Sitting in my office is this wonderful old relic.
It brings back great memories of my first experiences with personal computers. It was a time before fax machines.
One report that I ran back then took over an hour to start printing. I would press the start button and go to lunch and get my shoes shined. As I returned the report would start to come out of the dot matrix printer.
Three years later I was the proud owner of a 486SX computer – the latest in computer technology. I had to work on that “old” buggy report one evening. I fixed the problem and pressed the “print” button on that hour long report in the hope I could get a cup of coffee before it started printing. I put my hands on the arms of my chair and barely lifted my bottom out of the seat when the report started to print.
I sat back down in disbelief.
How could a report that took more than an hour to print take less than a few seconds on this new computer? There must have been some error. I stepped through the code in debug mode.
There was no mistake.
So in a short 3 years the productivity of early computers increased more than a thousand fold. How many hours were saved by all the people who upgraded? The statistics boggles the mind.
So as you look at the cost of upgrading that 5 year old computer that seems to be a never ending problem, think twice as you justify the cost.
Just remember the story of my report printing experience and calculate the time you’ll save with a faster, more reliable machine.