It’s time to buy a new computer. Few sentences can simultaneously strike terror and joy into the heart of a high-tech geek, but that’s at the top of the list.

On the one hand, you get a new computer! I love all the hours spent agonizing over which computer to get, what components it needs… Should I build it myself? Get a company to custom assemble one? Buy off the shelf?

How about form factor… go for miniature, or oversized? Miniature looks cool, and takes up lots less space, but offers little to no room for upgrades. Oversized… well, you might joke about compensating, but for a geek, it’s like Tim the Tool Man was with his collection of power tools. A larger frame, heavier components, lots of room to upgrade. It just brings joy to my heart, knowing that no matter how powerful my computer is, there’s still room to make it more so.

Then there’s the giant-sized downer… How the heck am I going to get everything to my new computer? No, I don’t mean data. You back yours up, right?

I mean, all the time you’ve had your computer, you’ve been tweaking it. Customizing the software. Getting new software. Installing, signing up for services. Organizing. Email addresses. Browsers.

Here’s one… when you buy software, do you have the actual disc, or did you download it? Is it still available? Will it work on a new computer, or a new OS?

So… the “best of times, the worst of times.” :^)

Recently, it was Monique’s time to upgrade her system. Oh, the joy. Her old computer was 6 years old, and couldn’t handle the software needed for her new classes. This started a whole chain of events. She gets a new computer. Her old computer goes to Mom. Mom’s old computer goes to eBay. Everybody benefits.

Moniques

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We have two computers to sell right now. Some friends bought new computer, and gave me the old one. When I sell old computers, I ALWAYS REMOVE THE HARD DRIVE.

Sorry. Didn’t mean to yell. But it’s important. Unless you’ve got military grade drive cleaners… and I honestly don’t trust them even then… your hard drive has years of personal data. Passwords, bank accounts, purchasing histories, private letters… whatever you’ve stored on there could still be available to the right technology.

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So I remove the hard drive, and sell the computer for parts. The old hard drives? I either put them in my computer for added space, or store them for emergencies, or destroy them in fun and unique ways. I’ve gone down to the actual disc, and fragmented it (literally) into many small pieces. I’ve beaten them with a sledgehammer. You can have a lot of fun with the idea.

Just bear in mind… if you buy one of mine, there’s no hard drive. :^)