Like many people, we’ve got a MacBook, but this is a recent update. We’ve always had PC computers. At one point, there were probably around 6-8 old PCs in various states of assembly in our home office, which got a bit cluttered. That being said, there are many things that you can do with old PCs, and making yours into a data server makes sense since it’s something that desktops do well.
We’ve been living with an older PC for a few years, but like many users, we don’t really want to spend too much money on upgrading it fully, since we’ve added a couple new laptops to step in for the PC’s deficiencies. But using a PC for 5-7 years is possible, you only need to know which parts to upgrade when performance begins to hamper productivity…
I read about the Pando tree today, thanks to this aside that I posted. It’s incredible to think that such an organism acutally exists. The Pando tree almost sounds like it’s straight out of science-fiction. In fact, I can think of numerous examples in science-fiction that are very similar to this concept. Right now the only one that I can think off clearly is the Pattern Jugglers of Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds.
Contrary to the title of this post, it hasn’t been actually scientifically confirmed that the Pando tree is 80000 years old. It could be even older. As much as a million years old. There could also be other root systems in Utah that are older, but have been less studied than Pando.