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Work in the Cloud removes some operating systems barriers

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A little over two years ago I paid about $999 for a state-of-the-art Windows desktop with a small footprint, plenty of speed and a huge hard drive. When it failed just past the two-year warranty mark, I tried to replace the hard drive–but the hard drive was not the problem. My attempt to salvage the computer was fruitless, and the computer was essentially worth nothing. I took it to the recycling counter at my local big box store and received nothing in return, not even a $10 gift card!

This seems like an awful short life for a name-brand computer from a company that used to have a good reputation. My current notebook computer of the same brand had a “blue screen of death” issue when the unit was only three months old. And it has had intermittent startup problems ever since. I do not expect the notebook to last much longer.

In a recent meeting, I was asked if I was planning to switch to Microsoft Windows 8. My reply, after these two recent issues–which may or may not be related to software–was this:

I am getting close to where my work does not require a Windows-based system. I expect that my next computer will be a Mac.

This should become a reality soon. Some of my clients use Google Docs and GMail or Microsoft Office 365 in the Cloud. These are accessible from essentially any device with an internet browser, and your information resides in the Cloud. These and other options like OpenOffice.org  and Zoho remove some of “frills” or “bloat” from the desktop software counterparts and allow easy document sharing and collaboration 24/7.

If everything were operating system-neutral, then operating system does not matter. Form and function rule the day. It is some of the more specialized software programs that are available only as a Windows desktop client that tie me to my Windows notebook device.

Maybe the short life span of  my Windows devices will encourage me to try some of the other options available, at the same time allowing me to leave my computer at the office and use a tablet instead.

Should you have old computer equipment, repurpose or recycle it; you should not leave it in the dumpster or set it out on the curb on trash day, or stash in a computer “boneyard.” For ideas on what to do with old computing equipment, click here.

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Author: Jill Barson Gilbert

Founder, President & CEO of Lexicon Systems, LLC, an independent management consulting firm in Houston, TX. Thought leader on environment, health & safety (EHS) and sustainability software. Trusted advisor on strategic planning and strategic marketing issues.

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