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This happens way too often

My computer is broken again, the fifth major crash since coming to college. I just ordered a new one which triples my processor speed, triples my RAM, and more than doubles my video power. Until it gets here, I’m reduced to using public terminals like a common peasant. Pray for its swift arrival.

The new machine, which will be raised from the formless chaos of old and new parts by my steady hand, marks my fourth motherboard and processor, my second power supply, my second video card, my second hard disk, and my third RAM batch. The only parts which haven’t died since their purchase five years ago are my two CD-ROM drives and the sound card, and the latter will be built into the new mobo. The Voodoo5 graphics card might be OK too, but since I could double its power for 20 percent of its original cost I figured I might as well. If you think spending 300 dollars on a cutting-edge graphics card is stupid, think about how stupid you would feel to see that it can’t even fetch $5 on eBay these days. Sixty doesn’t sound so bad now, does it?

Anyone looking to buy a 1GHz Thunderbird processor and 384 MB of PC133 RAM? There’s a perfectly good Voodoo5 for sale, too.

Nathan has observed that my computer parts are more prone to failure than those of anyone we know. I would have to agree. I can’t recall what heinous crime I committed to be subjected to such horrible failure rates, but it must have been awful. At least it wasn’t a hard disk crash this time. Ever had to recover from the loss of a 16-gig collection of MP3s downloaded over a period of four years? You don’t want to. I cried like a little girl when it happened to me.

The good news, if there is any, is that I was planning this upgrade anyway, but was going to wait for my first corporate paycheck before splurging. I was tired of having five-year-old technology smirking at me from my desktop while all my peers ran around with their shiny new TiBooks. Only the cost of replacing my perfectly usable machine kept me from doing so. Now that it has committed suicide, I felt justified making the upgrade early using the magic of credit. Haven’t you heard? Going into debt is the new fiscal responsibility. Just ask the president.

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