Loaded up Windows 7 on Tiffany’s computer, she is very happy with it. It only took Mircosoft 8 years to produce a decent operating system. It is slick, nice, and steals ideas from just about everyone. But, I guess imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. It is one of the few times we went with the latest anything. XP was getting too old. With my computer, I am still typing happily away with Mandriva Linux 2008.1. I think I will wait for 2010 to come out before I update again. I am looking forward to trying KDE 4.3. or 4.4, and there are no plans to backport it to 2008.1.
I must say, I really like being on the lagging edge of technology. My 19″ LCD monitor is 8+ years old and has outlived 5 computers! No 16:9 for me, 4:3 baby. My computer case has seen 3 motherboards and processors, 4 power supplies, a 52X CD-ROM, a 16X CD-RW, a DVD-ROM, and 2 DVD-RW’s. It has seen a floppy drive come and go (replaced with a card reader). All in the same steel case. No aluminum here. The case weighs about 18lbs, empty, and has 4 5.25″ bays, 8(!) 3.5″ bays and spaces for 4 80mm fans. They don’t make ’em like this anymore, sonny.
Our netbook is not the latest and greatest, but very mature when we purchased it, with lots of reviews.
My LCD TV is no name and works just fine. I just got rid of my surround system, never used it. My newest game console is a PS2.
My point is, don’t go with the bleeding edge. I wish I could find the article in Wired about always buying 2 year old technology, if you can. It makes sense.
You know what this all adds up to? Reliable technology and money in the bank. I would much rather collect some more watches (that last damn near forever and will never be outdated) than the latest gadget.