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Articles expressing amazement over a 30 year old computer...

Post by Drew Sebastino » Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:46 pm

I thought you guys might get a kick out of this. I don't think the people who wrote these articles realize how little of an achievement this is...
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Post by 93143 » Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:06 pm

We had an Apple IIe and a IIGS in our classroom when I was in grades 5 and 6. Dot matrix printers and all. I wrote a story on the word processor on the IIGS and printed it off.

That is exactly how much of a hacker I was back then.

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Post by Oziphantom » Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:50 pm

People really don't understand computers.

I was taking some sewing lessons, the teacher was in her 50s if not 60s and she had such disdain for the computerized sewing machines. She would say that these modern computer things break and her old sewing machine was a true war horse and would out live all of these stupid computer things.

I asked her how often does she get the computer serviced? Never.. how often your sewing machine? every 6 months. So the never been touched computer lasts decades, while your sewing machine which is the same sewing machine, only your motor has been replaced twice, cam 3 times, dog legs 12, feed plate 5, your on your 30th bobbin casing, millionth needle, 10'000s of belts, hundreds of liters of oil machine is the weak thing that breaks all the time?

She didn't have a comeback...

But honestly an Apple product lasting 30years is a miracle in this modem age when they are all built to break in 2..

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Post by Banshaku » Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:56 pm

Oziphantom wrote: But honestly an Apple product lasting 30years is a miracle in this modem age when they are all built to break in 2..
2? You're such an optimist! My mbp screen started to peel in 1 year an the charger discolored in the same time period :lol:

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Post by Nioreh » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:12 am

Most people have no idea how a computer works. It's like magic to them. Why would something break down from sitting still in storage? Wouldn't surprise me if people think the electrons fall out or something.

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Post by tepples » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:25 am

That or people formed their expectation of electronic device longevity during the early 2000s cap plague. Or they're used to smartphones that quickly stop receiving security updates to their system software and/or whose rechargeable battery is not user-replaceable.

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Post by FrankenGraphics » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:50 am

Lots of laptops have a pretty short life span too, and aren't as serviceable. I think people have forgotten that this wasn't always the case. Before, people would upgrade to get more features / better performance. Now, they change laptop because the other broke.

I don't have good claim for this, but i seem to remember lots of netbook users complaining about their laptops getting too slow.
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Post by tepples » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:58 am

FrankenGraphics wrote:i seem to remember lots of netbook users complaining about their laptops getting too slow.
The problem here is different: web advertisements have become much heavier in CPU, RAM, and bandwidth as publishers and advertisers have become more desperate in trying to target ad placement to each individual user. When I used a netbook with an Atom N450 CPU (1 in-order core, 2 threads), the "tracking protection" feature of Firefox was a necessity, as it let light ads through while blocking the heavy ones.

That or they were trying to run Core i series tasks, such as video encoding or doing things in a dynamic language that a dynamic language wasn't made for, on an Atom CPU. Intel has improved the performance of its low-power laptop CPU (now called Pentium Silver) in recent iterations, but it's still no i7.

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Post by Banshaku » Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:38 pm

Another possibility can be the hdd starting to fail, which can be tricky to figure out.

Still, netbooks, when they became popular around 2010, I did get one and it was not really a good investment. A few years later, when smarphone became all the craze, normal notebook became quite cheap so except for the form factor, there was no reason to buy them anymore. At the time, it was the only affordable portable but now it's not the case anymore.

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