You don’t need a new computer

Posted on Monday, December 11th, 2006 at 7:28 pm by JTE

It’s hard to believe, but it just might be possible to live without a snazzy new computer with multiple, blazing fast processors. Stephan Harding apparently does it, and writes great books at the same time. Here’s what he said about writing Animate Earth in an email to me this weekend:

I wrote a lot of Animate Earth on the Apple Mac ‘emate’ – a very small seed
pod-like machine designed for children in the early 90′s. A delight to
use – grey screen with black letters – very ‘old fashioned’. One can use
the emate outside – the screen is best seen in the sun. So I wrote outdoors
during my travels – Arizona, Australia, etc. Easy download to PC. They
cost almost nothing on Ebay
– I have three of them. Could write a little
piece on the joy of using them.

So there you have it. No need to buy something that took a huge amount of energy to produce and that you’ll be frustrated with inside of 8 months. Go for something tried and true; to paraphrase Parliament Funkadelic, free your mind of computer consumerism and your path to a small eco-footprint will follow.

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