Edit: Unfortunately, the images originally included in this post are gone, because of hosting problems in late 2009. My apologies.
In November 2005 I bought a Dell Inspiron XPS M170 with all the bells and whistles. I spent over $3000 on it, and about six months later I unloaded it on ebay for about $2000. I enjoy telling people that for a while I had a top-of-the-line, cutting-edge laptop and it only cost me a grand.
Part of the reason I sold it was the advent of dual core machines and knowing it was fast becoming obsolete. The other reason was Linux, which I started using regularly on New Year’s Day, 2006.
Within a few months, I realized that the $3000 laptop was no longer necessary, and that all the things I wanted to do with a computer I could do with Linux on an older, cheaper machine. My monstrous XPS M170 had been obsoleted by a 1Ghz machine built almost six years earlier.
I wouldn’t ever buy another $3000 computer, because I know now that the hardware I kept pushing for is unnecessary. I don’t need 2Gb of RAM, or a 7800GTX, or a 2.26Ghz Pentium M. For me, those “requirements” just aren’t required any more.
So long as I can play the games I like, watch the movies I like and surf the Web sites I like, a new machine is pointless. Moore’s law only affects me as a consumer if I can’t get things done with the technology that falls beyond its limit. Otherwise, I’m fine. And maybe another Linux user is also fine without a fancy new computer. And another. And another.
That’s bad for Dell, and bad for business in general. If we can’t be coerced to buy the newest, most expensive computer available, then we’re looking at an industry slump, and a weak market for computer sales.
And that could have repercussions for the chip industry. And since tech stocks are a heavy influence on the overall market picture, a weakness in that area could spell an economic downturn nationwide. Joblessness. Unemployment. A slip in the national standard of living.
And when America is depressed, the rest of the world feels it. America is the moody, crabby bellwether cow for the rest of the planet, and if the U.S. of A. gets grumpy, it casts a sour funk worldwide.
And that is bad for humanity, period. The human race is doomed if it can’t work itself out of a bad day and do something to improve itself.
That’s why, for the sake of industry, the sake of America and the sake of mankind, I call on everyone to do the good thing, the right thing and the patriotic thing by buying yourself a new, expensive computer. Linux is just bad for business, for the economy, for America and for every human being on the planet. Buy a new computer and take part in the Windows evolution. Make the world a better place. Like I have.
Er, wait. Sorry. Wrong screenshot. That’s my 300Mhz Pentium II running Ubuntu 6.10 with LookXP set to the Vista theme. My mistake.
P.S.: Heh, dugg. :D