The Love bug..

@vandana7 (64711)
India
August 7, 2012 11:39am CST
Ok..this is about my age old computer..and not the movie.. I love it..honest..its is now celebrating its 10th Birthday. And slow, as you can expect. And not very efficient ..it does sulk every now and then..and I do call its doctor once in a while and it costs me some because parts are slowly disappearing from the market. I am finding it very hard to let go of it..:( I am finding excuses to cling to it. I mean..I dont need a faster processor (thats a lie), after all I dont do much work on it (are you kidding..my worksheets take ages to load).. So..when do you throw your electronic gadgets or electrical gadgets? Do you think of repairing it till it can no longer be functional? Out here, repairing such things is dirt cheap. So we keep on using our computers, our television sets, our mixies, and even cars and motor bikes till they are worth nothing or can be exchanged for a decent sum. I honestly cant afford to dedicate the space it is occupying ..and I need a new one..what should I do? Dilemma..
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@thesids (22358)
• Bhubaneswar, India
7 Aug 12
Dear Vandana I too belong to your country and do agree that repairing Electronic Items is "dirt cheap" (and wished that repairing or attempting to repair oneself was that cheaper too) I too am passionate, emotionally attached to my computer. It celebrates its 11th birthday this September when I celebrate my 38th Birthday! I migrated from Windows that kept me needing the latest hardware to Ubuntu and Fedora. I do miss Photoshop but then I dont do web-designing anyways. So my computer still remains fine with all those 11year old configs. Even as the loads remain less, the Hard Disk, memory all are still fine. Ah, yes, i changed my Keyboard and the CD ROM devices(now DVD Drives) many times as dust and ants shortened their lifespan. I would recommend you to migrate to Ubuntu - it has Libre Office which is somewhat similar to MS Office and all docs and spreadsheets from MS Office (even the 2007 and 2010) versions open fine. It also supports Skype and many other utilities. For others... I continue with o without repairs (my bike is 13 years old and is maintained well - still gives me 65 kmpl in town, that is a different thing that I rarely drive today) Maybe all this is because I cannot afford new ones
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@vandana7 (64711)
• India
7 Aug 12
Hey sids, nobody in this world can really afford new ones.. I mean..we all can do with a little bit of conserving and less of consumerism. :) Yes, I like old things, and get attached to them, and if I replace them and anything bad happens, I blame the new gadget or car..lol So u see, I am kind of ..superstitious? At times..lol
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@topffer (34060)
• France
7 Aug 12
Skype belongs to Microsoft now, but works better on Linux than the voip software provided by my ISP. When you see that Linux has less than 10% users in the world, you realize that consumerism has still a future.
@thesids (22358)
• Bhubaneswar, India
8 Aug 12
#vandana: I never understand things the right way the first time
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
13 Aug 12
I know the depth of your love ... Once an electronic gadget does not work properly, I would just change it with a new one. Sometimes the new one was not as expensive as the old one, or was not as brilliant as the old one, but I didn't want to get caught with madness.... like swearing over a computer... when it does not follow our orders.
@vandana7 (64711)
• India
13 Aug 12
I can relate to that..it once used to be ony my baby, but by now it has gone through all roles..sweetheart, love, old hag, my baby..lol All love and cajoling..
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
14 Aug 12
I see... so it hasn't turned up to be a ... bugger!
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
14 Aug 12
Wow, this is only one computer. What else are you holding for 10 years? Cell phone? That cushy mushy sofa? Kidding.... The one thing that I am unable to part with is book. And I have more than 500 books (novels mostly). At the moment I don't have enough space on the shelf so I rein in buying books...
@Buchi_bulla (8299)
• India
9 Aug 12
So you say old is gold. But sometimes maintaining an old device will be very costly and will eat our time too. Hence leave emotional bondage with your computer and please change it.
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
11 Aug 12
I agree Buchi, it's really costly to maintain an old device as I have experience this every now and then. The "f" of my netbook keyboard doesn't work and sometimes it would keep on occurring . And I couldn't get it stopped no mater how hard I try to I was told to get a bran new one with paying just a few more hundreds. I followed the computer shop technician's suggestion and bought a usb keyboard. But it's not convenient to work on the attached keyboard especially this small netbook is bought purposely for net surfing away form home. Have you bought your new pc? It's polite for me to know if it's a desktop or laptop dear Have a nice day
@vandana7 (64711)
• India
13 Aug 12
Hi Buchi..hugs. :) So far, its been fairly easy to manage and not that expensive to maintain. Somebody told me I can sell it for 5000 bucks. Give me a break..I bought it for almost 10 times that. lol. Of course, I have got much more than my investment from it, but its been like a friend in need. And it has kept me smiling with those songs and movies. The thought that its organs will be pulled out mercilessly and eventually it would become a road fill makes me sad.
• India
16 Aug 12
Hai Ikbooi, I have not yet purchased my new PC. My daughter and son-in-law ask me to go in for a laptop. Recently I had been to their house and worked in their laptop. But it just slips and without my knowledge the sites change and emails change and not easy to work on laptop. My daughter says after sometime it gets adjusted. In the meantime, my younger daughter's marriage is fixed for next month, hence I am busy with that work. Further I need my son's help to buy a PC as I do not know what details to see for and he is working elsewhere. Hence buying PC is getting postponed. I need Ikbooi and Vandana's blessings for my daughter.
@Jotomy (6355)
• India
8 Aug 12
Hi vandana, well you can get repaired the old computer, but i feel it is good to get a good new super fast computer and keep this computer for just other works. My computer is almost 3 years old and now i feel i may get a better computer for my online works and for watching movies. Have a nice day.
@vandana7 (64711)
• India
8 Aug 12
Not that rich to accommodate two computers..dad already has his laptop. So I am just clinging to this one..only when it is a true write off, will I accept the truth may be. :)You are doing online works? What works..:)
@vandana7 (64711)
• India
20 Aug 12
I do some online writing, but honestly, I have scaled it down considerably. I seem to get tired too..old age. Thank god for whatever he has done and given me so far. On my own, without god's help, I dont think I could have reached this level. Today, I am comfortable..one thing is dad has written the will which means my relatives will not be able to deny me things during my lifetime. That is a huge comfort. Though legally I am entitled to it, a will that clearly mentions that relatives will never be entitled to it, clearly puts their claims and rights in jeopardy. Their claims will not hold so I am safe..at least I think so, and that has helped to calm financial fears.
• India
20 Aug 12
Hi friend, you used your system for around 10 years, really it is a great thing, it is the high time to change your system. My system is just a year old, recently i bought it by exchange, just exchange your old system and buy a new one
@vandana7 (64711)
• India
21 Aug 12
New systems dont last as long as the old ones, do you know that? :) Anyway, function determines the need, and I found that I dont need it for advanced functions, effectively I dont need a sophisticated system. Right? :) Have a good day. :)
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
11 Aug 12
Hi vandana7, for the caring of environment as well as saving money, I always do my best to get all the old appliances repaired if they are worth to be repaired. In case they are really to do so I would send they to the old stuffs collecting center to make a few penny back At least there would be something eh...lol...Also they could be recycled. To be frugal, I learn to be patient and always get expensive items during on sale. Very often I can get what I'm looking for with lower price We have to treat ourselves nicely especially on the item that we are using all the time. I'm more than willing to get a brand new laptop with fast speed and big capability for the convenience and joy working on it. Happy posting
@vandana7 (64711)
• India
11 Aug 12
Patience is the key. :) Topffer advised that hold it since I dont need it for complex stuff that requires faster processors. :) In the meanwhile, I will keep my eyes and ears open for new one that will be perfect for my budget. :) Thanks for sharing and I am so glad u r quite like me in this aspect. :)
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@luxlyangels (1286)
8 Aug 12
When I get enough money to replace old gadgets, I do not hesitate, newer models of technological gadgets makes our experiences with it more easy. Makes life easier for us too.
@vandana7 (64711)
• India
13 Aug 12
I dont think I am seeking a technological experience at my age. I am looking at the functions that I have got accustomed to, and those are fairly well served by this unit. I mean you could say it scores more than 90 percent. So the plans to discard it are shelved for now.
@shibham (17025)
• India
8 Aug 12
Hi aai... I have not ever thrown away or sold my old items used by me. I had one bi-cycle that i rode on my college years. Later when i brought my bike, i donated my cycle to a poor guy. Well, my computer is also not new. Now, i am facing some problems and the major problem is automatic shut down. It turns off automatically. I know it is a problem of windows and i will repair it shortly. Have a nice time.
• Philippines
8 Aug 12
I am not sure but maybe you could upgrade it? If not, you really need to change your computer since it has been there with you for ten years. Normally, a computer that has a life of ten years is already slow. And the fact that you still love it means that you are really patient LOL :) If you want to keep the computer, I suggest you deleting files that you no longer need. Since your computer has been with you for ten years now, I am sure that it also has ten years worth of data. Delete those from the past, I am sure you could some space back. Happy mylotting.
@vandana7 (64711)
• India
8 Aug 12
That is great news..yes. I think I should spend time deleting files..it really needs a lot of cleaning..:) Upgrading is not possible..and honestly, I was only hoping it would last me at least till 2017 when some of my home loans get over. So pulling along.:) 10 gone, 5 more to go kind..:) But ur suggestion is really appreciated.
@flapiz (4152)
• Australia
8 Aug 12
Well I can totally relate to your attachment to your old computer because I tend to hoard old things myself. But, if it is not anymore helping you to work efficiently I guess you should switch to a new one after all we use computers to make work faster and not to slow it down right? You could still keep the old one someplace in your house as display if you can't bear to part with it.
@Micmac (8453)
7 Aug 12
I have a bunch of old stuff, electronics and gadgets I refuse to throw away. My mom has the olden hi fi turntable stereo phonograph and we listen to her old vinyl album collection. She won't part with it. I have old slow computers, still in working condition and I don't want to kiss those babies goodbye . I can still play my old games on them and use my floppy disks. Like you, I'm attached to them just like cuddling my childhood teddy bears. I have a friend who never got a new television, he still has the black and white tv and doesn't bother with all the new digital electronics. If you're stuck with your old pc, then hang on to it until you save up for a new one because in the long run you may have to spend more to update it and it won't run the new softwares. Vanda, maybe you can find a good inexpensive used new computer somewhere? Nice to see you back dear mylotting ; I miss you as you had vanished for awhile. I was asking my friend, where is your aunty V? and he didn't know either.. so I thought you were on vacation.
@vandana7 (64711)
• India
8 Aug 12
Yeah..I had a typing game..and I was searching for them on old CDs..floppies..I dont have drive anymore..:( But I had very good games on that..especially chess game I used to win..lol Yeah, I have been away..pa underwent two cataract operations within these two and a half months and he can be such a baby ..needs to be pampered and scolded. :) Cant say I am complaining. :) It brings us closer..:)
@natliegleb (5186)
• India
7 Aug 12
i start throwing it whenever i feel bored and its time to get a new one,not always,i hate repairing since we cant guarantee for how long its gonna work.its best and also we need to eliminate redudant space always
@vandana7 (64711)
• India
7 Aug 12
Apparently, u can afford it.. :) There was a time, when I couldnt. :) So I used this system to earn me monies. Now that I can afford, why should I leave this system that helped me tide over bad times? That is the kind of affinity I have with it.. do you understand my feelings for it? :)
@alberello (4755)
• Italy
7 Aug 12
Well, as you know, we're now living in the era of consumerism. In practice, all over the world, the saying applies "disposable." What a waste! Above all computers are the first to be affected by aging and passing capacity factor. Standing behind the technology, in theory, we should change the computer at least once every year! Seems ridiculous to me, what do you think? But talking about your case, I think I understood that your PC is too old, so I think perhaps not worth the effort expend money for repairs. I do not know, nor I want to allow to know your budget money. But if I were you, and above all I could afford it, I would change that computer with a new one.
@vandana7 (64711)
• India
7 Aug 12
I can afford it today, but some kind of loyalty holds me back. :) Its been there with me through hard times. So it is not easy for me to bid it good bye. :)
@Visdude11 (212)
• Norway
7 Aug 12
No. I do not keep my old stuff. I throwedn away my old electronics a long time ago. Now I got everything new :)
@vandana7 (64711)
• India
7 Aug 12
I wish I could. :)
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
7 Aug 12
I can understand your dilemma Vandana.We do become emotionally attached to some gadgets especially when they have served us as donkeys[the poor things].I changed my mixie with a very heavy heart after a long time; there was an exchange offer and I changed it.My gas stove was discarded after 20 years and exchanged[though I still feel I could have clung on to my old one]. But it has been different with my computer. As such there has been a very short life span for my son's laptop but my desktop also has not followed the usual tradition of mine.THe first one was a fiasco and was exchanged after 5 years and the second one was quite good but became very slow and I could not manage it.I bought another new one after 5 years. I did feel bad about it but I bought the same brand again and this gives a weird solace to me.People may find it silly but I feel I have been loyal to the computer.It had to be done . It is high time you changed yours.
@vandana7 (64711)
• India
7 Aug 12
You are like me!!!! Yeah..it feels disloyal..its been there with me through hard times..
@riyauro (6430)
• India
7 Aug 12
okay after reading your discussion, I think you should go for a new one. I know it is dirt cheap for you to have it repaired but it won't be as efficient as a new one, keeping in mind it is 10 years old. So i guess you should a new one. have a good day.
@vandana7 (64711)
• India
7 Aug 12
I was not getting the right word..I feel I am being disloyal to it. :) I use a mixie that is about 30 years old? And my gas stove is about 20 years old, and my pressure cooker is about 30 years old, and our two wheeler is 25 years old, and our car is about 15 years old..lol I do have difficulty in letting it go because it is not yet 15..lol Do you feel similar pangs ..when you have to let go of say your mobile or other things?