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B01: How long computer lasts

QUESTION: How long will I keep my new computer?

ANSWER: That is a hard question to answer. As a rule of thumb any new computer should do you for at least four years, if not more. My first computer lasted me seven years, but now I place greater demands on my computer and I buy a new one every couple of years. However, the average length of ownership is eighteen months! I think that number is so low because executives trade in their computers when technology makes a new leap. I never really cared about the latest and the greatest. I just wanted a computer that accomplished the tasks I required.