This is not really an AIX tip, but it does effect all my daily work and so I thought I would still have a rant! :)
week the USB Ports failed on my HP laptop so I enquired about a repair.
To their credit HP were very helpful and it can be done so long as I
can get the machine to London. I then went to a local IT chain and asked
for a second opinion just in case they could order the part and thus
save me time by fitting it locally...
There response was
unsuprising. "It would be cheaper to buy a new one" which got me
thinking. Whilst this is true the value of the software that I have
installed is greater than the cost of the new machine, and coupled with
all the hassle of re-installing the apps etc, makes it a complete
nightmare for me, and most likely many other people.
are probably wondering what the point of this post is?
I think that if
Microsoft, and perhaps also IBM et al, could come up with a way to
effectively CLONE your configuration (licences, activations, etc) from
your original machine to a new one. Once you were happy, have some way of nuking the original and perhaps recycling the parts, this could be a great way to encourage people to update and upgrade?