It’s that time again. It’s time for me harp about buying a new computer for Christmas. I know, I know: This is the third year in a row. But the times don’t change, and the situation is the same every year.
And I know it’s pointless. The people who are set on buying new computers are going to bicker with me, or rationalize the purchase, or tell me how terribly old their computer is. Regardless of what I say, their minds are made up.
And I know it’s wasted effort. My rant isn’t going to actually prevent the interaction from taking place. It might only persuade one or two people not to make a purchase. It does nothing to stem the flow, to keep companies from advertising or intercede in the transaction. I’m attacking the symptom, not stopping the disease.
And I know it’s inappropriate. Your business is your business. Your lifestyle is your lifestyle. Your way is your way. For me to tell you what to do is presumptuous, and a tiny bit rude.
And I know it’s an issue of perspective. Old, to me, is something clunking along in the i486 bracket. And anything after 2000 is beyond perfectly usable. Anyone born after 1992 will think that hilarious.
And I know it’s empty. Talk is cheap, and blog posts are even cheaper. I’m not in a position to come over to your house, obstruct your driveway with my body and physically block FedEx from delivering to you. So my complaint is only words, no action.
And I know it’s farcical. I’m crazy; I acknowledge it. I run my life and this site with machines that date well back to the last century, and see no fault in ripping an operating system down to a flashing cursor to make a computer usable. Not many people do.
But I don’t care, really. I feel obligated to serve as gadfly at this time of year, and remind you that new junk doesn’t equal love, that corporations are taking advantage of your emotions to make money, and that the machine you have is probably fine, you just need to look at it in a different light.
Of course, having said all that, I see now that I’ve wasted all my time and space, before I ever got to the point. So I’ll distill it and leave you with its essence:
Don’t buy a new computer for Christmas. It’s too expensive, it’s a shallow gift and the one you have is fine, I’m sure. Save your money, or give it to charity.
Oh, and Happy New Year.