weekly radio show using the excellent and free Mixxx DJ software, without the machine suffering at all. Sure, this would all run fine on the latest and greatest, but it’s not required.
This machine is even hackable to remove the proprietary BIOS (which needed to be done to support that newer, faster widi card) and replace it with Coreboot. I got someone else to do this for me, but if I felt like acquiring the necessary tools and expertise, I could’ve done it myself. Try that with today’s increasingly-locked-down machines.
And lastly, I’m happy knowing I’ve taken some steps off the planned-obsolescence cycle. When I moved last year, I threw out (well, responsibly recycled) lots of old electronics. I don’t anticipate throwing out this machine any time soon. With the repairability I mentioned earlier, and spare parts fairly easy to find, it’ll take something extremely complex and heavyweight to make this machine unusable. This is good for sustainability, the planet, etc. as well as my wallet.
Granted, it’s not for everyone. If you are a gamer, or a high-end graphics specialist, or just the type of person who wants “nothing but the best”, my ThinkPad probably isn’t for you. But if your needs are more like mine, you can probably get a machine much like this one for much less than you’d pay for something newer, less flexible, with a shorter life span. And it just might work for you like it does for me. Good luck!
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