I've always found the whole "cattle-versus-pets" debate about computers to be amusing. Mainly because I've never compared computers to animals.
Rather, my analogy for them has always been naval vessels. Sure they can range from small transports and destroyers all the way to battleships & aircraft carriers and I may have some emotional attachment, but in the end they're all inanimate objects to be used for something. The good ones get a good send-off when I decommission them, but I still do it.
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