rodrigoandrade writes "I just had enough of fixing my own PC problems. I grew up using PCs and messing with
hardware/software, configuration, tweaking, upgrading, etc., but this is 2011 and I'm not
getting any younger here. These things should work like any home appliance by now, but
they aren't. So I was thinking maybe the problem is with me. Maybe the industry already
moved to something else (tablets?) and I haven't noticed.
My home use of PCs is fairly basic. I play gams, watch movies, browse the web, and do some
very light office work (nothing MS Office can't handle). Geek factor aside, there isn't
much that my PC does that can't be done on another device. And yes, it's a fairly decent
gaming PC (C2Q, HD5850, etc.)
I don't buy into this perpetual upgrade cycle some PC guys love. I only buy new parts when
old parts breaks, but then I'll buy the best parts I can afford. What I feel I no longer
have (or I'm quickly losing) is the TIME and WILL to do these upgrades, then
troubleshooting, etc. I work all day and when I come home exhausted the LAST thing I want
to do is dick around with the PC just to get a gamer running. I'll just wait untill
Saturday to fix it.
So I decided to free myself from this dreaded PC legacy, and wanted to see how
would go about it. I know it's impossible to actually live PC-less, so any combination is
welcome as long as it keeps the PC relegated to the backstage (file/print server, torrent
box, streaming content, etc.). My reasoning is that a PC that's used less frequently has
fewer problems. Also, if the PC breaks down, I'm not at a complete loss."