Why I use old hardware
@sir Nice article, I mostly agree with it except for the following sentence:
"[...] if I can get a computer which can do nearly 5 billion operations per second for $60, that should be sufficient to solve nearly any problem."
That's true until you need to do five billion operations just to left-pad a string. :)
As long as there exists an implementation that uses less than 5 billion ops to solve the problem of left-padding a string, his statement is true.
Had he said "should be sufficient to run any algorithm" or "to run any program", he'd be wrong, because there exist inefficient implementations.
@sir Nice article. I wish everyone did like you do, but a big problem is that the majority of users are running software that is meant to make their devices obsolete asap, so that they buy a new one soon after (think smartphones), and they are unaware of the alternatives, or do not know how to switch.
I am planning to keep this smartphone alive for many years, as well as my fairly recent laptop and desktop, all thanks to FOSS.
Glad to find more people here going to FOSDEM, btw :)
@megfault you may appreciate my older article on taking good care of your phone, too :)
@sir Do you have any suggestions on where to buy older hardware?
I'm looking for a new laptop now, since mine is quite old (and compared to your thinkpad the specs are garbage... it takes 5h to compile the linux kernel and i have 16gb of space)
I was thinking about getting a puri.sm one since i really like what they're doing, but i keep going back to thinking about old laptops
the only thing that im not a huge fan of are the screens and weight, since im constantly walking around with my laptop and prefer a nice screen.
@pounce thinkpad from ebay
@bamfic aye - I mention coreboot in the article
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