Apparently now the earmark for “old” has graduated to full-fledged Pentium 4s, running at 2.53Ghz and maybe even faster, which are sluggish and need lightweight environments and applications to work acceptably. And even then, they’re relegated to NAS servers or e-mail machines.
I’m not even going to fight that battle any more. I gave a few suggestions, but it’s no use trying to convince people that machines running at two-and-a-half gigahertz can handle full Gnome setups. If a machine that fast is slow, it’s because Gnome is just plain slow (which it is), or as is probably the case for that machine, it needs a little more memory.
But if the general consensus is that Pentium 4 machines are now castoffs, I can only wonder where we’ll be in another year and a half. Will I be finding dual cores in the junk aisle of my local recycle store?
I can only hope. If John Q. Public can be convinced that his current computer is “too old” and “too slow,” then I am the beneficiary of John Q.’s relative ignorance. Throw it out, and I’ll be waiting in the alley with a butterfly net, hoping to snag it before it hits the pavement. Wouldn’t want to scratch the case, of course.
It’s an antique.
Which means I have to start paying a little more for parts or upgrades. If my power supply for my 550Mhz Thinkpad suddenly takes a nose dive, I’m out US$60 plus shipping, just to get it back on its feet.
Which is not attractive. But if you think I’m going to drop all my Pentium IIIs and suddenly shift my perspective just to save a few bucks, you are sadly mistaken. So long as my Inspiron will turn on, I’ll keep using it. And maybe even longer.
And in another year and a half I’ll be writing a post entitled, “A dual core machine IS NOT OLD!”