In a recent spring cleaning, I stumbled upon my old Dell XPS 17 laptop. It’s an old clunker, but it did come with a top spec at that time, a core i7 sandy bridge and 8GB of RAM. The battery is dead, and when I booted it up, the hard drive is dead. Here comes the reminiscing part. The battery is easily removable as it’s externally connected. Found a cheap OEM replacement part. Flipped the laptop around, and I can open up the bottom part to easily replace the hard drives with SSDs. Installed Windows 10 on it, and it is alive again (SSD sure helps any old PC to run like new). Sure, battery life is only about 2 hours, but the fact that I can easily revive it and how Windows is such backward compatible really made me reminiscing about how PCs were. Today’s PCs (and Macs of course) are much faster, sleeker, more user friendly, etc. But once they’re dead, that’s about it. Even modern Windows laptops and All in Ones followed the trend of making things harder for customers to access just so they can sell higher tier options. But that’s the new world we live in now.