Software vs. Hardware

Filed under: Technology; Author: Les Bain; Posted: April 6, 2008 at 1:33 pm;

I am like most technical folks … I get involved in computer hardware support. It is always more difficult than I imagine going in.  “Oh, replace that defective CD drive – no problem – two wires and 4 screws.” Famous last words.

I had saved up all the hardware work I had to do, and with some able assistance, started to work on 6 different computers this weekend. I have run into problem after problem. I vow when I do this, I will never work on hardware again. I do not like it. One computer is done, there are 5 more in process.

I really like software development, everything from website construction to writing programs, and the thorniest problem is always just a challenge. But hardware problems are frustrating and irritating. It is probably because I often do not know enough to overcome the problems, but when I call in the experts they often get stumped also.

I think the real problem is that it is just not viable to spend too much time working on hardware. It is just so cheap to buy a new computer. That is especially true if everything is stored online. For those that use GMail, Zoho, del.icio.us, Flick, and similar products, computers are almost interchangeable.

It now looks as if 3 of 6 are working, but one that I rebuilt is lacking some files I thought were backed up and were not. Damn.

I hate working on hardware.

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