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The flippin' PS3 has just died again after barely a month, in which time I played it for maybe half an hour. And it's still got a disk stuck in it, which is great. I think it's fair to say that the original model has reached the end of its natural lifespan. My first PS3 lasted about 4 years, its refurb replacement from Sony lasted about a year, and this latest one lasted only a couple of months. When I spoke to the guy on the phone this morning he said that they were no longer providing refurb original units, so I guess they'd realised it wasn't worth it, too. Why did I want a refurb every time rather than a new model (which I was offered every time)? Because of backwards compatibility. The original could play PS2 games, but the new models can't. That means, unfortunately, that I now have no way of playing PS2 games (well, I have an original PS2 in the attic, but I'm not sure Kate would let me have that out downstairs). I think I might have a look into how PS2 emulators have come along on the PC. Last time I looked they could just about do homebrew, but that was years ago. I don't know if my desktop machine would be able to run it sufficiently, but I got hold of a knackered old work laptop last week (still more powerful than my old PC) that I'm hoping to get up and running as a gaming rig. It barely boots at the moment, and I think the problem is with the memory, so I'm going to get hold of some new RAM and see if that works - if it does, then it'll be a cheap new computer for me. If it doesn't, well...it'll be a heavier bin bag this week.
So, in summary, computers are rubbish and evil. I'm onto my fourth PS3, and it better bleedin' work when it turns up later this week.