I got a note from Intel today advertising all the new computers that will get its latest, greatest chips. Supposedly these new chips, says Intel, are 50-100% faster than the chips most of us use now. These new chips will show up in all the — NEW — Windows 11 operating system computers — and they are already on the market. Dell, Asus, Acer, Lenovo — really, all PCs — are ready to go.
But — Windows 11?
Microsoft’s odd-numbered operating systems have been dicey and don’t work until the next even numbered version. This is because Microsoft doesn’t test their operating systems. They throw them out into the market and let us sort it out. When we have complained enough and have done all the testing they should have done, then they fix ithe system, so it’s always the next version which works well or at least better than the previous one.
But the thing is, I’m not unhappy with Windows 10. Aside from wishing the computer had more connections which is not an operating system issue but a machine design problem, it does what I need it to do. The best part? I own it. I’ve paid for it. I don’t owe money on it. From my point of view, that is as good as it gets.
My computer is 3 years old this month. It isn’t old. Moreover, I don’t have another thousand dollars plus to buy one more computer that does the same thing I can already do. I don’t think three years should be enough to make anything “old.”
I resent being told my over-priced and relatively new machine can’t be updated.
It’s not that they don’t make computers which cost less that theoretically could do the same or similar tasks — mostly photographic. It’s that they are putting fast but small solid state drives in the new machines.
I currently have a standard 1 TB drive and another 512 GB solid state drive (SSD) to hold applications and the operating system. Even with this much storage, I don’t have enough.
None of the machines they advertise would work without a significant storage upgrade which would turn a $900 machine into a $1500 machine in a nanosecond. I don’t have the money. If I did, there are other things I need to do with the funds. So rather than replace a good computer with one that runs a little bit faster, I’ll hang with this one. It runs as fast as I can work and a lot faster than I can type.
I think for all of us there comes an end to spending huge chunks of money when what we have works fine. I’ve spent a fortune on computers. I think I’ve had enough.