Two years is about as long as a computer has ever lasted me, and this one is six months past that mark. Now that I have air conditioning and a less dusty environment, I expect more mileage from my PC's.
For the last couple of weeks, this Dell has "hung up" ever so often. I wait until it's done sulking, then go back to tending MyFarm on Facebook, or whatever other important task I may be in the middle of.
Yesterday I got the old blue screen of death, only the computer recovered. I turned it back on, and it's working just fine. I went to the Dell website and did some window-shopping until common sense took over, and I realized that before I abandon this old friend, I'd be wise to just take it to a pro for a little tuneup. After all, it does everything I need; I don't need any more bells and whistles. The only way this PC disappoints me is that it won't let me watch full episodes of TV shows I've somehow missed; why did some genius schedule Grey's Anatomy at the same time as CSI, anyhow?
Oh well, I have my laptop for that, and the recliner is more comfy than this office chair, when I'm settling in to view a show that lasts for forty-five minutes.
If this thing should crash permanently during some fatal error, I'm prepared: This time I have an external hard drive with all my cherished pictures and music on it. So at least there won't be tears shed, like in times past.
I'd love to consider a Mac next time I do make a computer purchase, but the price puts me off. I've heard some complaints about Dell lately, so I'll probably end up going to Best Buy and getting something off the shelf there, when a purchase is necessary. Let's hope I don't have to do that for at least six more months.