November 08, 2005
How Do Normal People Survive With One?Tweet
I have had at least two computers up and running in my house ever since about 1993. At various times in the past twelve years I have toyed with the idea of going back down to one, but it never happens - there is just too much benefit.
I got to wondering today: what do people do when they only have one computer in the house? (I'll call these "normal people"!)
There certainly has been an evolution in the function of the various computers that I've owned. Back in 1993, my two computers were an Apple IIgs (used for connecting to the Internet, since it had a modem) and a 486 running Windows 3.1 (used for programming assignments as a computer science undergrad). In 1996 I retired the Apple IIgs, only to replace it with a Mac (used for writing and graphics), while the Windows machine had become a Win95 box with a Pentium procesor (still used for development work).
In the summer of 1998, I was introduced to Linux, and loved it from the start. Since then, my second (or third, or fourth) computer has always been a Linux box, and I've enjoyed the benefits since then:
1. SENDING LARGE FILES TO PEOPLE
2. BACKING UP MY DESKTOP COMPUTER
3. EASY UPGRADES OF MY DESKTOP COMPUTER
4. RECORDING TV SHOWS FROM REMOTE
5. UNLIMITED EMAIL ALIASES
Yes, I know that the questions above are rhetorical - the answers are pretty much obvious.
Yes, I know that "normal people" isn't actually a euphemism, it's just simply true - these people really are normal, I'm the oddball here.
And finally yes, I know that I could do the above if my main computer was just a Linux machine. However, then I couldn't do a few things that I really do need my desktop machine for, like author home movies, track our home finances and do my business taxes.
Hmm...perhaps the really good chefs of the world wonder how "normal people" are able to cook with any less than 6 frying pans in their kitchens...?
Posted by Hammer at November 8, 2005 09:54 PM
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