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By Ciderick ·
I have noticed there are 2 distinct kinds of tech people...

Set 1 are the people who have really old PCs at home & devote love & energy into keeping them alive.

Set 2 are the ones with the latest Carlos Fandango bleeding edge PCs at home.

Which sort are you?

I personally have a dual SLI rig with 2 7900GTX graphics cards, 2Gig ram, 1 terrabye raid array running off an AMD FX-62 processor plus an older 64bit 3600 that I use as a media server (I am so 2nd set)...

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A painter's house is never painted, a roofer's house is never roofed...

by vanessaj In reply to Techs Home PCs

At least that's the way it is with me. Too busy with everyone else's computers, that when I finally do get home, I just want to be out of doors or just collapse in a chair with a drink in one hand and the remote in the other. My work computer is hot - my home computer sucks and cable is the only requirement.

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Cobbbler's children have no shoes

by JamesRL In reply to A painter's house is neve ...

I used to build my own, but I find I don't have time anymore, so the last two I have are factory refurbs, where I typically add a video and sound card.

I have all the spare parts for another computer once I put my mind to it, and I have a couple of lasers which jam that I can fix if I tear them down.

I also have an old Mac that I will give away as soon as I locate all the pieces (ethernet dongle, etc).

James

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Sounds like me

by w2ktechman In reply to Cobbbler's children have ...

I have 4 computers, none are cutting edge anymore, 2 are ready for Linux. 2 were built up by me, and 2 are refurbed and upgraded several times. I have a photo printer which needs minor work (hasnt been turned on in over a year. But instead of working on it I bought a CLJ to replace it.

When something happens, I just 'fix it' temporarily while I await the purchase of a new system, which will likely be a refurb media center.
But the way I see it, for what I do at home on it, I dont need the 'cutting edge', nor the expense of another cutting edge system

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and my home computer needs work

by xtra In reply to A painter's house is neve ...

I'm with Vanessa and I'll carry it a step further - I resent having to spend time fixing the blankety blank thing; I simply want it to work so I can check email, surf occasionally, type a letter, and maybe do a web page now and then.

I recently made the mistake of trying include that reliable old P2/350 running 98 standard edition in a small home network. As soon as I installed that blankty blank Linksys ethernet card, IE, Firefox, and any scheduled software updates such as spyware and antivirus started started crashing.

That was three months ago - and I been futzing with it on and off ever since. Earlier this week I finally applied the millenium edition upgrade that had been gathering dust for 5 or 6 years. Still can't access the internet on it - the only saving grace is that the network works good enough to share files to my laptop (the zip drive stopped working over a year ago, so my backups left something to be desired.)

The only thing that is more irritating than spending time fixing 'old reliable' is shopping for a replacement...

jh

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Keep it reiable! It's a tool.

by jeff.allen In reply to and my home computer need ...

My home PC is (and always has been) a tool of my trade, like my favourite screwdrivers and chisels. The older and more reliable they are the better they are for me. I spend all day on customers "lateset and greatest" trying to find out what "new" obstacles Mr Intel and Mr Micro$oft have put in the way of my work getting done. To be able to go home and KNOW I can just jump on the web, or login EASILY to work, is a godsend! Long live reliable PCs and operating systems! I don't need animated desktops and rounded characters, as long as I can RELIABLY catch up on my work when I get home.
My machine a celeron 400 (integrated everything) with 40Gb disc (30% used) and ME which is stable, reliable, does everything I want and seems less prone to being hacked.

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say what?

by foulere In reply to and my home computer need ...

"That was three months ago - and I been futzing with it on and off ever since. Earlier this week I finally applied the millenium edition upgrade that had been gathering dust for 5 or 6 years."

-- Ummm, that may be part of your problem. Since when is going from 98 to ME an "upgrade"? Do you not support Windows in your job? As far I'm concerned, ME is the ******* child of the Microsoft family. Especially on that kind of hardware. There's "old worthy of keeping up because it's still viable" and "old good for the recycling center". Otherwise you're just wasting your time (with Windows anyway).

"I resent having to spend time fixing the blankety blank thing; I simply want it to work so I can check email, surf occasionally, type a letter, and maybe do a web page now and then."
"The only thing that is more irritating than spending time fixing 'old reliable' is shopping for a replacement..."

-- You don't seem to like anything that's fun about this line of business!

good luck.

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Update - no more futzing

by xtra In reply to say what?

Foulere,

Just a quick update.

Your observation "You don't seem to like anything that's fun about this line of business!" is only partially correct. I'm primarily a programmer/analyst who grew up on big iron and who remembers coding basic programs on paper tape and connections through a 200 baud acoustic couplers. So that probably qualifies me as 'old fart'. For me desktop hardware is a blessing and a curse - I now have more computing power on my desktop than I had in a roomfull of computers way back when... However, I'd rather not have to deal with hardware (it belongs in the back room.) Give me a business problem to solve or a program to write and I have a great time.

Anyway, I finally bit the bullet and picked up a flat panel monitor, all in one 'printer' and new dual processor machine. Everything works like a charm right out of the box. Now I have to get everything I use loaded on it, grrrrrr. With luck it will last me another 8-10 years.

What it comes down to is that what I do at work isn't what I want to do at home - for me life means more than techology and my daily workdose is enough - my home PC is a necessary evil.

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amazing responses.

by fungus-among-us In reply to A painter's house is neve ...

Wow... it's hard to believe that there are actually people who work in the "IT" field that don't own a computer at home. I fully understand that you are "repairing/updating and administering" at work, but you are not dealing with co-workers at home. Additionally, the equipment (hardware/software) that you place in your home is not something that has been "forced" upon you, as it may have been at work. I guess it's kinda like when I was an automotive technician and found out one my co-workers (fellow grease monkey), didn't maintain his own vehicle. I guess it was worth paying someone else for doing something he could have easily done himself, to be able to spend that time doing what he wanted to do (drink beer and watch football - lol).

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Kinda Sorta

by bookkeeper In reply to A painter's house is neve ...

I kind of the same way to busy with everybody elses computer to worry about mine although i did recently build a new one this last year pretty spiffy, but the one before that was well over 5 years so once in 5 every 5 years not exactly keeping up with the Jones.

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3rd Set??

by CdnTech In reply to Techs Home PCs

I must be in the third set or middle of the road for I have neither a really old PC nor a smokin' bleeding edge machine.

Mine is an Aria box running an AMD 3000+, built in 64MB video, 1GB Ram / 120GB SATA / DVD +/- RW / built in multi-card reader. I am also using a 10year old keyboard (w/ usb adapter) on this system...so I guess I have a foot in both worlds....not outlandishly old but not exactly new either. LOL.

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