The End? My personal computer, the communication and entertainment center for our family, is about to reach the end of its lifecycle. There are many telltale signsdecreasing performance, growing mechanical noise, increasing need for reboots, and incompatibilities with new gadgets. The time is coming for a switch to a new machine. If I'm lucky, I will make the change before the current computer dies. But how do I know when it is the right time to do this? My computer can't say "I will die soon." The situation is stressful. The last time I upgraded computers I lost a…
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