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    Just wanted to know who is using the oldest computer on the forum. It can be any computer you use -- office computer, home desktop, work or personal laptop.

    My computer I have in my office was bought around June 2006-- so four and a half going on 5 years old. It's still adequate. It has 2GB of RAM which was decent for the time I bought the computer. June/July 2006 was right before Vista came out, so it's an XP machine.

    I also have a one year old Asus laptop -- 4GB of Ram I3 processor and it looks like I can buy the same exact laptop only with an i5 processor and 4G for the same price. Too bad the POS can't keep the date or time straight (supposedly an unfixable BIOS problem).
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    Part of it is based on academic grounds. Among major conferences, the Pac-10 is the best academically, largely because of Stanford, Cal and UCLA. “Colorado is on a par with Oregon,” he said. “Utah isn’t even in the picture.”

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    Home computer...3 years.

    Laptop - 8 months
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    Hmm... Good motivation for me to remain active I guess.

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    I have software on this 4-5 year old computer that I loaded on it when I was still working for my old firm. I still use this software and it would likely cost me quite a bit to go out and get new software so I'll be holding onto this computer as long as possible.
    Part of it is based on academic grounds. Among major conferences, the Pac-10 is the best academically, largely because of Stanford, Cal and UCLA. “Colorado is on a par with Oregon,” he said. “Utah isn’t even in the picture.”

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    For a while, if you didn't have a new computer every two years, you were dealing with ancient technology. But if you're using XP, Office 2003, and a computer that was new 6-8 years ago, you can get by pretty easily for most applications.

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    December of 2007.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jay santos View Post
    For a while, if you didn't have a new computer every two years, you were dealing with ancient technology. But if you're using XP, Office 2003, and a computer that was new 6-8 years ago, you can get by pretty easily for most applications.
    Whenever I buy a computer, I get a pretty good processor, but not top of the line, but I try to get as much RAM as I can in a reasonably priced machine. RAM isn't terribly expensive, but when you add in any installation (I tried putting in RAM myself one time and I had the static strap and everything on but I still ruined my computer), then you may as well just get as much as possible when you buy the computer. I've found the limiting factor for computers is not so much the processor but the RAM and the video card.
    Part of it is based on academic grounds. Among major conferences, the Pac-10 is the best academically, largely because of Stanford, Cal and UCLA. “Colorado is on a par with Oregon,” he said. “Utah isn’t even in the picture.”

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    My main computer at home I got just before the olympics in Torino, so 2006. It was a xp media center and we used it for home computing and recording a lot of tv until just this november when we finally got a dvr. Media center is awesome, if only it recorded in HD. I loved that thing. Still going strong. I did add more ram, upped it to 2 gig, and added a second harddrive for more recording space.

    Some one gave us their old computer for the kids and it is way newer than this machine, but I still go to the old one for most everything, torrents and this site.

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    I still have the first laptop I bought for grad school so I could do research in the library and not have to make copies of everything.

    It's an old IBM 386-SX with a HARD DRIVE - 40 MB. It was ridiculously expensive ~$2500 in 1992 dollars. But it saved me a lot of time and effort in doing research for school. I fired the bad-boy up about a month ago - it still works. Monochrome (amber) screen and all. I can't believe I actually enjoyed playing games on it.

    I bought my first desktop about two years before that, a 386-DX right when they first came out. I got a 110 MB hard drive and everyone told me I was insane - there's no reason anyone ould EVER need 110 MBs of storage space. That old beast worked until a few years ago when we moved to Utah. My son dropped it. When I fired it up after the crash, the hard drive made a horrible grating noise and it went into bios setup mode. I finally chucked it after ~17 years.

    But the computers I use day to day? My laptop is almost a year old - but I use my wife's IPad whenever I can...

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    I still have my Commodore 64 + Floppy drive. It worked the last time I plugged it in!

    As for ones I actually use, my laptop is from 2005, the old desktop I use for an HTPC is from 2006-ish, not counting a recent vid card upgrade, and my current desktop dates to 2008/2009. Oh, and I just got my Windows Home Server this year. I think that's all of them.

    I'm starting to think about building a new Sandy Bridge based desktop later in the year, but depending on my gaming I may wait until next year.

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    Sheez...this board has a lot of toys. Our sleek newer laptop is 2005. The older dog is 2002.
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    Mine was just born.
    And hopefully will be crowned world's fastest in SLC next month.

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    Our desktop is 8 years old now. I've done a handful of hardware upgrades, but it's definitely showing its age now.
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    i carry a white macbook running windows 7 from the day they were released in may of 2006. it's on its last leg (and second set of ram/third hard drive), but it's been a great computer. i also have a lenovo g550 with a 15" screen for when i plan on doing display intensive work.
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    The question is "How old is your computer?" Which has turned into a walk down memory lane. My first was an 8086 with no hard drive. Just dual floppies. $1500, and it didn't really do anything at all.

    I/We currently have 2 desk tops, 4 lap tops, 1 Ipad2, 3 iphones, and 1 GSIII not currently working for 4/5 people. I built a new desk top about a month ago, and it's really nice, 16 gig ram, and a solid state drive, and 2T HD. My laptop (currently on) is an i7 with 8 gig ram. Screaming fast.

    My wife mostly uses a 2008 Vista lap top. He finger nails have chewed through the keys, and the p and k keys are missing. It's a little 15" thing, and the fan sequels, the screen is missing a bunch of pixels, but she keeps plugging away on it even though I keep telling her she can have a new one. Oh yeah.... the HD is filled to 99%.... she has no sense of performance. She's frugal to a fault.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indy Coug View Post
    Our desktop is 8 years old now. I've done a handful of hardware upgrades, but it's definitely showing its age now.
    I just replaced an office desktop from 2005, mostly because I am cheap and it was functioning. I had no idea how much time I was losing on that machine. A lot has changed in seven years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DapperDan View Post
    I still have my Commodore 64 + Floppy drive. It worked the last time I plugged it in!

    As for ones I actually use, my laptop is from 2005, the old desktop I use for an HTPC is from 2006-ish, not counting a recent vid card upgrade, and my current desktop dates to 2008/2009. Oh, and I just got my Windows Home Server this year. I think that's all of them.

    I'm starting to think about building a new Sandy Bridge based desktop later in the year, but depending on my gaming I may wait until next year.
    My desktop is about a year old now. I upgraded mobo/ram/cpu in Nov 2011. Since then I've upgraded my video card (early summer) and got an SSD drive last month. Zoom zoom. I should be good for a few years, although I'm eyeing a monitor upgrade now.

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    Our home computer is a laptop we purchased in the summer of 2005. It's on its last legs. It has a 2Ghz processor and 2 gigs of RAM and runs on Windows XP. It replaced a desktop I'd had since 1999 that had a Pentium III processor, 128MB of RAM, and ran on Windows 98 SE.
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    Laptop, home, 2 years old and I am ready for a new one.
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    If your computer is less than 10 years old it may be soon time to get a new one... Unless you don't mind a 5-30% slowdown:

    Major flaw in millions of Intel chips revealed

    A serious flaw in the design of Intel's chips will require Microsoft, Linux and Apple to update operating systems for computers around the world.


    Intel has not yet released the details of the vulnerability, but it is believed to affect chips in millions of computers from the last decade.


    The UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said it was aware of the issue and that patches were being produced.
    Some experts said a software fix could slow down computers.
    [...]
    The bug could allow malicious programs to read the contents of the so-called kernel memory of computers, which can include passwords and login keys.


    It is also likely to affect major cloud computing platforms such as Amazon, Microsoft Azure and Google, according to The Register, which broke news of the flaw.


    The effects of the updates to Linux and Windows could incur a performance slowdown of between five and 30 percent, experts said. It would involve separating the so-called kernel memory from other processes.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42553818
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ted View Post
    If your computer is less than 10 years old it may be soon time to get a new one... Unless you don't mind a 5-30% slowdown:


    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42553818
    How long until intel has chips with fixes out? My understanding is that this doesn't affect AMD chips. Only Intel x86 chips.

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    Yikes. That is no bueno.
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    How old is my computer? One week! And to steal a phrase from Seinfeld - "It's real - and it's awesome."

    I do hate the little keyboard... I need back lit keys.

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    Feeling good about my decision to go AMD this time around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    Feeling good about my decision to go AMD this time around.
    I am wondering if the CEO of Intel is feeling good about his decision to dump the stock...

    Intel's CEO Just Sold a Lot of Stock

    On Nov. 29, Brian Krzanich, the CEO of chip giant Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), reported several transactions in Intel stock in a Form 4 filing with the SEC.


    Most of the transactions involved Krzanich exercising employee stock options (these options allowed Krzanich to purchase Intel shares at prices significantly below where they are currently trading) and then immediately selling those shares that he bought at a discount on the open market.
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    https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/...-of-stock.aspx
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    Quote Originally Posted by beefytee View Post
    How long until intel has chips with fixes out? My understanding is that this doesn't affect AMD chips. Only Intel x86 chips.
    The OS vendors have known about this since November and have been testing patches...

    Both Windows and Linux are receiving significant security updates that can, in the worst case, cause performance to drop by half, to defend against a problem that as yet hasn't been fully disclosed.


    Patches to the Linux kernel have been trickling in over the past few weeks. Microsoft has been testing the Windows updates in the Insider program since November, and it is expected to put the alterations into mainstream Windows builds on Patch Tuesday next week. Microsoft's Azure has scheduled maintenance next week, and Amazon's AWS is scheduled for maintenance on Friday—presumably related.


    Since the Linux patches first came to light, a clearer picture of what seems to be wrong has emerged. While Linux and Windows differ in many regards, the basic elements of how these two operating systems—and indeed, every other x86 operating system such as FreeBSD and macOS—handle system memory is the same, because these parts of the operating system are so tightly coupled to the capabilities of the processor.
    https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018...erous-patches/

    The details about the problem...

    https://lwn.net/SubscriberLink/741878/eb6c9d3913d7cb2b/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ted View Post
    The OS vendors have known about this since November and have been testing patches...


    https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018...erous-patches/

    The details about the problem...

    https://lwn.net/SubscriberLink/741878/eb6c9d3913d7cb2b/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Class action lawyers, start your engines!
    The hackers have already started theirs....

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    "Intel believes these exploits do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data."




    Intel Responds to Security Research Findings


    Intel and other technology companies have been made aware of new security research describing software analysis methods that, when used for malicious purposes, have the potential to improperly gather sensitive data from computing devices that are operating as designed. Intel believes these exploits do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data.


    Recent reports that these exploits are caused by a “bug” or a “flaw” and are unique to Intel products are incorrect. Based on the analysis to date, many types of computing devices — with many different vendors’ processors and operating systems — are susceptible to these exploits.
    [...]
    https://newsroom.intel.com/news/inte...arch-findings/
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    Bad for me. I bought my new Macbook Pro to run my studio. A significant hit will really mess things up for me.

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    My son wanted this radiator CoolerMaster CPU cooler thing that's water-cooled for Christmas. So, I got it from NewEgg after triple-checking pcpartpicker.com to make sure all his stuff would work with it. We built this machine last year, and it has an i7 6700 in it with 12g RAM, and really powerful video card. I'd planned on the thing lasting until college.

    Well, the radiator was like a 1/2" too big to fit in the case. It kept hitting into the RAM and there was no way to make it work. He took a photo of it and sent it to some people on a forum and they said no dice. So, we put the old cooler back on the CPU, and when it boots, he goes into the BIOS to check the settings. He's nerding out about the fan speeds. After he saves the BIOS settings, it goes into Windows, where he messes around some more, and has to reboot to save changes. He does, and now it won't even boot to BIOS. We took out the battery and reset the CMOS, and it rebooted to BIOS, and he changed it all back, but it won't get to Windows anymore. A friend says that something has created an unstable environment...likely the CPU or motherboard. We took every static precaution, and I watched him work (and did some of it too), and I don't know what he/we did. At this point I can't decide if I should buy a whole new system for him, or try and plug-and-play with different parts. Any ideas?
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