300 gets you squat
Used to be that a few hundred dollars would get you a fairly decent computer. Granted typically you had to build it yourself. I made the mistake of thinking that technology had advanced enough that it was getting cheap to build quality computers. So in a rush to “keep up with the jones’s” I ran out and bought a laptop. I know what you are thinking, “laptop! that’s not up to date. dude you need to get with times, tablets are the now.”
Well, I get that, but let me clarify. I picked up this laptop about 18 months ago. I am a technology fiend, I love gadgets. Unfortunately due to less than frugal spending habits I have to sit on the edge of most revolutions and just dip my toes in for a few years until the prices drop to something within my spurge budget.
So back to the laptop, i picked it up at a big box retailer for $300. It was one of those back to school sales. I knew I was getting a low end machine, but I hoped for more. It seems that the more affordable electronics get the more resource consuming programs get. I remember some of my first computers with…wait for it…66 megahertz processors! That machine was blazing fast, handled all my programs like a champ.
So I get this laptop with a 1.6 giga hertz processor and withing a week its chugging on my basic photo editing software. Ultimately its just my lack of patience and or not selecting a computer (laptop or otherwise) that can handle the projects I inevitability intend to use them for.
Hindsight is like upload speed, never there when you need it.