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Becoming a normal user

Postby eternauta3k » Wed Oct 15, 2008 5:04 pm UTC

Lately a friend asked me for help buying a computer. I realized I'm out of touch with new CPUs, video cards, applications, whatever. I used to buy PC magazines, maybe liked to look at stuff I could add to my PC, tinkered with Linux all the time. Now I'm on a steady relationship with Kubuntu, and I have no interest in changing my computer or my distribution. The only "technical" things I do are program and read slashdot. Has anyone else stopped liking computers and started to see them as a tool?
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Postby GuitarFreak » Wed Oct 15, 2008 5:35 pm UTC

Nope. I love computers. Building them is one of my favorite things to do. I'm working on getting some pots and dry ice and do some serious overclocking and see how high I can get it.
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Re: Becoming a normal user

Postby Rehash » Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:02 pm UTC

I couldn't imagine not being in love with my PC. I guess once you reach your niche, as it seems you have, you lose the drive to develop your machine. But as a gamer I'm always finding a need to replace and upgrade my PC.
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Re: Becoming a normal user

Postby mat-tina » Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:26 pm UTC

No, but nonetheless I had been out of touch with new hardware until a year ago. I don't play games as much as I used to, and what I had was sufficient for most things. (Though I had to stick to binary-only distributions...)
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Re: Becoming a normal user

Postby cypherspace » Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:27 pm UTC

Yeah, to some extent. I don't generally keep up with technical developments any more. There's much more interest for me in the world outside computers, but I still use them as a tool daily. I do still have much better understanding of the latest webfads or computing in general than most of the people I know, but I'm nowhere near the geek I was seven or eight years ago.
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Re: Becoming a normal user

Postby pollywog » Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:27 am UTC

I have never really been interested in computers in that way. I don't know what a lot (all) of the stuff inside my computer does. I've never done any programming, built a computer, or read up on parts that I would like to buy. For me, a computer has always been a tool.
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Re: Becoming a normal user

Postby Hurduser » Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:38 am UTC

Well, I am out of touch with modern hardware, but I do still love computers! (But why Kubuntu and not Gentoo :D )
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Re: Becoming a normal user

Postby existential_elevator » Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:48 am UTC

cypherspace wrote:Yeah, to some extent. I don't generally keep up with technical developments any more. There's much more interest for me in the world outside computers, but I still use them as a tool daily. I do still have much better understanding of the latest webfads or computing in general than most of the people I know, but I'm nowhere near the geek I was seven or eight years ago.


Same here. I could still do a decent build if I needed to, and I have a decent idea of what's up and coming, but I just haven't got the time [or money] for it anymore.

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Re: Becoming a normal user

Postby Solt » Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:38 am UTC

Yes. I am the same way.

At some point I realized that I wanted the latest processor, the most RAM possible, etc, but I didn't really have anything productive to do with that extra power. It would just waste away, and those few times I did use all the power, my mind would be wasting away instead. Now computers have truly become a tool for me and I've realized that you can do most interesting and useful things with hardware that is a few years old.

I was recently surprised to learn that desktops have 4 GB of RAM as standard now? That wouldn't have happened 3-4 years ago.
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Re: Becoming a normal user

Postby cypherspace » Thu Oct 16, 2008 2:08 pm UTC

existential_elevator wrote:
cypherspace wrote:Yeah, to some extent. I don't generally keep up with technical developments any more. There's much more interest for me in the world outside computers, but I still use them as a tool daily. I do still have much better understanding of the latest webfads or computing in general than most of the people I know, but I'm nowhere near the geek I was seven or eight years ago.


Same here. I could still do a decent build if I needed to, and I have a decent idea of what's up and coming, but I just haven't got the time [or money] for it anymore.

Indeed, I'd rather spend both my time and money on travel, music or socialising rather than building another computer.
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Re: Becoming a normal user

Postby timt » Thu Oct 16, 2008 4:14 pm UTC

Happened to me, pretty much as soon as i stopped playing games i started to see computers as tools. Still interesting to me (security wise/programming) but doesn't require my inner consumer to splurge out with each pretty part i see.

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Re: Becoming a normal user

Postby mrhthepie » Thu Oct 16, 2008 4:48 pm UTC

Any computer from the last few years is powerful enough to do anything you want, except play the latest games. If you're not interested in that, then there's not a great amount of point to endlessly upgrading your computer. I am, or rather would be, but I don't have the financial means to keep up to date. Can play TF2, and I don't have that much time any more, so it's not that much of a problem.
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Re: Becoming a normal user

Postby Nostromo » Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:30 pm UTC

cypherspace wrote:Indeed, I'd rather spend both my time and money on travel, music or socialising rather than building another computer.


Haha. Spend money on music... Unless you're talking hard-to-find music and/or music related products. IMO you can never spend too much money on guitar accessories or interesting trips.

However, there is something to be said for buying the newest and most advanced computer you can every few years. I've noticed that despite defrags, repartitions and general cleanups, my computers slow down. It's nice to move up from say a 10 minute bootup to a 30 second one, ya know? Still, even as a passion, computers are tools for information, entertainment, enlightenment and just about anything else you can think of.

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Re: Becoming a normal user

Postby cypherspace » Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:37 pm UTC

Nostromo wrote:Haha. Spend money on music... Unless you're talking hard-to-find music and/or music related products. IMO you can never spend too much money on guitar accessories or interesting trips.

My brand spanking new Washburn acoustic agrees with you.
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Re: Becoming a normal user

Postby elminster » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:12 pm UTC

Nope. I recently done a new build for my bro and it came out pretty good. I'm constantly adjusting my computer. I do have the whole "computer guy" thing attached to me, but I don't mind up to a certain point. I like to keep up to date with the latest tech and stuff. However, I do use my PC for a lot though.
I do love core 2 duo's though. I haven't had to upgrade since I could already get such a big overclock out of it(85%), it's well enough power. However GPU's are another issue.
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Re: Becoming a normal user

Postby hestia » Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:39 pm UTC

I actually have only recently become sort of "into" computers. My Dad was always into the latest and the greatest so I grew up watching him disembowel our home desktop frequently. As a result, I sort of knew the basics, I learned more from my husband when we started dating but nonetheless, I never really took too much interest in computers beyond daily basic use. It was only when I got a job on Geek Squad (to, you know, pay bills, food etc) that I really had to learn about the latest and the greatest (and how people can break it in a matter of weeks...). Since I am around technology all day, I have taken a much greater interest in taking care of and improving my own system. I still know very little about software but hardware is so much fun to play with. I am sure it will wear off eventually when I actually get a real job and have to concentrate on other things but for the moment, I am enjoying this foray into computers.
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