How to avoid costly computing…


 

Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, a new computer could cost thousands of dollars. During this time, the computer repair industry did quite well, as consumers worked hard to preserve the value of their investment. People who bought multi-thousand dollar machines saw the wisdom in paying a hundred dollars to fix their expensive new machines.

Fast forward 20 years to the present time. The price of a new computer has fallen dramatically, with the cheapest models now retailing for less than $400! As the cost of computers has fallen, people have spent less time and energy on upkeep and maintenance, and instead have simply purchased new computers as their current ones break.

The result is that users now buy their computer, wait for its performance to degrade to the point where it is unusable, and then buy a new one for almost no money. People who do this think that they are saving money by not maintaining their computer, but in fact are exposing themselves to all sorts of hidden costs.

1st – By not maintaining a computer, a user is able to get less and less out of it while they wait for the computer to be sufficiently broken enough to justify getting a new one. Even though a computer may take 8 – 12 months of no maintenance before needing to be replaced, it doesn’t break all at once. After 2 months of no maintenance, a computer will begin to slow down, though not to the point where a user will throw it out. This means that a user will suffer through 6 – 10 months or more of a computer that doesn’t work like it is supposed to. During this time, a computer can take up to 10 times as long to process simple tasks like email and online banking. Though this might sound trivial, think of it like traffic during your daily commute. It is time completely wasted. Spending 30 seconds or 1 minute on checking email is very different than taking 10 minutes to do so.

2nd – Once your computer finally does break to the point that it needs to be replaced, the likelihood that valuable files will be lost increases significantly. Losing files like this can be catastrophic if bank information or other financial data is lost. Worse still could be the loss of a long term project or piece of work that is unique or irreplaceable. Even if your files are able to be recovered, the process can be extremely anxiety provoking, not to mention expensive.

Taking the time to maintain your computer will save significant anxiety, time, and money in the long term. Think of it like getting enough exercise rather than relying on heart surgery at a later date. It may be annoying to jog every morning, but not nearly as annoying as the alternative.

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