Breaking up with your old PC is hard to do


When I last bought a computer, 9/11 was simply a phone number to call in an emergency, rather than the shorthand for the worst emergency in recent memory. When I last bought a computer, the nation was watching shows like Friends, Spin City and Ally McBeal.

My almost seven-year-old daughter wasn't born yet. In other words, my desktop was old and needed to be replaced. I've seen sun dials that move faster than my computer.

And since I've learned a few things about the computer buying process, I thought I'd pass them along for the few people who may still be trying to part from their old clunker.