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Yes, one must choose their browsers carefully - Pale Moon worked well for the most part, supplemented with Firefox for more *modern* sites - but for my modest needs this oldie performed remarkably well. The fact that it's running a stripped-down version of W7 with no AV installed definitely helped its performance quite a bit.
How long can this state of affairs go on is a whole different question. My best guess would be that by the end of the decade these systems will be completely obsolete, although I admit that I'd love to be proven wrong on that one...
George (your grouchy retired FlexView farmer)
FlexView AARP club members:A31p, T43pSF
Abused daily: T520, X200s
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Well I feel like that these systems go obsolete after a few years of OS/apps no longer supporting 32 bit, or requiring SSE3 or DX10.
In its current state, newest version of casual apps like Spotify work just fine, though not the smoothest experience, while other apps such as Word 2016 runs pretty laggy because its hardware acceleration requires either DX9c or DX10.
600 PII-266 416mb 40gb WXP
T23 PIII 1.13ghz 1gb W7
Lat D830 X9000 8gb 128gb WSXGA+ Ultrasharp fp W10
T530i 15.6" i7 16gb fp W10
A30p PIII 1.2 1gb W7 (IDTech)
T43p 2.26 2gb fp W10 (Sharp)
Lat C840 P4-2.5 2gb 60gb W7 (Ultrasharp)
I agree. If you do not care about productivity, then there is no harm in using these old laptops with a cup of coffee and working leisurely on your hobbies. I myself have a T42, and a few machines of comparable age, and enjoy using them "recreationally" from time to time. However, I would not be able to use them for any kind of serious work, even if all I did was editing documents and writing email. There would be just too much time wasted waiting for the computer's slow response when working with large documents, or multiple applications, time that I don't want to waste when I am working and want to be as productive as possible per unit of time spent.
X61 7673-V2V, T60 2007-QPG, T42 2373-F7G, X32 (IPS Screen), A31p w/ Ultrabay Numpad, A21m 2628-GXU
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