The Desktop PC Finally Dies
After seven years, my old desktop computer finally died. The new year is here, the cold weather set in and a couple of days ago my desktop PC finally gave up for good, breathed its last breath, gave up the ghost. Well, I had moved on a few years ago to a couple of laptops, net books and an iPhone, but that old PC had lasted me a whole seven years, stored loads of memories and photographs, all my business endeavors and a writing. Don’t worry, I did have backups.
Before my desktop PC died, it became very sick. It slowed down and remained slow, like an old person slows down as the years passed by. Even with anti-virus software, anti-spyware software, the old bugger just couldn’t keep up with the advance of modern technology. But that’s okay because over the years it had been very reliable. And it lasted a whole seven years! Imagine that!
Over the seven years I had also bought a laptop and a couple of net books because I liked the transportability of the laptop and net book. I could shove them in a back pack or large sized purse and off I went to a coffee shop, to work or wherever I traveled. Nice, handy and convenient. I gave away the first laptop and net book I owned to a couple of friends in another country where laptops and net books are very expensive.
Then came the time last September when I had to buy a new laptop for myself. That was an adventure in itself. It took me four trips, four laptops before I finally got one that actually worked! These were new brand name laptops and each one fizzled after I had loaded all my programs and files onto the new laptop. The first one (a Toshiba) just fizzled after being switched on a few times; the Microsoft logo just spun around a few times and then never got past the distortion. The second laptop started heating up and then after being turned off for 12 hours, it was still hot, hot, hot! On third laptop, only one of the three ports worked, rendering it useless. On the forth purchase, I finally found a laptop that worked, an Asus. Can you believe how frustrated I was? I had to load up and then delete all my files off brand new laps three times and return it to the store. Finally with the forth laptop, I found success.
The guys at the computer store told me that they don’t make laptops like they used too; the same situation with cars today. They don’t make ‘em like they used to. Laptops are mass produced, the price keeps getting lower and lower and quality goes out the window.
My boss kept saying to me I should get a MAC, but the problem is, I can’t afford a MAC. However, trying to buy a new laptop four times has made me seriously consider that my next laptop is going to be an Apple brand. We’ll see.
Anyways, my desktop PC – a whole seven years old, always old and reliable, died. I switched it on, I got that blue screen of death, I turned it off and then it just never came back to life. I tried again and again, but it never revived. But that’s okay, it’s served me well, was reliable and lasted probably longer than any laptop these days will last. And yes, if you’re curious, I had backed up all my files so I never lost anything.
It’s going to be the last desktop PC I ever own. As I took the old computer devices apart, I found myself with a lot more room in my office. Funny how much space those old desktops took up, kind of like the old stereo systems we all used to own. Frankly, my life feels a little lighter now the old, reliable desktop is gone. I’ve got space and that’s nice now that I’m trying to simplify my life.