Lifespan of the average computer

Posted: April 10, 2007 in Computing

G4 MacI wonder what the usable life span of a computer is? I don’t mean how long will it function before it dies, but how long can you use the computer as primary machine before you need to replace it (or significantly replace components).

My desktop machine was introduced by Apple in January of 2002. Five years and three months ago. It was discontinued in October of 2002. Sure, I’ve upgraded the graphics card, added memory and swapped hard drives, but the core of the machine remains unchanged. I’ve seen one generation come and go (G5), and the switch to Intel machines, but I’ve stuck with my G4 (Quicksilver).

Well… until today. Today I finally upgrade. No more desktop, no more PowerPC in its place (as my primary machined) a 17″ MacBook Pro will sit.

I have to admit that I feel that I’ve really stretched the machine about as far as I could, and feature creep has on occasion brought the G4 to its knees (I can barely play video content from the iTunes music store). The king is dead… long live the king.

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