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Poll: How old is your computer?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "How old is your computer?".

This poll was originally submitted by Marion Schimmelpfennig

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chopra_2002  Identity Verified
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And if a person has two or more computers.. Jan 27, 2006

....with different ages, what should he mention)

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Fabio Scaliti  Identity Verified
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Continuous upgrade Jan 27, 2006

Hi everybody,

I voted "1-2 years"; I bought mainboard, CPU, RAM, HD and most critical components in October 2004, but since then I have been upgrading the system continuously by replacing the video card, adding 512 MB RAM and an additional hard disk, changing my monitor with a 19" flat-screen (the best investment I could do for my eyes) and many other minor modifications.

This way I hope that my PC continues serving me faithfully for the coming 2 years, since it bases on a 3.2 Ghz Pentium IV. But I believe that constantly investing in this major "work tool" is unavoidable, also because it represents one of the few tax-deductible expenses we have as translators.

Bye,

Fabio


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Alicia Casal  Identity Verified
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New Jan 27, 2006

Mine is new. i left the old one as "spare tyre".

Alicia


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Kirill Semenov  Identity Verified
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Updates Jan 27, 2006

Fabio Scaliti wrote:
I voted "1-2 years"


Hi Fabio,

Yes, me too, I 've been upgrading my computer since the moment when I first bought it (1996). Changing this or that, so now there is no detail left from that the first configuration which I bought 10 years ago. Anyway, a computer is like a LEGO game: you can change any part of it. So, I selected `1-2 years' option, too - this is the average term, but during the last year I changed my motherboard and videocard, added more RAM, installed a DVD reader/burner, and so on. Is it still my `old' computer? I'm not sure...


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Marion Schimmelpfennig  Identity Verified
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More computers / new parts: Jan 27, 2006

langclinic wrote:

And if a person has two or more computers with different ages, what should he mention)


I would refer to the newest computer

kirill wrote:

I 've been upgrading my computer since the moment when I first bought it (1996). Changing this or that, so now there is no detail left from that the first configuration which I bought 10 years ago. Anyway, a computer is like a LEGO game: you can change any part of it. So, I selected `1-2 years' option, too - this is the average term, but during the last year I changed my motherboard and videocard, added more RAM, installed a DVD reader/burner, and so on. Is it still my `old' computer? I'm not sure...


I voted brandnew too because I just had my mainboard, RAM, harddrive etc replaced. Wow, it's fast


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Sandra C.
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upgrades too Jan 27, 2006

my Mac is from 2000, so I chose >4 years, but we've done many upgrades on it, so it's really not the same computer anymore!

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Konstantin Kisin  Identity Verified
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regular upgrades Jan 27, 2006

My gaming needs force me to regularly update my computer. The only original component in my PC, other than the case, is the CPU. Everything else is new

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Parrot  Identity Verified
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Oops! Jan 27, 2006

Marion Schimmelpfennig wrote:

I would refer to the newest computer


Got me there. I put 3-4 because my main PC is around that age (the motherboard, anyway) but it keeps growing in the way Kirill says. The "spare tyre" - a protable unit - is brand new but will be bound to age faster (rather hard to modify, like portable PCs).


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Rebecca Barath  Identity Verified
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Happy to say brand new! Jan 27, 2006

I am happy to say mine is brand new! As of Tuesday!
I was fighting with a 5++ year old with so many upgrades it wasn't funny! And I finally realized that if I was to be able to continue jamming it full of new stuff I needed to buckle down and call Dell! Getting all the info I needed from my old one was no picnic, since I was advised by my "PC guru" not to load from one unit to the other, quote:" don't bring the old problems to the new one!" So, after 12 hours of cursing and calling my guru it is now up and running. Hubby now has a "spare tire" to play with!


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Heidi C  Identity Verified
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mine is 3 years old. Not sure I need something newer right now... Jan 27, 2006

... though I could not live without my computer and cannot figure out how we ever managed without them (do I sound old?) and was among the first translators I know who started working with a computer!

Nevertheless, I am stuck with "inheriting" my son's computers when they get a new one. The truth is they need more memory and newer systems than I do... So this is my third aquisition!

Of course, each upgrade feels great; but also, each time I feel there is a smaller difference with the computer I had before. Actually, this last change really was almost unnecessary (I can still use the previous one and the only difference is the connection with the Internet, and I think that is due to a configuration error and is not the old computer's fault)
And when I use my son's new laptop (which has all my programs installed), there really is no difference...

What I would feel would make a difference would be getting a newer monitor! but that is not a new computer...


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Juan Jacob  Identity Verified
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Old and brand new. Jan 27, 2006

I've got 7 computers:
1 from 2000 (almost out of order, of course), 3 from 2003, 3 from 2005.
Prices going down and technological improvements make us change them every 2/3 years.


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Robert Zawadzki  Identity Verified
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I chosen the one I work most frequently on when translating... Jan 27, 2006

langclinic wrote:

....with different ages, what should he mention)


... which happens to be the oldest one at home. Children need more advanced machines to dress dolls and chop these nasty aliens...

In fact I use all three computers I have at home. Simply my Trados and dictionaries do not need as much power as Visual Studio, Virtual PC, IIS and all the stuff I use for my IT job.


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Prokop Vantuch  Identity Verified
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PC + laptop Jan 27, 2006

I've got a good combination - desktop+laptop. Desktop from 2004, laptop from 2005. Definitely the most practical combination. I've also recently bought an external harddisk (250GB) for my laptop. Very good thing, too.

Prokop


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Angela Dickson  Identity Verified
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George Washington's Axe Feb 2, 2006

[holds up axe]

This is George Washington's axe.

A few years ago I replaced the handle.

More recently I replaced the head.

It's George Washington's axe.

My computer is like that! And is super-fast and does what I want it to do.


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