An article by Andy McCabe
I am often told that a computer is going very slow and asked if it needs to be replaced. The natural inclination is to feel that, all things being equal, a computer will go the same speed on its last day as its first; but all things are not equal. When the computer was purchased and installed, there was a specific task it needed to perform and a software set to make that happen. That same software set had recommended system requirements which most likely were met with some room to spare. So, it stands to reason that at that point in time the computer was, to the user, speedy.
Originally published in The Standard (Pg. 14; Vol. 280, No. 26)