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I have been using the same trusty late-2008 MacBook since, well, late-2008. We've had some challenges here and there, but it's still working pretty well. But now I'm constantly running into 'your connection is not private' warnings. Some amount of sleuthing later and I find it's (most likely) because I'm running El Capitan, which is no longer supported by some ssl certificate... something or other.
No problem, I think. I'll update to a newer OS. Except as I'm sure you already know... El Capitan is the most recent OS that's compatible with a late-2008 MacBook.
So now I'm at a loss. Do I use a patch to upgrade to a newer OS? Do I stop resisting and get a new laptop? I'm feeling a little overwhelmed and at a loss, and would really appreciate any guidance. I'll try to put as much information as I can think of to be helpful below, but please don't hesitate to ask if I left something out!
Thanks in advance!!
Current MacBook info:
MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008)
Processor 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Memory 8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256 MB
Over the years I've replaced:
Battery
Charging cable
HD (replaced with a 1TB SATA SSD)
Memory (added 2 4gb memory cards)
Considerations:
1) I am on a budget (see: using the same laptop for 13 years), but have saved up enough that I could buy a new laptop if that's what makes the most sense in the long run. So I'm particularly looking for guidance on what is the most sensible option, rather than the easiest ('just buy a new one') or the cheapest ('slap some more duct tape on it!'), if that makes sense?
2) My concern with keeping the current one is that we're starting to reach the edge of my computer knowledge, in terms of what I can do on my own to keep it going. Who knows how much longer I'll be able to keep it up? There's definitely a point of diminishing returns, I just don't know if I've passed it yet or not.
3) My concern with getting a new one is that it just seems like I'm not going to be able to franken-computer a newer model, and I don't want to end up having to get a new model every 3 years or some nonsense like that due to planned obsolescence. I'm also a little overwhelmed by the options and price points and release schedule and... you know. The whole general Thing of buying a new laptop.
4) My primary uses are pretty typical - web browsing, zoom, netflix/hulu/etc, excel and powerpoint, and the occasional game (Myst or Catan moreso than Fortnite). Right now it handles most of these pretty well, although things get a little questionable if I try to do more than one at a time.
TL;DR:
I have a late-2008 MacBook. Do I update it to keep it going longer (if so, in what ways specifically), or do I get a new one (if so, what do I get)?

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