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My laptop is a fantastic piece of technology designed by Apple and introduced to the public in mid-2011. A MacBook Air13 with 4GB of RAM, a powerful second-generation I5, and 256GB of flash disk mistakenly called solid.
I bought it on credit, and its price was $ 1,600. I guess after 18 installments. I ended up paying almost double. An investment of which I have no complaints. I still work on it daily.
One of my distinctive characteristics is to be very careful with the Gadgets that I acquire. Although I live in a so-called third-world country, I always enjoyed being at the forefront of technology.
If you could inspect my MacBook Air in its box, you would say; it looks physically new despite ten years of operation.
However, I am aware that current products meet a planned obsolescence design or life cycle. So my trusty MacBook Air will be no exception.
Currently, smartphones are in fashion; I dare say that some of these wonders are more powerful than my laptop. Many people prefer to work on a smartphone, but I feel even more comfortable tapping on the backlit keyboard on my computer.
I learned a long time ago that it is impossible to be permanently on top of the technological wave. You have not finished paying for the product when the manufacturers launch another, more beautiful, faster, and more powerful one.
In addition, I have the impression that one is becoming more dependent on the intuitive options of the machines, staying at the expense of the utilities or the increasingly invasive artificial intelligence.
In any case, I am studying to acquire a new laptop. Well, I'll be honest with you, I've been considering the idea for several months. My MacBook is still fighting, but I know I need to replace it.
As a writing hobbyist, it probably doesn't require a lot of computing power. Although, I did do graphic and audio editing and design work on occasion and experienced the exasperation of my laptop nearly collapsing in the attempt. I will purchase another and maintain the MacBook Air to use as a backup.
This time around, I can't afford to replace it with another next-gen MacBook. The goal is to buy a used or refurbished one from the manufacturer for a reasonable price.
I am seriously considering installing an open-source operating system on the laptop or desktop station you purchase. Some distribution's Linux, while re-learning the basics of the Unix-based operating system.
You will wonder why to complicate; it's easier to buy a new one with Windows 10 or Mac OS and all the programs you need. I understand that a used computer can be a surprise box, and learning an operating system that grants you the privileges to modify it is a risk if you make mistakes in programming.
You are partly right! I remember an intellectual who once said: "I am me and my circumstances." So the current circumstances make me frugal based on the activity that I develop. It would be a waste to buy a Lambo to drive on a dirt road. An experienced pilot gets the most out of the engine, especially when the race is against him.
I also believe that regaining control over the operations he performs with a computer frees you from the comforts of closed and intrusive systems. Sure, freedom requires knowledge and responsibility. At my age, it is an excellent intellectual exercise to maintain my mental health.