Happy Birthday to you…Happy Birthday to you….Happy Birthday my trusty desktop computer…you are 3 years old, today.
A Hewlett-Packard a510n, it has been a reliable and predictable, performing remarkably well, with few repairs. Since the life expectancy of a desktop is about 5 years, and this computer has all the features I will need (as long as I stick with XP sp2 Pro) it should last a few more years.
However, there is noticeable slowing after I update my third-party software, since the release of Vista. All third-party software is being updated by their developers so it will run with Vista. The updates for the software that runs with XPsp2 are now bloated, and the software itself is using more memory, so it can co-exist with Vista, despite the fact I am still running XP sp2 Pro.
So what to do.. buy a new computer? Buy a new desktop computer? Buy the laptop I’ve always wanted? OR Simply upgrade the RAM in my current desktop to give it a few more years of life without struggling along like it is now. Maybe I’ll do both, or all of the above, but realistically I’m far from rich so that is just a dream.
Think simple…Think cheap!