I was browsing slashdot today and noticed the following article on Less Might Be More. While I tend to agree with the basic premise of this article, the people replying seem to be forgetting a few things.
1. Not everyone uses their computer for browsing & word processing. Just try and do some decent photo processing in PhotoShop or rendering a video for burning to a DVD on a Celeron 333Mhz with 128Mb RAM – you’re dreaming.
2. The state of the software development industry. Unfortunately to run some of todays development IDEs requires you to run the latest & greatest – at work I used to have a Pentium III 733Mhz with 512Mb RAM, running Visual Studio Whidbey Beta. To compile our solution it would take roughly 1 to 2 minutes or so, which is frustrating. After upgrading to a Pentium 4 2.8Ghz with 1.024Gb RAM, it now takes about 10 seconds – no joke.
3. Buying a cheap & nasty computer doesn’t make monetary sense. I’ve been looking at upgrading my home computer and I can get a middle range computer that is probably 100% better than a cheap and nasty computer I could get, but it only costs roughly 40% more plus it will last at least 1 to 1.5 years longer than the cheap and nasty.
My issue with the state of the computer industry is more this: Big retailers selling expensively priced but poorly speced computers and then computer noobs buying these same computers. If people actually took the time to go down to their local computer store, they would be shocked at the great prices and excellent speced computers that are on offer!