The big machine is close to 10 years old...maybe older, as I do not remember when it was purchased. I have done one major back-up on it and then yearly just back up files, because I am not smart enough to figure out how to back it up correctly! I own three separate hard drives.
The next in size (laptop) is a Gateway computer I purchased a long time ago. I searched the drive properties and it said it was a 2006 version. Almost ten years ago, and it WAS working pretty well until a small crack on one corner (near the electrical input) started to grow and now bits of plastic could fall off if I did not tape them with package tape, as I am doing, on the back and cannot be seen in the photo. It also would overheat if I dd not check the position of the bits of plastic each time I use it...I even resorted to using an ice bag below at times!
One Christmas I got an old Kindle as a gift which just stopped working after a few years! So I went to Amazon and got a new one (turquoise turtle covered) and they still have all my reading purchases in their cloud and transferred to the new Kindle. Then in a weird fit of jealousy, greed, fear of being left behind(?) I followed hubby when he decided he wanted a Nook a few years ago and since they were on sale...I also got one (orange)! I have a bunch of books on it, some in the cloud, and I also check out from the local library when I do not mind being rushed to finish a read. It works for blogging, FB and other stuff as well. Easy to transport, uses the charge pretty fast.
Since my old laptop was scary, I decided I had better get a new one and back up stuff from the old laptop. I researched and bought a laptop/tablet...Lenova (the silver gray). No detachable keyboard,but folds completely back and works like a tablet. Geek squad was supposed to transfer stuff, refused to transfer software, etc. Now I have to figure out how to do that.
Oh, I also have a phone where I can pretty much do virtual reality stuff on a tiny keyboard if I am in a self-flagellating mood and even do some photographic stuff on a very small scale.
BUT, this story is not over yet. I want a graphics tablet! I want it so badly I can see it...just out of reach. My photography hobby is reaching new levels that only a graphics tablet can meet. I have limited time on this earth and want to try that out!
I will need a larger surge protector to keep all of these charged! So much for a small carbon footprint. I have to label and keep together all charging cords...a real nightmare.
Now, you may ask, why is this good for an elder brain? Well some of these devices have touch screens, various devices use various control key commands (and while most are OS Windows, they are still different), menu drop downs are sometimes sideways, ESC key works for some and only for others in certain windows, in some cases I have to remember some other key combination, some are touch screen and I forget others are not, one uses a mouse and two others a touch pad....I find that my brain strains to learn each of the subtle language differences when communicating with, through, and on these devices. That must be good for the brain if not the pocket-book, right? And, just think of all the extra chances to have my ID stolen, now that the Federal database has been broken into and my Social Security number is available to some nefarious Chinese entities!