Saturday, January 23, 2010
The 'Stone Soup' Computer
It starts with- 'I found a computer for $55 on TradeMe'.
That's dirt cheap, so the OK is given to buy it.
It comes without a monitor, so the clunky old 17" CRT is resurrected from the garage.
Now the computer takes up the whole desk, so it's off to buy a nice 20" LCD ($299)
The LAN cable is a nuisance running across the house. Wireless USB adaptor-$60.
Nowhere to plug the Wireless adaptor in- USB hub- $24.
Computer goes great, but its 12 gig HDD is almost full. 320G USB drive- $99.
Look at the new super mouse- have to get one of those at $110!
Now purchase USB bluetooth adaptor- $30.
New toy not supported by old OS- new OS won't run on this old system.
Purchase new Mini Mac (which is what I wanted in the first place!)