If you're a software engineer, then having you work on a slow computer costs the company money. If you're a secretary, not so much.
About two years ago, I showed my boss how it took me 45 minutes to compile our application in order to test even the most trivial change. The next day, he authorized me to buy a new PC. It probably takes 10 minutes now ... maybe a tad bit less. That's big $$$.
I used to work as a software engineer. I don't miss coding but I do miss that badass workstation I had.
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