I admit it I was (and still am ) a gadget freak.
This year (around January) I upgraded my computer (a rebuilt ) to a Core i7 860 2GB RAM and a state of the art motherboard.
However I feel the need for a laptop. I do travel every week and using an USB stick does not cut it for me.
The state of the economy being dark (not all black but dark ) I cannot afford to buy the laptop I want ( I am a Thinkpad fan ) mostly because I would get into credit card debt (worst kind of all ).For the guys that are married there is also this little thing called Wife Acceptance Factor .
Bear in mind I live in Eastern Europe so imagine not so huge US style salaries (maybe around 1/3 rd)
I tried to fix my R51 laptop (which was 2000 $ in 2005 .. I made a loan that I paid for 2 years back then) but it simply won't work (and several computer shops could not fix it) so right now I am considering buying an used Thinkpad ( R51 is very cheap around 150 $ right now) as I think a Centrino Dothan 1.7 Ghz and with plenty of RAM is enough to run Java , Netbeans and Ruby ( in september 2009 it was ok) the tools I need ..
What do you think ? Would you buy used ?
Better, faster, lighter Java ... you mean Ruby right ?
SCEA5,SCBCD1.3,SCWCD5,SCJP1.4 - memories from my youth.
Yes it is a a Core i7 860 which means it is a dual channel not triple channel processor. The famous Core i7 9xx series (1366 socket) has 3 channels and banks.
The RAM is fine for .. basic tasks like running Glassfish /MySQL/ Eclipse at the same time and I will upgrade it to a 6 GB soon .
Regarding the laptop I have to say that I know what a damn netbook is and I really don't want a tiny keyboard and a tiny screen and an Atom processor .. I just want my R51 back .. and found some internet deals on used ones . maybe it wil work.
@Pat : I wish the "I am a geek and need more gadgets" would work with the bank too .
subject: Justifying the need for a laptop and buying a used one