I didn’t really realize it until Betshopboy pointed it out, but I haven’t done a Twitter Question of the Day (QOTD) on this blog for some time. As you may recall, this is when I pose a question to the Twitter community and post the responses here on Beyond the Rhetoric.

In the past, I’ve asked questions regarding everything from whether they liked their jobs to the breed of dog they would like to be reincarnated as. Today, I take a look at the piece of technology that is nearest and dearest to so many bloggers, writers, and entrepreneurs: the computer.

If it were not for the invention of the personal computer and the advent of the Internet, it is very unlikely that I would have embarked on a career as a freelance writer. As such, I posed two related questions to the “tweeps” on Twitter:

How often do you buy a new computer? Laptop or desktop.

betshopboy @michaelkwan I’ve been using my current Toshiba laptop for 4 yrs & it’s still serving me well. Now I’m tempted to get one of those netbook
kennymatic @michaelkwan My current MacBookPro is slightly over 2yrs old and going strong, though new 13″ MBP is trying to enchant me
JasonLandals @michaelkwan Buy? What it this “buy” you speak of it? I know not how it applies to computer hardware.

What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a computer?

iphoneincanada @michaelkwan most time or money
colindean . @michaelkwan I spent US $3142 on my Sager 5680 in September 2003. I probably spent another $200 on accessories, so ~$3350 total.
joetech @michaelkwan $4,000 but that was back in 1994 or so.