Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Retirement... of an old computer

A lot used computers come my way. Friends and family upgrade and ask me if I want their old stuff. I welcome the junk to break it down for drives, or whatever. I use the parts for spare or to help some else out when something goes bad, I can just pass them a drive or a card.

For some time now I've had a Compaq Presario 5441. I am not sure how old this computer is, but I must of had it since the mid 90's. Its been used for backup and messing around. The computer for most of its time as been in the "on" state as a file server. It's provided far beyond expectations, and it's a sad day because I am retiring this old beast. Assuming I got this machine in say 96, its 2009, that's 12 years. Only items replaced are the CD / DVD drives, memory and hard disk. Original CPU, board, etc, are still intact.

I recently took on a newer Dell with larger disks and overall a faster machine. The Compaq was dropped off my rack and replaced. For awhile it will sit and collect dust on the floor, and then get recycled.

To another point, it brings to my attention the commodity status of computing devices. I haven't bought a new computer since 2001. People pass me their old stuff and I put it to work (or recycle it for them). For the most part, my home computers are used for files and internet. No gaming, no video, just simple stuff. So I don't need much power, just something that works. When people brag about their machines, I hope they use it properly. I hope you processor and memory are constantly used, because mine aren't and you've spent a lot more money then me.

Anyway, so long Jenny (the computer's network name), I will always remember you. Thanks for all the wonderful years together.

More details:
  • Compaq Presario 5441
  • S/N 2H9BCT9EP003
  • Flickr photos (Check out the dust on the CPU)

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