My laptop is an old one. I really don’t know how old it is, but I was using it in 2010 before we moved to Hawaii. It has to be plugged in, because the battery hasn’t worked in years. The built-in trackpad has always been awful, so I’ve used a USB mouse since I got the computer. It’s got plenty of RAM, plenty of processing power, and a large hard drive, so it is plenty for me! My use of a computer consists of building my blog, uploading pictures from my phone or tablet, and writing. So, I don’t need absurd amounts of processing power or even portability.
A week ago, the keyboard began to malfunction: the letter “A” and the number “1” wouldn’t type. I was limited to using only my tablet for the blog for several days, and the Android operating system is limiting, to say the least.
I had been really wanting a new laptop! After all, I’ve started this business, and I can’t monkey around with substandard technology, right? WRONG! It is a blog, and it doesn’t require state of the art technology to create.
We agreed to a temporary fix: my husband bought me an $11 USB keyboard at WalMart, and it is FABULOUS! I am an old-school typist, (what a shock, right?), and this keyboard feels like an old IBM Selectric Typewriter. THAT is inspiring, and fun!
It is also an excellent example of the Reuse, Repurpose, & Recycle philosophy in the post of that name.
Yes, I could go ahead and spend $400, and have a new laptop that will last years and years. However, I may be able to get another year or two out of this laptop. I keep everything backed up, so if it craps out, I won’t lose more than the current day’s work. We have some big expenses coming up. After those, if we are ready, we’ll buy a new laptop. I think it might be interesting to see how long I can go on this one, though. What would you do?