This computer is never obsolete


#1

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#2

It has a Celeron processor. It came off the factory line obsolete.


#3

If all components were replaced - is it still the same computer?


#4

Only if you subscribe to some kind of dualist philosophy. I have several ships of Theseus in a Beowulf cluster calculating my local weather model.


#5

Sweet! It comes with AOL absolutely free? Sign me up!


#6

It’ll never be obsolete in the sense that you can use it as a doorstop, or a blunt object to throw at a zombie’s head.


#7

Or integrated as a control system in some big machine. There are many PC-XT machines still happily chugging on in such duties.


#8

For varying definitions of “This”


#9

Well…

The fine print says it’s magic non-obsolescence comes from the fact 1) it has the internets, so that stays fresh and 2) you can replace it every 2 years for $99. In fifteen years when Apple copies this you cusswords are gonna think it’s genius.

Assuming that deal is still going (we can hope, right?) then the computer’s great-great-etc-child should be carrying a proud legacy by now, the family’s motto Numquam Obsolete finely embroidered above its mantlepiece.

Carry on, sweet prince. Let them laugh.


#10

Something something lifehacker something install Linux.


#11

The AGP card made it more obsolete-ier off the assembly line.


#12

When I was in grad school my advisor had a printout of a BLASTP (protein sequence similarity search) run against a protein that was helpfully annotated as “This protein is novel”, which it may have been at the time of its discovery, but a few years later on it had hundreds of matches.


#13

Been running that exact eMachine for about 15 years now for data acquisition in a small-engine test cell. Integrates flowmeter, dynamometer, and exhaust gas analyzer and spits out brake-specific fuel consumption and emissions in real time.


#14

Thank you for proving their marketing hype for us. Now, get back to work!


#15

#16

what’s wrong with AGP?


#17

#18

Windows Me!


#19

AWESOME! :smile:


#20

That song was exactly where I knew it from.