Wasting Time vs. Spending Money

By Carlos Portocarrero

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I have a confession: I finally bought a new computer. I’ve been saving ahead of time for around four months and this month I finally saved up enough, found a great deal, and pulled the trigger.

It should be here by the end of this week, and as anyone who’s ever ordered a new machine can attest, it’s really exciting.

But I have to make an additional confession: I tried to fix my old laptop before finally buying the new one. Or at least pimp it out so that it felt like a new one again. That’s where I got the idea to write about a free new computer last week during Free Week.

It’s a great idea, in theory, but it didn’t work for me. Everything worked fine until I got to the part where I had to update the RAM. Then the BIOS gave me some trouble and then all hell broke loose and the laptop’s AC connector gave out. According to Dell, it would cost me over $250 to get it fixed, so I threw in the towel.

It was awful because I spent a whole weekend trying to fix the machine and I failed. I know this happens with computers—they are a fickle beast—but putting that much work into salvaging an expensive piece of equipment and failing at it was very disappointing.

It reminded me of a time vs. money struggle I felt a while back when it came to cooking a meal. Sometimes I just didn’t want to invest all that time into making food—I just wanted to eat and enjoy the rest of my night.

The computer ended up not getting fixed and I sunk a whole bunch of really frustrating weekend time into it. Which was awful. But at least now I know about BIOSes and how they DON’T need to be updated if you’re installing more RAM.

At least now I have my new machine to look forward to…

4 Responses to “Wasting Time vs. Spending Money”

  • Free Week: Free New Computer? Says:

    […] FYI, my update process didn’t go as smoothly as possible. Which can happen with computers—just be prepared to […]

  • josh Says:

    How did you save for your new computer? I thought you wrote an article that you were going to save using money earned from alternative sources, is that how you did it?

    • Nut Says:

      You got it Josh- I paid for it by using money I made from selling books (probably 10% of it) and money I make through this blog. Oh and some ING referrals too.

      Fallout 3 here I come!

  • Al Says:

    Although by cooking and fixing computers, you are learning vital skills that will be of use in the future. Each dinner you cook and computer you fix means in the future, you won’t need to spend as much time (or money) on food or repairs.

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