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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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3-4 Feb 3, 2014

I'd normally get a 3-4 year warranty, so once that expires, it's time to get a new one.

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Every 4 years Feb 3, 2014

At least I try. My last one (a Sony desktop running Windows 7) didn't last that long. I'm told that they're only designed to last 3 years. I started on a new one last August, also running Windows 7, after my previous one crashed beyond repair. I love the new one. I hope it lasts a long time so I won't have to face Windows 8 or whatever else they come up with in the future.

 

Mike Sadler  Identity Verified
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I upgrade bit by bit Feb 3, 2014

Over the years I've tended to upgrade components as and when, but 3 years ago I bought a Nofan completely fanless (i.e. silent) PC with a passively cooled quad output video card and a solid state hard drive. I currently have no intention of doing anything at all to it and hope it will last for many years.

 

José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Gradual upgrades Feb 3, 2014

I assemble my own PCs, so every time some part requires an upgrade, I replace that part with a "better" one.

I recall noticing, years ago, that my Pentium III computer was still using the Teac floppy drive that I had bought upon building my 386DX40. After that drive died, all others (most Mitsumi) had a short life, until the use of floppy disks died altogether.

My most recent upgrade was the video board. Now I'm replacing one of the DVD-RW drives, a Sony, because its laser-emitting diode is tired, past retirement age. It can no longer burn a DL disk completely. This Sony overlasted one Philips, one Lite-on, and two LG similar drives that once were its companions.

SpinRite put an end to replacing hard drives, they are all eternal now.

When Windows XP no longer allows me to do the job, I'll replace the motherboard and the AMD Sempron processor before moving to Windows 7. I've seen Windows XP and Windows 7 on almost identical netbooks, the latter is a lot heavier demands a much more muscle from the hardware.

This should make it obvious why I don't have a notebook.


 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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Every year Feb 3, 2014

I keep up-to-date and save tax at the same time.

 

Kuochoe Nikoi  Identity Verified
Ghana
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Depends Feb 3, 2014

Whenever the old one dies. Or gets stolen, as happened to me last year. :'(

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Other Feb 3, 2014

Usually whenever it conks out completely, which varies. Although as a user I usually get dragged kicking and screaming into upgrades regardless of whether I want them or not.

I currently have 2 PCs and 2 laptops. My main working PC runs XP; I prefer to keep working in this format because it's the only one I can use my CD dictionaries on. I have later versions of Windows and Office on the laptops in case I need them (I find them useful for proofing) but I really dislike most of the interfaces so am clinging on to XP for as long as I can.

PS: I'm actually thinking about reinstalling XP now!! before the support runs out, just to get it up to scratch, but my tech guy thinks I'm crazy..,.

[Edited at 2014-02-03 11:32 GMT]


 

José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
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XP forever! Feb 3, 2014

neilmac wrote:

I currently have 2 PCs and 2 laptops. My main working PC runs XP; I prefer to keep working in this format because it's the only one I can use my CD dictionaries on. I have later versions of Windows and Office on the laptops in case I need them (I find them useful for proofing) but I really dislike most of the interfaces so am clinging on to XP for as long as I can.

PS: I'm actually thinking about reinstalling XP now!! before the support runs out, just to get it up to scratch, but my tech guy thinks I'm crazy...


On the very week when Windows 98 was launched, I was in Southern California with a friend who was definitely "in" the IT circles. While we drove to a computer store to buy it, he said, This one will be good, but not the real thing yet. Microsoft has begun developing the Windows XP, which will be the best OS over many years in the future. They'll have a really hard time to supersede the XP, when time comes do do it."


 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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when needed Feb 3, 2014

Some computers were in good conditions for 3 years, some for 2, some for only 1... it depends

 

Mike Hunter
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updating computers Feb 3, 2014

I find it scary that some people let their only computer die before buying a new one, the impact on your business can be catastrophic if you don-t have the data properly backed up. You risk losing all your TMs and previous work for clients, as well as the project(s) you are working on at the time. When I worked freelance, I remember the trauma of being reliant on a single PC. Now I think everyone should have two computers running at the same time. If you back-up between them, you should suffer minimum data loss and be able to keep working if the unthinkable happens. If you buy one every two years, you should be able to always have two. I realise this is a big investment, particularly when starting out. I know big agencies and Google are offering cloud solutions, but I wouldn't trust them with valuable data like TMs.

 

Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
Hungary
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:( Feb 3, 2014

Kuochoe Nikoi-Kotei wrote:

Whenever the old one dies. Or gets stolen, as happened to me last year. :'(


sorry for your lossicon_frown.gif


 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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I'm in transit... after well over five years Feb 3, 2014

I have three computers, so I hope I'm backed up...

My trusty XP is puffing and panting to keep up with some of my clients, and my laptop continues with a very similar setup.
I now have a new monster installed with Windows 7, Studio 2014 and some of my CD dictionaries actually working.
I had to try it out last week, because a client had a mysterious file that would not open on the old computer, but worked like a charm in Studio 2014. I'm getting used to the rest, and will probably end up liking it.

I still have a lot of things to transfer from one to the other - or round off on the old computer and not transfer, but I hope the new one will see me through until I retire!

We are just easing my father over to an Ipad at the age of 93 - his second computer is falling behind and not worth updating. He had his first when he was 80.

I dream of the time when they can keep computers going like veteran cars! I really don't see the need for all the constant changes, although I do appreciate that Trados has come a long way since the old Workbench.

I was perfectly happy with WordPerfect 5.1, a blue screen (it was gentle on the eyes...) and NO MOUSE! (And in those days I had never heard of PDFs either...)

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Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
Hungary
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lifelong learning Feb 3, 2014

Mike Hunter wrote:

I find it scary that some people let their only computer die before buying a new one, the impact on your business can be catastrophic if you don-t have the data properly backed up. You risk losing all your TMs and previous work for clients, as well as the project(s) you are working on at the time. When I worked freelance, I remember the trauma of being reliant on a single PC. Now I think everyone should have two computers running at the same time. If you back-up between them, you should suffer minimum data loss and be able to keep working if the unthinkable happens. If you buy one every two years, you should be able to always have two. I realise this is a big investment, particularly when starting out. I know big agencies and Google are offering cloud solutions, but I wouldn't trust them with valuable data like TMs.


Its how I did before. I did not buy anything until did not see a blue death screen first time.
Since then I met a wonderful specialist who helped me so much to explore the PC world and understand how important the regular investment is.
I have an Intel (R) Core(TM) i5-2320 CPU with 8 GB RAM, with a Windows7 but a new video card would be an advantage.

Purchased an 1TB mobile flash memory a year ago, since then regularly update my "savings" in the end of the month.

And I have a virtual PC with Windows XP but my old Trados does not want to work at allicon_frown.gif all TMs saved but cannot invest to a new Trados right now...

[Módosítva: 2014-02-03 14:22 GMT]


 

DianeGM  Identity Verified
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Other .... Feb 3, 2014

At the first sign of serious obsolescence - usually that's signaled by the letters starting to disappear from the keys. I run a desktop and two laptops and I replaced all my old friends last summer. I'm having a bit of a more adversarial relation with my new(ish) laptops for some reasons this time around though.

[Edited at 2014-02-03 16:05 GMT]

[Edited at 2014-02-03 16:05 GMT]


 
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