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How do you upgrade your tools of trade?

Survey period: 22 Feb 2016 to 29 Feb 2016

What do you do when your computer just doesn't cut it anymore?

OptionVotes% 
I buy a new machine42337.53
I buy (or otherwise obtain) a second hand / refurbished machine343.02
I upgrade as much as I can19016.86
I upgrade the minimum necessary to get the performance I need16714.82
I try cleaning my machine (remove software, upgrade OS etc)14612.95
Nothing. I live with it464.08
Depends / None of the above12110.74



 
GeneralIt Depends, If you are Talking latop or desktop Pin
ledtech325-Feb-16 13:14
ledtech325-Feb-16 13:14 
General"Buy" a New Machine? Pin
Roger Wright24-Feb-16 8:27
professionalRoger Wright24-Feb-16 8:27 
GeneralRe: "Buy" a New Machine? Pin
Richard Andrew x6424-Feb-16 12:13
professionalRichard Andrew x6424-Feb-16 12:13 
GeneralMessage Removed Pin
25-Feb-16 8:02
professionalN_tro_P25-Feb-16 8:02 
GeneralDepends Upon What I'm Looking For Pin
W Balboos, GHB23-Feb-16 8:42
W Balboos, GHB23-Feb-16 8:42 
GeneralA New Machine: Move the VMs over Add Email & Office. We are basically done. Pin
Kirk 1038982123-Feb-16 4:28
Kirk 1038982123-Feb-16 4:28 
GeneralRe: A New Machine: Move the VMs over Add Email & Office. We are basically done. Pin
Nish Nishant23-Feb-16 5:58
sitebuilderNish Nishant23-Feb-16 5:58 
GeneralRe: A New Machine: Move the VMs over Add Email & Office. We are basically done. Pin
Kirk 1038982123-Feb-16 6:14
Kirk 1038982123-Feb-16 6:14 
GeneralRe: A New Machine: Move the VMs over Add Email & Office. We are basically done. Pin
Nish Nishant23-Feb-16 6:16
sitebuilderNish Nishant23-Feb-16 6:16 
GeneralRe: A New Machine: Move the VMs over Add Email & Office. We are basically done. Pin
Kirk 1038982123-Feb-16 6:59
Kirk 1038982123-Feb-16 6:59 
GeneralRe: A New Machine: Move the VMs over Add Email & Office. We are basically done. Pin
Nish Nishant24-Feb-16 6:02
sitebuilderNish Nishant24-Feb-16 6:02 
GeneralLaptops vs desktops Pin
Nish Nishant23-Feb-16 4:07
sitebuilderNish Nishant23-Feb-16 4:07 
GeneralRe: Laptops vs desktops Pin
adriancs23-Feb-16 19:52
mvaadriancs23-Feb-16 19:52 
GeneralRe: Laptops vs desktops Pin
Nish Nishant24-Feb-16 6:01
sitebuilderNish Nishant24-Feb-16 6:01 
GeneralRe: Laptops vs desktops Pin
Richard Andrew x6424-Feb-16 12:20
professionalRichard Andrew x6424-Feb-16 12:20 
GeneralMessage Removed Pin
25-Feb-16 8:12
professionalN_tro_P25-Feb-16 8:12 
GeneralNone of the above Pin
Jason Hutchinson23-Feb-16 2:59
professionalJason Hutchinson23-Feb-16 2:59 
GeneralRe: None of the above Pin
TNCaver23-Feb-16 6:53
TNCaver23-Feb-16 6:53 
GeneralRe: None of the above Pin
Weylyn Cadwell24-Feb-16 6:44
Weylyn Cadwell24-Feb-16 6:44 
GeneralRe: None of the above Pin
Marc Clifton25-Feb-16 2:49
mvaMarc Clifton25-Feb-16 2:49 
GeneralI grovel at the feet of my masters Pin
Gary Wheeler23-Feb-16 0:47
Gary Wheeler23-Feb-16 0:47 
GeneralDepends... Pin
Kornfeld Eliyahu Peter22-Feb-16 23:08
professionalKornfeld Eliyahu Peter22-Feb-16 23:08 
GeneralDepends... Pin
Maciej Los22-Feb-16 9:28
mveMaciej Los22-Feb-16 9:28 
GeneralI buy (or otherwise obtain) a second hand / refurbished machine. Pin
Ron Anders22-Feb-16 7:32
Ron Anders22-Feb-16 7:32 
GeneralRe: I buy (or otherwise obtain) a second hand / refurbished machine. Pin
Kirk 1038982123-Feb-16 4:43
Kirk 1038982123-Feb-16 4:43 
See, I don't charge myself for MY time.
Years ago, wealthy friends had a problem I fixed. They referred me to an even wealthier family.
Don King was a neighbor. HUGE houses, etc.
I came in as a favor. I don't normally do this. The machine was fine, the wife spent 4 years installing EVERY piece of software she could find. The hard drive was half dead. The machine had a restore Original OS feature built in.

So, I tell them. I will put a new HD in it, and restore the EMPTY OS, you re-install AOL and your other stuff. It is the most efficient way to do this. I charge my full rate to sit here and wait for downloads, and install and configure your software. It will cost 2 TIMES what the computer can be purchased for.

Their response: Then we still have to re-install all of that software. So just fix it.

It took forever. Downloading AOL over the phone, etc.

When I was finishing up, I asked for the Check, gave them the invoice. This was 3 evenings of work.
From after my day job until midnight or later. It was a PAIN. They were nice (the wife was).

But on that night, the husband had a few drinks and WENT OFF on me. He wrote the check. I finished, and I swore I would NEVER help people again with hardware issues!

The problem really is that you need a cheap employee (like I was a ComputerLand) to do the actual work. Just a really smart person to guide them. Otherwise it is hard. And it is expensive.

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