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[qi:_webworkerdaily] Replacing an old laptop is very expensive, and in the current economic climate, many folks are looking save money wherever possible. With some cheap, easy-to-install laptop upgrades, it’s possible to breathe life into an old machine and keep it humming along for a fraction of […]

[qi:_webworkerdaily] Replacing an old laptop is very expensive, and in the current economic climate, many folks are looking save money wherever possible. With some cheap, easy-to-install laptop upgrades, it’s possible to breathe life into an old machine and keep it humming along for a fraction of the cost of replacing it.

One of the most cost-effective upgrades available is more memory. RAM is cheap and maxing out the memory on a machine (at a cost of maybe $50) will give it a terrific performance boost. Other upgrades that don’t cost much but will have a marked effect on the usefulness of the machine are a bigger hard drive (either on-board or external), higher-capacity battery and the addition of Bluetooth. Revamping an old machine might not be as exciting as buying a new one, but saving hundreds of dollars feels pretty good, too.

  1. Already read this great article on webworkerdaily!
    GigaOm network really rocks!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Shahab

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  2. If you just need it for browsing and email, and the occasional document, you might consider moving to Ubuntu Linux, too. You have to learn a couple of tricks to install it, but then you get a system that boots in 1/3 the time, includes a full suite of applications, doesn’t require $50/year of security software, and confounds your friends.

    Yeah, there are some gotchas, but so far each one has meant a quick Google search and a 3-min workaround. If you’re really trying to save money, give it a shot (just keep your Windows disks handy).

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    1. That’s a good point Paul. I decided to stick with hardware changes for my WWD post, but moving to Linux on an older machine is worth considering.

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  3. i have a computer repair shop that caters to the very price concoius. the biggest mistake everyone seems to make is waiting too long to upgrade. if you have a laptop w1ith 1gb of ddr2 now is the time to max out with 4gb; if you wait the price will go up, by the time mos`of my customers come to me for an upgrade they can buy a new machine for the same price(since they`need ddr1, an IDE nootbook drive, and a battery that is nio blonger produced)

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  4. Oh, in these economic times, don’t we all want ” cheap, easy-to-install laptop upgrades”. Great post. My computer, my wallet and I thank you for the info.

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