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Posted: 1/14/2006 5:02:51 PM EDT
Title says it all. In this day and age, is a home PC a luxury or a necessity? A growing number of companies are finally switching their focus to the net.

In less than 10 years, IMO the home PC has become a necessity.
Link Posted: 1/14/2006 5:03:56 PM EDT
IBTP

For me it's a luxury. I don't do anything important (besides looking at boobies) on my home computer.
Link Posted: 1/14/2006 5:07:55 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/14/2006 5:10:13 PM EDT
Almost can't do without it...checking weather, booking flights, instant fund transfers, research, etc. etc. Oh, yeah....and pRon!
Link Posted: 1/14/2006 5:11:13 PM EDT
Its better than sitting on a sofa watching tv.
Link Posted: 1/14/2006 5:13:19 PM EDT
Both for me....
Link Posted: 1/14/2006 5:15:10 PM EDT
must have +1
Link Posted: 1/14/2006 5:18:27 PM EDT
Can't do biz or work or go to ARFCOM without it. Dayum- it's a necessity!
Link Posted: 1/14/2006 5:19:07 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ARDunstan:
Its better than sitting on a sofa watching tv.



It has replaced the TV.
Link Posted: 1/14/2006 5:30:49 PM EDT
It wasn't long ago that the telephone was considered a luxury....

IMHO, a TV, a computer and a phone are luxuries.
Link Posted: 1/14/2006 5:49:48 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/14/2006 5:51:18 PM EDT
All my machines are gaming machines.

They are a necessity.
Link Posted: 1/14/2006 5:52:39 PM EDT
necessity
Link Posted: 1/14/2006 5:57:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By piccolo:
It wasn't long ago that the telephone was considered a luxury....

IMHO, a TV, a computer and a phone are luxuries.



+1

But I live a luxurious lifestyle, and have all three.

With that said, I use a computer with internet more than any of the others. Next would be a phone. Last would be a tv.
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 11:33:25 AM EDT
I tend to shop for non-food items more and more online. I also get my news online.

I don't know if it's exactly a necessity, but I sure would go without a lot if I didn't have internet access. And having free TV and phone service wouldn't begin to make up for it.
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Link Posted: 1/15/2006 11:34:14 AM EDT
Yes, it's a necessity for me
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 11:37:20 AM EDT
Pretty much a necessity.


- kids homework

- product research

- product registration

- taxes

- purchases

- games

- photography

- communications
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 11:50:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/15/2006 11:54:49 AM EDT by Skibane]
Since:

1. This thread is running over the weekend,
2. Most of the folks with a PC at work don't work weekends, and
3. Many of the folks who have a PC at work either can't or won't cruise ARFCOM,

I'd venture that most of the folks who feel a home PC isn't necessary...

...won't be replying to this thread.

– Ski("Anyone who isn't here, please SPEAK UP!")bane –
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 10:38:34 AM EDT

I have several.

I could survive just fine with only 1 though.
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 10:42:00 AM EDT
Luxury.

I still take classes. I have to either go to campus or stay late at work to use a computer. It is a major pain in the ass. You can't go to college anymore without access to a computer, but most colleges now have ample access on campus (computer labs). I do remember reading that one of the big universities was going to require freshman to have a laptop in the next couple of years.

I still say it is a luxury to have one at home. (I don't, and yet I continue to breath normally!)
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 10:43:32 AM EDT
When push comes to shove, I think one has to agree that it is a LUXURY.

If you need access for various reasons like product research, homework, etc, you can use the public library.

The question of a "HOME PC" implies a household appliance or a PC secondary to a business PC. So I would make a distinction between a business asset and a home appliance on this topic.

Definitely a Luxury. That said, I don't want to be without one!

Oh, and IBTP
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 10:44:34 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/16/2006 10:46:13 AM EDT by pv74]
Necesity..

I go to school...
Pay bills
Look for shit I wanna buy...
Buy shit...
Invest..
Look at porno...
and so on...

And of course.... I MUST HAVE HIGH SPEED INTERNET

Link Posted: 1/16/2006 10:47:53 AM EDT
it really depends.

For me it is a luxury, but that is because I have one at work that I could use to pay bills and order stuff when I need to.

For others that work at home or don't have one at work, I think it becomes a necessity.
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 10:48:56 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 10:50:48 AM EDT
must have mainly for my bill pay though my bank. Other great things about home pc, ARFCOM, Netflix, ARFCOM vendors<--------nice to know you can find "real info" and not some bullshit from a former Navy Seal at the gunshop. Update news and access to outlets that advance the conservative cause.
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 10:53:34 AM EDT
I work from home, mostly. Necessity for me. For alot of folks, I wouldn't put it up there with basic utilities, but I'd say it's somewhere in the middle. You son't need it, but it's certainly more than a nice luxury. It's incredibly usefull.

It's kind of like having a washing machine. You don't NEED it, but it sure makes doing laundry a hell of alot easier.
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 10:55:34 AM EDT
I won't read a news paper, but I will read the internet all day long. For me it's a necessity. As is the cell phone.
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 10:55:39 AM EDT
Necessity
I use it for gaming and everythign else.
Also some of my classes require internet access and online homework.
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 11:02:15 AM EDT
I do everything online. I have not visited a bank teller in 5 years. A book of stamps lasts me 6 months.
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 11:15:32 AM EDT
There is now enough content out there that it is a necessity.

Its actually to the point where I even have no problem with someone on welfare buying a computer with what is effectively my money.

Still get pissed off abouth the cable TV and Game Cubes though.
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 11:23:05 AM EDT
It's becoming pretty much a necessity. As far as commerce and communications go at least. There are still some home's with PC's in them, but not the internet, as well as homes with neither.

Basically, you can get by without it, but everyone and everything assumes that you do. 5 years ago when I was either a sophomore or a junior in high school I remember 95% of my classmates had access to the internet at home. That was 5 years ago, middle class neighborhood.
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 3:54:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:
for me it's a must have.



Yep. For my wife's business activities and my business activities, we require the use of computers for both communication and applications.

Jim
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