Saturday, February 25, 2006

Compaq Presario with Magic and Tigger

We just got a new computer at home and have vouchers for recycling two items, like a PC and a monitor. We have two old PCs in the house. Perhaps the obvious choice to recycle is this Compaq Presario from 1996. With the other older PC being a Dell from 2001, this should not be an issue.

However, I have a sentimental attachment to the old Compaq. It was our first color computer - we had a pre-Windows computer with an amber on black text display before the Compaq. The Compaq has never had a problem and works as well today as it did when we got it ten years ago. It was never connected to the Internet, so it never got a virus. We can write letters, listen to music, and play games. I prefer it to the 2001 Dell for Hearts, Space Invaders, Scrabble, and such. It has also been very nicely decorated with stickers of Rainbow Fish, Winnie the Pooh and his friend Piglet, Blues Clues, and smiley faces.

The 2001 Dell is Internet ready should we set up a network and can play DVDs. It has more powerful office software and can do more with photos. It was been twice infected with viruses and often with spyware and takes ten minutes to start. I do get in some reading of books while waiting for some programs to respond. With more RAM and a thorough cleaning, it could be a better PC.

So, do we make a sentimental choice or a practical one? What do you think?

1 comment:

Laura said...

Oh, well, I'd make the sentimental choice--but then I just got all teary the other day over our old, long gone Mac Plus, which lasted close to a decade and is, I suppose, quite possibly still running somewhere.