The article has been super popular and it seems using old machines for a very long time is a quite common practice but one that people also feel insecure about. A cursory reading of comments across the web tells me that part of the attraction to the article (or at least to commenting on it) is the recognition or validation of other people doing the same.
Here's an interesting statistic from the web logs: 10% (~7k unique visitors) of all traffic to the article has used a machine with OS X 10.1 Puma. That is an OS from 2002. I believe that is the last generation of #PowerPC #Apple computers, but I might be mistaken. It seems to good to be true though but I can't really think of a reason why this number would be wrong..
Massive use of user agent switching should lead to way more even distribution of other uncommon OSes as well? Does anyone know what could be up?
@rra I do exactly the same and I also develop on it
@rra Interesting post - thanks!
@rra i did not know this about SD cards!
@rra "I have all my data on a 128 GB SD-card"
the only way this could be worse would be if they used an USB stick
Interesting. I have said on here before
I am not technical & in my 70s. 2 yrs ago I bought Lenovo IdeaPad 320 Laptop Intel Core i5 8GB 1TB Sounded amazing but I really struggle to use it
For many years I used a Dell desktop with XP Almost all my software was open source and nearly all free. I knew how to use it!
I still don't understand much about my laptop, so do none of the video & photo editing I used to do. Mainly chat/use social media on my phone Hate windows 10 but still fear Linux!
Thanks for sharing it. After a browsing in it a little, I found out that they use Pelican SSG to generate their site. They even have a light theme which is what I wanted for a while
@rra “The question is not how we can evolve towards a circular economy, but instead why we continue to evolve away from it.”
@rra very nice article. Thanks for sharing. Now I know more people say same thing as me, that, old computers are better.
@rra My netbook is 12 + years old stll works fine, got that as the school i was working at were going to bin them, replaced windows with linux. I have a few so trying to see if it is possible to run purely on a console , Debian is giving me masses of issues with this idea at the moment.
But great artcile
@rra Thanks for sharing this. I was actually looking at a new laptop but almost everything I wanted was a bit pricey. After reading this I salvaged some RAM from another laptop and I'm now looking at just buying a new SSD and SD card.
Maybe this article made it to a community such as lowendmac.com ?
Also the anti-PC movement with their"intel outside" and "evil inside" stickers were also present in Macintosh PowerPC users. And they had similar concerns over planned obsolescence of Intel machines.
Maybe #Puma is their most patched and decent OS?
@cmos4040 yeah it has to be a fan community. Lots of ram your laptop had ;)
@resynth1943 yeah I'm also doubtful that would be the case. What could be the cause of these statistics though?
@rra User Agent randomisation extensions would be my first guess.
@rra (they actually worsen fingerprinting, but that's something for a later post.)
@resynth1943 yeah that's what I considered first as well. In that case one would see a more even distribution between different niche/old OS'es but that is not the case. It's quite heavily skewed. Then again it could be that user agent randomizers are not that random :)
nice read, i love the dedication to old stuff. I used my 2011 macbookpro full time until 2 years ago, now it's with a friend who had an emergency, once i sort them out with a used thinkpad the macbook can become something else!
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