I am the type who doesn’t like to waste money. I am still driving the car I received as a present in high school, despite it being in a position where a replacement is justified. I kept broken glasses long past their usage limit, and I try to keep all my books in presentable condition.
Because of this, I am always reluctant to replace items that still work, especially relatively new items. A little over a year ago (maybe a year and half), I bought an Acer Inspire after my MacBook was rendered inoperable without a disc drive. My wife uses it just fine, but I wanted to upgrade to the latest version, and I couldn’t. So, after Apple said I would have to spend A LOT to replace, I bought a nice cheap laptop, and all was fine.
About two or three months ago, I noticed the first flaw: it was getting really hot. I installed a nifty widget on Ubuntu that allowed me to view my temperatures, and I saw it climb to over 92 degrees Celsius. That’s really bad. I took the battery out, and that helped for a while, but it returned. After that, I would have periods of frequent freezing which made watching videos impossible. I like to watch Youtube speeches and ideas, but when I can barely make it through a video, that severely hinders my productivity. It also makes writing this blog now quite hard as I suddenly cannot see what I am typing. So, against my internal frustrations, I purchased an ASUS.
I am just really getting bummed that Acer, a once reputable company, can not build a solid laptop that would last about 2 years. Are we getting to a point in our society where everything is so disposable that we can accept this?
I’ll post a review on that new computer once I get Linux and everything set up and playing for a week.