is it weird to get sentimental over a computer?

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  1. plinkoman macrumors 65816

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    i'm in the process of buying a super upgraded cube(1.2GHz, 1.5GB ram, 120GB hd...) and as i result i have to sell my pc.

    but now, i'm starting to wan't to keep the pc. i built this thing myself, and it's been with me for nearly 1 and a half years, and i've logged more hours using this the sleeping probably. i know i'll be much happier with the cube, but i just can't stop thinking about all the good times on this pc, dispite them being overshadowed with several major crashes of which i lost everything...

    if only there was a way i could have both...

    my god i am screwed up
     
  2. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    You don't "need" to rid of your PC. You can't really sell it for much anyway. May as well keep it.:)
     
  3. plinkoman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    it's worth about $800, and there is no possible way for me to afford a new computer and keep this one
     
  4. Doctor Q Administrator

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    I kept all my old Macs for sentimental reasons, rationalizing that (a) I can't sell them for much, (b) I might need something I forgot to transfer off them, (c) I might need them for spare parts, (d) I might want to set one up for a friend or relative to use.

    After the third upgrade, I had too much equipment in my way. So I kept two Macs and donated two to a school as a compromise that I could be at peace with.

    Keep the PC unless you really need the meager money you'll get for it. Maybe you'll even come up with a use for it, such as turning it into a web server, or a firewall, or a Linux system.
     
  5. plinkoman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    as i said in my second post, this thing is still worth quite a bit with all the stuff i got in it, and without selling it, i definately can't afford a new computer
     
  6. scem0 macrumors 604

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    I will write haiku,
    It's not bad to get this way,
    I would feel the same.

    You love computer,
    But when it has to leave you,
    You always feel sad.

    scem0
     
  7. Les Kern macrumors 68040

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    Re: is it weird to get sentimental over a computer?

    No you're not, but you're heading in the general direction. You can live in the past if you want, but you run the risk of future mental problems. Get over it, trash the PC, move on. Life's too short to get all teary-eyed over 30 lbs. of metal and plastic. Look for more important things to expend your emotions on.
     
  8. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I feel sure that after you sell the PC and purchase 1.2 GHz Cube will work out OK. The enjoyment with using the Cube will cause you to forget all about the PC. Just tell yourself when you sell the PC it is for a good cause, purchasing an Apple. I'm sure that you will be very happy.
     
  9. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Yes, but my post was 3 minutes after your post. And you know how fast computer prices drop!

    You answered your own question. Take a photo of yourself hugging your faithful PC, kiss it goodbye, and escort it gently off to be sold.
     
  10. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    I know the feeling, because of the high costs of getting all new OS X software with my new PowerBook, I will need to sell my old PowerBook G3 and I feel terrible about even thinking about it after over 4 years of wonderful use I've gotten out of it, but I am in desperate need of money now.
     
  11. Nermal Moderator

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    Is it weird to get sentimental over a computer? No. Is it weird to get sentimental over a Windows computer? Yes. :D
     
  12. jefhatfield Retired

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    remember that the computer is a tool much like a hammer...but hammers don't get obsolete

    get the cube:D
     
  13. plinkoman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    yea, this thing has put me through hell, i hate it, but at the same time in some strange way i'm gonna miss it when it's gone......

    i am so totally screwed up....
     
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    If it's any consolation, I don't miss my Athlon 2000/512 ram/40 gig hd/region free dvd/16x cdrw/geforce4.
     
  15. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Hey, I still have my first computer from 1981. For that matter, I have all the rest, save one, which was an IBM 386sx laptop and it died and returned to the service company.

    I don't think any other machine is more dear than that first computer.
     
  16. jefhatfield Retired

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    i understand the sentiment...the computer is not a user friendly entity and has a long ways to go before it is really like most other machines...being a tech, i hate dealing with the same problems over and over again and one day i will leave computers behind

    but when i do, in a strange way, i think i will miss it
     
  17. stoid macrumors 601

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    Just like when groups of people have to struggle through seemingly impossible tasks, with seemingly limitless obstacles, they bond, you have bonded with your WinTel box.
     
  18. WinterMute Moderator emeritus

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    I get a bit twitchy over cars and bass guitars, but not computers, mainly because when the old one goes, a new super-duper one sits in its place and I'm much too busy getting to know that one.

    Having said that, I looooove my iPod...:D
     
  19. rhpenguin macrumors 6502a

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    I had a simular setup and would not trade my iBook for it anyday...
     
  20. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    I had a Gateway with a 1.1 GHz Athlon, 256 megs RAM, 40 gig HD, and 64 meg nVidia gfx card that I don't miss, either. Nor do I miss the 2.8 GHz P4 Dell system at home with 512 megs RAM, 80 gig HD, 64 meg ATi Radeon gfx, and XP.

    I will, however, have difficulty selling my G3 PowerBook.
     
  21. Lord Bodak macrumors 6502

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    I don't have all of my old machines anymore-- but I do have my first (TRS-80 Color Computer II), my first homebuilt (486/33 running Linux that is being used as my house firewall now), and my only other PC, Pentium 200.

    A couple weeks back the 486 was acting like it had died-- it is 10 years old after all, and that was kinda sad to think about. But it's fixed now :D
     
  22. rt_brained macrumors 6502a

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    It's a lot like that feeling you get when you have to ween a child off of breast feeding or the emotions you feel as they finally leave the house.

    Only I have neither the milk-bearing breasts of a woman nor any children, so I have no idea what I'm talking about.
     
  23. Java macrumors regular

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    Well, Steve Jobs believed that his Macintosh was a work of art, so you can claim that you are just investing in art. I have kept all of my old Macs.
     
  24. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Art? I guess I should be hanging them on the living room wall!
     
  25. Phil Of Mac macrumors 68020

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    You built the thing yourself. That's good for bonding right here, and I totally understand.
     

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