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    Dad had several old computers around. One is an Apple, and ooolllldddd Apple that won't even boot up. Another is a 'laptop' that I believe still runs something like Windows 3.1. It boots but that is as far as I have ever gone with it. Weighs about 25 lbs methinks. Then there is an XP machine, and his current machine that has Windows 7 Home Pro edition.

    What are the thoughts here on keeping one of these - aside from the Apple of course - to use as an off-net machine for writing, word processing in general, maybe spreadsheet stuff (which i happen to suck at) and personal stuff I'd rather not expose to possible hacking like insurance inventories, financial sheets, etc.

    Are there any good reliable XP programs that can be transferred between the off-line and on-line machines via thumb drive, etc? IOW versions of Word or WordPerfect, etc that will work on both XP and 7 Home, etc? There are3 no Windows 10 machines here.

    RR
    Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest. - Benjamin Franklin

    I have but one person on my ignore list. Can you guess who it is?

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    DUMP!!!!!! Anything that says Window's, if you want that old stuff.

    Definitely go with a Linux system, as they are "open source" and are constantly updated.

    I STILL cannot get over all the Folks, who want to cling to this old Windows crap!!! It is no longer supported. It MAY even explain why AW was hacked!!!!

    Keep up with the times!!!! THEY.....are out there!!!
    And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgement was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands: and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Rev. Chap.20 Vs.4)

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      Led, have to consider that some of us are comfortable with Windoze, buggy as it is. Personally I loved XP and hated moving away from it. And yes, I believe Bill Gates is a greedy so-and-so stuck inside his liberal utopia fantasy. If anything though Steve Jobs was even more so.

      Not opposed to Linux for any reason save that it means relearning and different programs, etc. I'm a user, not a techy.

      RR
      Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest. - Benjamin Franklin

      I have but one person on my ignore list. Can you guess who it is?

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      • #4
        I am using Windows 10 myself. After I went through all the settings, and turned of all the stuff I don't need.......I love it! It is not the Demon everyone says it is, if you tailor to your liking. You are tracked no matter where you go.......so why NOT have the bestest and fastest.......and SAFEST computer you can have???

        I LOVE old cars and motorcycles...........but an old Windows system? Not a whole lot!!
        And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgement was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands: and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Rev. Chap.20 Vs.4)

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        • #5
          xp era machines can range from useless to not that bad. the win7 machine is likely useful.
          openoffice has versions for xp and up.
          Check ebay on the old mac value some of them have little value but some are in demand and sell for enough to make it worth bothering..
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Led View Post
            I am using Windows 10 myself. After I went through all the settings, and turned of all the stuff I don't need.......I love it! It is not the Demon everyone says it is, if you tailor to your liking. You are tracked no matter where you go.......so why NOT have the bestest and fastest.......and SAFEST computer you can have???

            I LOVE old cars and motorcycles...........but an old Windows system? Not a whole lot!!
            Got Windows 7 here. Had it since August 6th 2011. EIGHT+ YEARS. My monitor is OLDER than the tower. On Turkey Day will be picking up my first laptop that I broke half a year ago. All fixed. People like me IOW dinosaurs probly shouldn't even HAVE computers. But we do. Shoot my fixed Laptop I cannot remember who made it. If I knew a Prayer specifically for that laptop I woulda hopefully had the Fix put in already.

            Dadburn it where's that New Thread for those 2 NEW TRUCKS made of aluminum made in NY state? A young guy name of Andrew Camarata told me a week+ago about these. I LIKE BOTH tho likely could not afford either. The 4 door model reminds me of the long wheelbase 60s model LAND ROVER. Or the International Scout. Like/LOVE both.

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              Originally posted by Led View Post
              I am using Windows 10 myself. After I went through all the settings, and turned of all the stuff I don't need.......I love it! It is not the Demon everyone says it is, if you tailor to your liking.[b] You are tracked no matter where you go.......so why NOT have the bestest and fastest.......and SAFEST computer you can have???

              I LOVE old cars and motorcycles...........but an old Windows system? Not a whole lot!!
              I still remember the straight 6 in my 1959 Chevy Apache. Brakes and clutch were only big deals I could not fix myself. Wish I still had that truck. 3speed on the column I wood not doubt it got better mileage per gallon than my 04.
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