Ted Wirth — PlumChoice, Inc.
My computer is five years old and is going slower and slower. Should I upgrade it or move on?
If your computer is five years old or older, think hard before pouring money into it. Computers age about 16 years for every human year. The accelerated aging is due to technology changes and increasing or changing demands of newer software. The change of technology can obsolete the components inside your computer. These may need to be replaced. The demands of new software on your system can many times be addressed with more memory, a check-up to clean up files and system software, and upgrades to your computer software.
One caution, don't underestimate the cost of moving on! Not only will you need to buy a computer but also will need to re-install and configure your software, and transfer your data. Many times old programs will not be supported on newer machines. You need to evaluate which ones will need to be replaced.
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Ted Werth is a computer professional with twenty years of experience in data communications and the Internet. He owns PlumChoice, Inc., a computers service firm with headquarters in Billerica, MA. Please send questions for this column to:
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