Computer makers may put out new hardware every 6 months, but most users only upgrade every few years… and some folks hang onto older computer for far longer than that.
If an old machine still meets your needs, there’s no reason to upgrade — and there might be some good reasons not to, if you don’t want to deal with the learning curve, converting your old data to a new format, or managing with downtime.
PC World has a roundup of some individuals and institutions using very, very old computers… with no plans to upgrade anytime soon.
Here are some interesting stories from around the web today.
- Ancient computers still in use today… for accounting, gaming, national defense
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it… and if downtime could jeopardize national security then for goodness sake, don’t take it offline just so you can upgrade the hardware. What’s the oldest computer you still use regularly?[PC World]
- First look at Toshiba’s KIRAbook ultrabook with a 2560 x 1440 pixel display
Toshiba’s new KIRAbook is a 13 inch thin and light ultrabook with a screen resolution almost as high as the Chromebook Pixel’s or MacBook Pro with Retina’s. Unfortunately Windows doesn’t play as well with high resolution screens as OS X or Chrome OS yet. [Gizmodo]
- Amazon may have acquired Siri competitor Evi for $26 million
Amazon might be building a smartphone, adding natural language search and commands into the Kindle Fire tablet lineup, or just building a better shopping experience. But the company now has some of the best speech recognition and text-to-speech software in-house. [TechCrunch]
- Evernote looking to partner with a hardware manufacturer on a branded Evernote device
You know how the first Facebook phone is really just an HTC phone with Facebook software running on top of Android? I suspect that’s what the first Evernote phone will look like too. [PC World]
- Chromebook users — there might not be that many of them
Take this one with a grain of salt, because Google, Samsung, Acer, and other Chromebook makers haven’t provided solid numbers. But an outside analysis suggests that Chrome OS use is low enough to make Windows RT look like a popular operating system. [ZDNet]