ARM for server

By: Jukka Larja (roskakori2006.delete@this.gmail.com), September 18, 2009 9:57 pm
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Richard Cownie (tich@pobox.com) on 9/18/09 wrote:
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>Yes, but the figures don't add up as far as I can see.
>A laptop is obsolete after about 2-3 years. IMO it
>makes more sense to buy a $600 machine every 2 years (and
>sooner if it breaks) rather than spend $2000 on a
>not-much-more reliable machine and pay for service
>and have it repaired.

I don't. Setting up a new laptop takes tens of hours of work. If you need that laptop right now, you have to take whatever happens to be in a store near you, which means you probably end up using something you that isn't optimal even in that $600 class. Also, that cheap laptop most likely comes with lousy warranty service, so it might not even make sense to repair it.

(There's also the ecological aspect of buying more durable stuff, but if that was really an issue for me when buying a laptop, I guess I should try to learn about manufacturing process also.)

That said, I've been quite happy with three about 1500 € laptops (that's about $1500 by computer device exchange rates, but includes taxes). They all have/had three year onsite next work day warranties minimum, so if something other than hard drive brokes, I get back to work faster than by actually buying a new laptop.

So I don't even think it is literally about $600 vs. $2000. Maybe more like $750 vs. $1500. Anyway, in the end it comes down to what you find important and what you find annoying. In general, I hate setting up a computer, so I'm willing to pay quite much to reduce the probability to need to do that.

-JLarja
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