Listless where once was busy
Serving a massive transient trade
In twisted lines, punters sifting
Trawling to upgrade
Watching for the moment's sake,
What to leave and what to take
Alas, those day's, long past. …
Where once the company advertised itself as the largest computer fare in the world, it is now relegated to little more than a church-hall bazaar.
Most of the stall holders having been burnt from stocking hardware that wouldn't sell before it was relegated to out of date and unsellable. Now they no longer come. All that is left is a few old hands knowing what might sell:
Inks, paper, copied freebies from the Internet and old refurbished and unrefurbished ex-school computers and the assorted innards of unidentifiable systems.
So I bought a motherboard, complete with CPU and RAM. All 512 whateverbytes of it.
And a 15 inch monitor.
I also got a copy of XP Pro, and a service pack upgrade disc (I know I can get it off the 'Net for free but it takes forever.) With the notexactlyfreeware I got a disc that I hope will give me my SATA drive back.
Which means I'll be able to put XP on all my machines.
Which means goodbye Linux; more or less. (Until Adobe pleases not just Steve Jobs but Linus Torvalds too.)