About Cheap Computing

Image of Robin MillerCheap Computing is your guide to low-cost computer hardware and software for both home and business use. While most IT-related columns tell you how to spend your money on the latest and greatest gadgets, Cheap Computing tells you how to spend as little as possible, often by using trailing edge products instead of constantly running to stay on the leading edge of technology.

The funny thing is, those of us who stick to older (we like to call it “proven”) technology not only save money, but usually have more reliable computers, networks, and other digital products than our friends who wait in line to get the latest iThingie every time a new one hits the market.

— Robin ‘Roblimo’ Miller has been covering IT as a reporter and editor since the 1980s. He’s written for Time/Life, The Washington Post, and — of course — Slashdot. He uses a MacBook Pro he got in 2006, an HP desktop he got on sale in 2012 for under $400, and drives a 1996 Jeep Cherokee. And before you ask: Yes, Robin runs Linux. And lots of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), some of which is better than its proprietary competition.

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