Yes, I am asking it. Do computers die from old age?
Inquiring minds want to know. Contrary to popular opinion (namely my fellow Mac users in this office), I am a PC – a Dell PC, to be exact. A purchase made approximately in 2002.
I know most would stop me right there and say well there is your problem, but allow me to explain. It has been upgraded (some) with the addition of a fire wire (I can proudly say I installed myself) and several other add-ons as internet capabilities progressed. As a smart user, I have not one, but two external hard drives.
My problem – recently my “39-year old computer” as it is referred has decided to give me fits when connecting to the internet. I feel like I received a downgrade back to dial-up days. So, I basically have a glorified typewriter at this point. All my other applications seem to function properly.
There has been extensive troubleshooting by every tech guru I know (including family, friends, co-workers, strangers on the street!) I think I hold the most sympathy for those working in the tech department. (Maybe there is a little solace in knowing I’m not the only one that takes work home.) The Suddenlink repair man spent almost three hours one evening trying to track down my troubles. It was working fine, and one day it became sporadic. Web pages taking forever or never loading. It has been scanned for viruses.
The frustration is unnerving. I don’t even want to walk into the living room besides the fact that the floor is covered in wires reminding me of a scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark with Indiana Jones when the tomb floor is covered in snakes.
The last tech support I spoke with asked me if I was near my PC. My reply was “yes, I am getting ready to dropkick it which I was saving as a last resort.” By his smirk, I’m sure seeing his expression would have been priceless. However, I was not in the mood.
I am three weeks into this problem and being a creature of habit, trying not to face the music.
Do computers die from old age?
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