3 Reasons you should probably upgrade your computer. ~ Tech-o-meter

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
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If everyone had their way, we'd all be running the extreme edition of the Ivy Bridge processors with 50 Petabytes of RAM and a Lamborghini engine as a power supply. But we're not all millionaires and very few are even thousand...naires? However, keeping up to date with technology is still a pretty important aspect of life, and there are people that are extremely frugal and end up hurting themselves because they become so out of date with technology and what they have. So I'm going to give you stingy bastards some reasons of why you probably should upgrade your computers.




#1 Businesses with outdated technology are inefficient.


I've got a pretty good example of this. Have you ever wanted to buy food or other commodities from a mom & pop store. A store that isn't commercialized or really funded well? When you slide your card what usually happens? The cashier tells you "Sorry our system is old".

Sorry, our boss couldn't be bothered to get a decent machine.

To me at least, this sends such a bad message to the customer. It just tells them that the place is not keeping up with times and the owners are extremely out of place. Not only that, but if the store is actually really successful and the line is humongous customers aren't going to wait forever because your machine is slower than Miley Cyrus in a math competition.

Well.. This is all she knows how to do really. PAY HER.
Ever heard the expression that time is money? Because that statement can be applied to so many facets of life. When you're wasting time trying to get your old technology to become compatible with newer software you're also wasting money and sacrificing efficiency. So instead of being so picky with your cash in a business you should probably just spend it and make things easier in the long run. After all, you have to spend money to make money, right? I'm no business major, but if there was a major in common sense I'd have to check that box every single semester because this is something I excel at.





#2 Software on old hardware is a nightmare (IT RHYMES!)


Let me make it clear what my goal for this article is. Yeah I should have done it earlier in the article, but where is the mystery in that? The goal for me is to at least get you to think about upgrading. Now if your budget is definitely not agreeing with you for upgrades, that's fine, but upgrade ASAP!

The most upgraded version of windows XP is absolute rubbish compared to windows 7 or 8. Furthermore, applications on computers now are moving to platforms that support windows 7 or 8. Soon Flash Player will pretty much refuse to be installed on windows XP. Then what? No more YouTube videos until you upgrade, do you really want it to get to that point?


That says "You should probably upgrade, bro" in German.
DirectX, PCIE, Intel, AMD, these are just a sample of companies who are making technology only compatible with newer hardware/software. There's a term in the computer building industry called "Future proofing". The meaning of this term comes from basically getting an extremely beefy computer, effectively making it a decent computer for a prolonged amount of time. Not everyone does this but those who can afford to usually have computers that run EVERYTHING extremely well for about 5-7 years. I myself have a computer that was future proofed for about 3 years now.

Windows does have a feature that allows compatibility with previous versions, but sometimes that's not enough. Have any of you tried to install extremely old software on new hardware? It's annoying right? Imagine trying to install and run extremely new software on insanely old hardware. You can imagine the equilibrium scale without me even explaining it's a bad idea.

Go ahead and try it, it won't work without breaking the rectangle.



#3 Taking a step into newer technology now is actually a big leap.



Let me take a second to explain what I mean. In the time around 2000-2004 it was pretty stagnant in terms of technology. Don't get me wrong we still had progress like the flip phone motorola razr and that was an extreme deal. (look how far we've come, HAH) But today in technology we're making leaps at least every six months. A new processor here, another graphics card here that everyone starts to say "What's the point of upgrading if something new is going to come out 6 months later".

"THIS IS SO SLOW MY ACTING IS TERRIBLE"

You have to think really deeply about that situation. We're in a situation where technology is arguably advancing too fast. With competition in business and school and life in general, why would you want to be left behind? TRICK QUESTION, you really don't. So to remedy this there are generally three ways to respond. You can either keep a system forever and have it slow you down for a while in the latter years of it's lifetime. Upgrade every now and then to a decent computer which will probably average 250 dollars a year for 3-5 years of computational effectiveness. Or you could future proof which would cost around 500 dollars for a computational lifespan of 7-8 years.


The choice is up to you, but you have to know that older technology definitely has a shorter lifespan so there are definitive tradeoffs. Whatever you choose just be sure you're happy with it... (unless you're wrong)

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