I hate bells and whistles, period. When I see all the fuzz about getting a new windows 7 netbook/laptop/laptop or a new Leopard iMac, I say that’s just pure marketing and economics and has little to do with how good your computer can perform. Yeah, a newer and faster computer can be useful if you’re a video producer, graphic designer, engineer, gamer, web/software developer or else there’s seriously no need for a new one unless it’s broken.
Any other reasons such as faster web browsing speed, smoother movie watching, shinier icons and start menus or safer logins are just lame excuse and a waste of money.
I said all this because I had recently reformatted my 4 year old Acer laptop and installed the Ubuntu operating system on it.
My old laptop spec:
Intel M Processor
50GB hard disk
No ATI or NVIDIA graphic card!
And yet it’s still running strong and can be used for browsing, audio/video, php programming and drawing logos using GIMP all without spending an extra dime. And it feels new too since I now have a laptop fully dedicated to run on Ubuntu only. I’ve used Windows all this while and it’s nice for a change. Multitasking is a little bit slow (it’s 4 years old hardware, remember) but that also means I gotta focus on doing 1 or 2 things at 1 time only since resources are limited which I reckon is a good thing.
A new netbook for browsing the net? Come on, spare me the crap. I’m more about producing useful results then to be bothered with shiny marketing terms and good looking buttons. If you wanna throw away an old laptop, please dump it into my bin, I