and keep improving. Now the focus has been breadth of service: reaching as far as possible. The territories that were cellphone are starting to go Internet, allowing for greater access for more people.

As our computers become dumb terminals, raw power matters less and less.

With cloud computing, even less than that.

The thing is, they kinda reached the practical limit a long time ago.

It’s not that they CAN’T go faster, it’s just that there’s not much reason to. More progress has to be made in the video arena first anyway and storage capacities have been growing tremendously.

So, it’s good for consumers. We can hang onto equipment longer.

The web is ANCIENT now. HTML/CSS/javascript is old fashioned stuff but we’re still stuck with it. But because of that, it allows for an amazing amount of backwards capabitility, even if limited in some cases.

Still waiting for what will replace HTML/CSS/Javascript. I used to pin my hopes on various things but it’s hard for anything to overtake the dinosaur.

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Aw man, you got me jealous there, me sitting on my cheap laptop with cheap 2TB USB3 for occasional backup. I used to build-it-myself and you really *do* get _exactly_ what you want when you do. But man, after one laptop, then another, then a “netbook” which I spilled beer on, and now this one… I just got lazy along the way. Shit’s put together. No thinking.

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I’m kinda glad for the shift from computer –> smartphone lately. Instead of the web dominating, people have been congregating within Apps. The apps can do WHATEVER coding they like (more or less).and Gaming… I never would’ve imagined I’d see something like Steam arise: communities built around a downloadable customized browser setup, complete with built-in CB Radio chat, social network, gaming, groups, etc. It’s an alternate Internet for them.THEN, you have the consoles. They’re in a whole _other_ class.Still though, amazes me just how much is dependent upon “The Web”. You get a choice of three major browsers on most systems, some minor browsers, a whole slew of Webkit based browsers – you can even roll your own for free… and for most of us (including myself) that’s the window through which we work with the net most of the time.Then again, you have things like git. I never got involved with git, but that – and the Linuxsphere is whole OTHER Universe … like an international backup system that never ends.When I think of all of the systems functioning over simple TCP/IP…. all doing their things, all the people and systems connected together, I get warm fuzzies.

Revenge of the nerds indeed. like emoticon

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 My max-at-once was 6 simultaneously functioning systems, some interconnected, some separate. That was the 90s. Cobble together garage sale parts at first, then with $$ in hand, piecing computers, music, whatever all together.I’ve paired back tremendously. Even my smartphone is an iPhone 5s, and I never hacked it. I just tweak a little when I have to. But times are better now, even with less.
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 Someday I’ll take pictures of my “portable word process/laptop” collection. Some run off AA batteries. I went through a wild eBay phase a while back. If it had a keyboard and it was cheap, I wanted it. Had a typewriter fetish too at the same time. eBay was bad for me in the 00s but I had fun. And then there’s the Sharp Wizard OZ770, the Handspring Visor (which was my baby in 99-’02)… ugh, so much crap but all fun.
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 My Iphone 5s is my Sigalit. I have slight tablet envy at times but I’m satisfied with my tiny screen on that thing. My 2.5 yr old nephew has a Naboo? that’s bigger than my iPhone. Has a rubber baby bumber around it. Neat stuff.
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 I saw a 20″ Android Tablet for kids in the Target a year or two ago.I froze in place staring at that thing. I WANTED IT. $499. Then I didn’t want it. But I forsee my whole 6’x3′ tabletop being a tablet. I’m just waiting.

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 If you ever see a 6′ wide touch screen tablet (or monitor/input device), tag me on it. Know that you’ll get a grown man to drool on his shirt when you do.
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