How old is your computer?

Brendan Perrine walterorlin at
Thu Dec 4 19:04:26 UTC 2014

On Thu, 04 Dec 2014 10:45:04 -0700
Aere Greenway <Aere at> wrote:

> On 12/04/2014 08:26 AM, Barry Titterton wrote:
> > Hi All,
> >
> > How old is the oldest computer that you have in regular use?
> >
> > I was prompted to ask this question by a comment that I over heard while
> > doing some Linux advocacy at my local community centre. They run
> > beginners computer courses (Windows only) so I popped along to see if
> > anyone would be interested in Linux and FOSS. There was a conversation
> > which included the statement "If your machine is 3 to 4 years old it
> > must be getting worn out, so you need to think about getting a new one".
> > This got me thinking about my own machines and I realised that my main
> > desktop PC (Pentium D 3.2GHz), that I use every day, will be 9 years old
> > in February, and it is still capable of running Ubuntu 14.04 very well.
> >
> > So how old is your machine?.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Barry T
> >
> Barry:
> My oldest machine is an HP Vectra, 450 megahertz machine with 512 meg of 
> RAM.  The HP Vectra was introduced in 1983, and was popular for about 15 
> years.
> My next-to-oldest machine is a Compaq Deskpro (small form factor), 933 
> megahertz machine with 512 meg RAM.  This machine was probably 
> introduced in 1986, and was popular through the 1990's (I see reference 
> guides for it dated 1997 & 1998).
> Probably the first question that comes to mind, is why do I use such 
> machines?
> These older machines are actually more valuable to me than newer 
> machines, as they allow me to test minimum configurations for my 
> software application (the KeyMusician Keyboard), which I designed to 
> also work (stated in the advertising) on older, slower machines.
> I cannot do such testing on a virtual machine because that introduces an 
> unacceptable amount of latency in playing music.
> Of course, my other reason for using old machines is the desire not to 
> throw away something that works perfectly well for the task intended.  
> With Linux, I have been able to productively use such machines.
> Given the above statement, I have a number of older machines.  I have a 
> number of Dell Optiplex machines (GX-240, GX-260, and GX-270, produced 
> in 2003-2004).
> I have a Dell Dimension DX1100 (which used to be my primary machine), 
> for which production ended about 2008.
> My current primary machine is a Dell Inspiron 620 desktop machine, which 
> I bought two years ago, as a used machine.  My spouse has a similar 
> primary machine.
> I have two Apple MacBook machines (manufactured between 2006 and 2011), 
> one of them 32-bit, and the other 64-bit, for testing on Mac OS X.
> I have an Acer Aspire 4535 laptop I use for performing music (and also 
> for testing).  I bought it new in 2012.  I have an older Sony Vaio 
> laptop I use for testing on Windows Vista.
> -- 
> Sincerely,
> Aere
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Wow my hardware isn't comparitively that old. I just got a new desktop that I use regularly but it was replacing a 10 year dell with a pentium 4 and I am on my 5+ year old laptop I still care enough about to upgrade with an ssd. It is running stronger than ever with the ssd now. 

I only really upgraded so I could run virtual machines which my laptop wasn't the best at because it did not have hardware support for virtualization. I stopped using old one because it didn't look good in a nonnative resolution and because I get so much more performance for the amount of electricity with the new one. 

Brendan Perrine <walterorlin at>

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