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    Thank you, but I'm affraid it will not calm me down.
    It is very nice though. I am also very sad that I was not around when Windows 1.0 was released. I should've been in my 30s then and be in my 60s today.
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    I agree that if the wish included unlimited funds (in today's dollars, Windows 1.0 cost $216, and a low-end computer was in excess of $4000), it would be cool to see the dawn of personal computing in person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Razor
    I should've been in my 30s then and be in my 60s today.
    huh? you're exactly where you should be, you just haven't realized it yet

    Quote Originally Posted by anon
    it would be cool to see the dawn of personal computing in person.
    be careful what you wish for, you just might get it


    Parable of the Two Birds

    Two birds, beautiful of wings, close companions, cling to one common tree: of the two one eats the sweet fruit of that tree; the other eats not but watches his companion. The self is the bird that sits immersed on the common tree; but because he is not lord he is bewildered and has sorrow. But when he sees that other who is the Lord and the beloved, he knows that all is His greatness and his sorrow passes away from him...

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    be careful what you wish for, you just might get it
    dude.. please. computing is over, personal computing at least. in the future ypu will have something similar to thinclients. a machine that gets its processing power via remote connection. cheaper, faster and way easier to control by the GOVERNMENTS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Razor
    dude.. please. computing is over, personal computing at least.
    there are many other ways of accessing such an age - in this world through memories, visions, dreams, research (of past times, your own or someone else's, in a sane state of mind or less so), sometimes even in the future if similar cycles follow, perhaps in a near future (through rebuilding of civilizations after major cataclysms, that aim towards the digital stage or computing) or far in the future (witnessing such events after many reincarnations), by getting reborn in other worlds that may have just entered a similar stage, etc.

    way easier to control by the GOVERNMENTS.
    or so many of them thought for thousands of years, yet control keeps slipping through their fingers, for it is not theirs to have (they may wish for it and then experience suffering when their expectations are not met and cause suffering while trying to reach for it)


    or to quote lenny kravitz: 'it ain't over till its over' hehe


    Parable of the Two Birds

    Two birds, beautiful of wings, close companions, cling to one common tree: of the two one eats the sweet fruit of that tree; the other eats not but watches his companion. The self is the bird that sits immersed on the common tree; but because he is not lord he is bewildered and has sorrow. But when he sees that other who is the Lord and the beloved, he knows that all is His greatness and his sorrow passes away from him...

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    I sold a laptop and a cellular modem today

    All I need to do now is not spending the money in fancy gadgets I want but don't really need. When I first got a job I thought that wouldn't happen to me, but it seems I'm not invulnerable. I have to move out this year no matter what... something will work out.
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    You're telling me lol. I ordered a keychain the other day, and bought 20 dollars of extra items to skip on the 3 dollar shipping costs...
    It's all stuff I can eventually use, but still. Damn you amazon!
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    You're telling me lol. I ordered a keychain the other day, and bought 20 dollars of extra items to skip on the 3 dollar shipping costs...
    It's all stuff I can eventually use, but still. Damn you amazon!
    Damn everybody! This happens everywhere!

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    hey anon, what other retro tools and games do you have? that solitaire from win nt is the bomb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sazzy View Post
    You're telling me lol. I ordered a keychain the other day, and bought 20 dollars of extra items to skip on the 3 dollar shipping costs...
    It's all stuff I can eventually use, but still. Damn you amazon!
    "We buy things we don't need, to impress people we don't like get free shipping." -- Tyler Durden[citation needed]

    I never have anything shipped home and always pay cash. Not abstracting things and having the item(s) take some effort from my side to get, as well as seeing "real" money go away in the purchase, helps me keep these spendings under control

    I did a house cleanup last month. It was pretty amazing to see how much stuff I own that I never really used, and in a few cases didn't even remember having. There is always some small reason to keep each and every item (it brings back memories/I "may" need it in the future), so I had to be harsh with myself and filter aggressively; one of the items for sale is my first laptop, which still works great after six years. In the end, though, it feels good to get rid of things I don't need and make some room in the process, which is an upside.

    Anyway, yesterday I sold a Sony Vaio which I never used, and I already have buyers interested on a netbook and a mobile phone.

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    hey anon, what other retro tools and games do you have? that solitaire from win nt is the bomb.
    What I have already sent you is most of my collection; there are some more programs and games, but they're spread over multiple folders in a few disks. If I can find the time to fetch them all, I'll send them your way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyler
    "We buy things we don't need, to ...
    if we bought them, it means we needed them, even if it is only to realize that we don't need them (anymore)


    Parable of the Two Birds

    Two birds, beautiful of wings, close companions, cling to one common tree: of the two one eats the sweet fruit of that tree; the other eats not but watches his companion. The self is the bird that sits immersed on the common tree; but because he is not lord he is bewildered and has sorrow. But when he sees that other who is the Lord and the beloved, he knows that all is His greatness and his sorrow passes away from him...

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    And listen to Razor's advice: always buy expensive!
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    Quote Originally Posted by slikrapid View Post
    if we bought them, it means we needed them, even if it is only to realize that we don't need them (anymore)
    True. Sadly you're stuck with the now-useless item after the realization, but hey, life's hard

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    And listen to Razor's advice: always buy expensive!
    Buy smart. If that happens to overlap with expensive, then so be it. Remember that 1. it's not just what you've got, it's also how you sell it; 2. prices are partially influenced by how much sellers think you'll want to pay.
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    ok, try this: has there ever been a time when a cheap item was better than an expensive item?
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    Quote Originally Posted by anon
    Sadly you're stuck with the now-useless item after the realization
    useless for you at that point in time? perhaps, but it is never useless in general, for that which is useless does not exist in the first place

    Quote Originally Posted by anon
    Buy smart.
    this
    when in doubt, buy mid-range, since (very) cheap is probably of (very) low quality and (very) expensive is probably (very) overrated


    Quote Originally Posted by Master Razor
    has there ever been a time when a cheap item was better than an expensive item?
    a simple rose as a gift to your girlfriend, as opposed to some expensive kind of roses
    in a similar sense, an item that has a personal meaning, as opposed to a similar, expensive item with no personal relevance
    relevant personal spiritual realization, as opposed to expensive books filled with theories
    warez, as opposed to expensive software/media with a price tag
    etc.

    in general, if your financial abilities are limited, cheaper items are a better choice (but not too cheap, yeah?)


    Parable of the Two Birds

    Two birds, beautiful of wings, close companions, cling to one common tree: of the two one eats the sweet fruit of that tree; the other eats not but watches his companion. The self is the bird that sits immersed on the common tree; but because he is not lord he is bewildered and has sorrow. But when he sees that other who is the Lord and the beloved, he knows that all is His greatness and his sorrow passes away from him...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Razor View Post
    ok, try this: has there ever been a time when a cheap item was better than an expensive item?
    When DVD players were getting trendy, my dad bought a Sony one. We are all excited until we found out it could only play transcoded DVDs (i.e. burning several AVIs in a single disc to make the most of it was impossible) and didn't even read all recordable media. My uncle had a smaller budget, and thus a Chinese one from an unknown brand. It could play every disc and almost every video format we tried.

    The Oukitel C3 is a smartphone that goes for as little as $40 and has much better hardware and features than those costing more.

    http://www.sb-innovation.de/showthread.php?t=30933 - this RAM stick is still working today, whereas I've seen Novatech and Kingston fail within the same timeframe.

    Moreover, you need to define "better". Not all parameters for that are objective, there is also how much you can spend, how much you'll be using the item, and how much functionality you require. slikrapid gave good examples, here are some more. You need to cover a two-room apartment with two or three things that get online, which router is better?





    You want a second phone with good battery life to receive some calls without giving your real number. Which one is better?

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