End of an Era

End of an Era

End of an era for me, anyway. The black box in the corner is probably the last pc tower I’ll ever use. It suffered a hard drive crash last week, and has been replaced with an all-in-one desktop computer.

I bought my first pc, an IBM 8086, in 1982, and the litany of machines I’ve had since then includes numbers and ames that friends of a certain age will recognize: 8088, 286, 386, pentium, and on and on. Each of them had cabinets that could be opened easily to swap out or add components, which is kind of the point of this kind of architecture.

When this machine failed, though, it struck me that I hadn’t so much as opened a tower case (except to vacuum dust and animal hair out of it) for at least the last three machines.

So there really wasn’t any point in getting another one, and every reason to go with the increased convenience (not to mention decreased wire tangles) of an all-in-one.

Still, I’ll miss the sense of hobby and the tinkering.

[Yes, the desk needs to go, too.]

Posted by Sherwood Harrington on 2015-01-25 22:58:18

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