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    10 Wonderful Years
    My first 'computer' was a Gateway purchased in January 1997. That one, & 2 other HP PC’s I purchased later, lasted a total of 11 years.

    On April 27 2008, I bought a 21” iMac & never looked back. I've had to upgrade the OS 4 times. 2 of those were free & the other 2 were $20. Upgraded the RAM from 2 to 6 GB $130
    That's it, no virus protection/security software, etc

    While it's not as fast as it was in 2008, it still works fine.

    Almost forgot. Thanks to those here at the forum who helped me out over the years. When I look back & see some of the questions I asked, I'm surprised no one said something like
    "what kind of an idiot are you ?
    But if memory serves, none of you ever did.
    That shows how classy this forum is.

    Last edited by easilyscan; 04-27-2018 at 02:59 PM.

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    10 Wonderful Years
    Slydude's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 16, 2009
    North Louisiana, USA
    Your Mac's Specs
    2.8 GHz 2008 MacBook Pro 10.11, 8 GB mem, iPhone XS, 2015 iMac 16 GB 10.14.1 beta
    Congrats on your tenth anniversary of sorts. Any plans to celebrate with some new gear?
    “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”
    Kevin Durant

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slydude View Post
    Congrats on your tenth anniversary of sorts. Any plans to celebrate with some new gear?
    Maybe as early as this fall. I'm a storm chaser, & use iMovie for most of my editing. Went through quite a few crashes/lock ups last year, & now I'm shopping for a 4K camcorder.
    It will only get worse. I can only hope that new iMacs are as bulletproof as this one.

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    10 Wonderful Years
    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    Your Mac's Specs
    2011 17" MBP 2.2ghz, 16gig ram, OS 10.11.6
    Quote Originally Posted by heyail View Post
    Wow! I wish my first computer lasted me 10 years. Got a Dell computer for 1,000 dollars and it only lasted 5 years. Switched to a $300 dollar laptop and it lasted me 1 year. Still working but bough the wrong specs. Really small memory. Now switched to a Macbook Pro and have it for almost 1 year now.
    Not unusual for many Apple computer users to have this experience. I'm mainly still working with two 2011 MacBook Pro's (each 7 years old)...and a 2010 MacBook Air (8 years old).

    And BELIEVE ME...these computers have seen many many many hours of use. Not sitting somewhere collecting dust & used once/week to do something. My 17" MacBook Pro has probably been in use 8-12 hours almost every day since I got it in 2011! Only recently did I replace the hard drive.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    10 Wonderful Years
    McBie's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 26, 2008
    Your Mac's Specs
    iPad Pro 12.9 latest iOS
    I can relate to that as well. In 2008 I wanted a computer that was working for me instead of me working for the computer. Bought a Mac and never looked back. Last year I completely switched from OSX to iOS devices and now i no longer use the MacBook Air. IPad Pro all the way and it suits me well.

    Cheers ... McBie
    A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.
    The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.

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    10 Wonderful Years
    nickyr's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 01, 2007
    Swansea - South Wales
    Your Mac's Specs
    late 2012 IMac 27", early 2015 MBPr, (10.14.1), iPhone 6 (iOS 12).
    Similar experience here too.

    My first iMac - bought in 2007 is still seeing daily use and working just fine. My sister now has it and loves it. My 2010 MacBook is stilling strong and a new SSD and RAM brought it bang unto date. I've even still got an iPod from 2006 or so that works like new.

    Johann Gambolputty de Von Ausfern....of Ülm

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