What's Old is New: How New Software is Making it Easier for Computers to Last Longer

Nerveware has devised a piece of software that dives into an old computer and essentially makes it just as good as new.
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Written by Staff Writer • Posted on Jul 18, 2013

I’ve spent a great deal of my life in front of a computer. It’s what happens when you grow up in the digital age. But, as with most folks my age, my first exposure to computers was in elementary school. I remember being shuttled through typing classes to learn how to type properly (because, in the future, everyone would have to learn that) and I also remember spending an inordinate amount of time playing computer games in the lab after school (Oregon Trail was a particular favorite).

What I always noticed about those old school computers is that they were often painfully slow. I can’t tell you how many times I would be typing away and the cursor couldn’t keep up with me. It was painfully obvious, even back then, that we needed to update our computers. Of course, updates are just a way of life now, but if anything, regular updates to your computer are even more critical.

That’s why I found this article on a company called Nerveware so interesting. The company has devised a piece of software that dives into an old computer and essentially makes it just as good as new. For schools, I believe this to be especially pertinent. My wife, the teacher, has computers at her school that are going on 15 years old. That’s ancient by computer standards and yet nothing will be done to upgrade them. For the students, it’s particularly tough because most of the old computers don’t work well with newer software and so getting any value out of those old machines is, quite simply, a massive exercise in frustration.

As it relates to our own computers at home, I’m curious to see if this technology will make it out of the schools. If so, I know for me it would be great to take it to my grandmother’s house and give her, for all intents and purposes, a new computer without having to upgrade the older one. After all, getting the most out of a computer without having to buy a new one every two-three years would be fantastic.

Anyway, hit the comments with your thoughts on the article! Are you excited for new software that could change the way we buy computers?