Why Software Developers Prefer to Use an Old Laptop

Instead of getting a new one.

Josef Cruz

--

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

The main reasons a programmer changes the laptop is that it has become too slow or the battery can no longer hold up.

In the first case, the programmer lightens the system and adds RAM or SSD. In the second, just changing the battery or, at worst, being constantly connected to the power supply is not so bad since programming is a sedentary job.

In the end, in case of irreparable failures, too old CPU and video card combination, and an unsustainable operating system, here is the laptop change.

Also, changing laptops costs money and is significant pain in the ass and a waste of time. Yes, you can clone the disk or use data import systems, but one takes advantage of this opportunity to start over as a whole series of scary hacks have accumulated over the years. And some other reasons are:

Because they are aware that from a technological point of view, apart from a slight speed increase, there is not much difference between a computer today and one from 6 years ago, there is, therefore, no substantial advantage in the daily activities of a programmer in changing computers so often.

When someone who “knows about computers” buys a laptop makes sure to avoid the shallow range of PCs that…

--

--

Josef Cruz

Entrepreneur, coder, husband, father. I spend my days on the web learning and sharing information across the globe.