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PC Sales see longest decline in history

May, 1 2015

Going mobile?

Who didn’t see this coming?  This has been widely discussed for the past few years.  Tablets and smart phones have gained a greater market share because they are quick and easy to use.  In this high paced and mobile world, desktop and even laptop computers have become more of a burden for people to use and carry.

Case in point, aside from my laptop I use for work I have an iPhone, Windows Surface RT tablet, my wife has an iPhone 5, my kids have an iPod touch.  Yet at home we have a single PC.  Not only that, the computer is about 5 years old.  I have no plans to replace it.   Why?  Because I don’t see the point.  Yes computers are getting faster and faster, but since it’s not my primary PC I don’t see the point.  Heck, I even still have my Windows XP computer I bought in 2002!

In my opinion, the best thing you can do to extend the longevity of a computer is to clone the image to newer larger drives.  Why?  Because out of all of the components that go into a computer, the number one cause of problems are the hard drives.  Every two years or so I clone my hard drives to new ones.  That way I can keep the computer running smoothly.

Would I like to get a new Intel i7  for the computer, sure.  But what am I going to do with that much power when all we use it for is the Internet and Office?  When thinking about replacing your computer, it helps to think about what you need and not what you want.

To read more, check out this article from the BBC: PC sales see ‘longest decline’ in history