Speak for yourself. I bought a 2009 model 410 from a work surplus sale for $150US a couple of years ago. It's the older C2D chipset, but I stuck in an old 256GB SSD and 4GB RAM laying around, and installed an extra copy of Win7 64 I had and it flies. It sits right next to my gaming PC for general use (such as looking up walk-through hints when I'm stuck in a campaign for example).
your crazy, the 14"r listed was just sold on Woot's Front page last week. There are tons of these in the enterprise market. They are solid, and many have been upgraded with a SSD. Thanks to the durable chassis, they are hero laptops.
They may be somewhat old but they are by no means beyond their useful life. Some laptops can easily see 10+ years of service, not only for individuals but for businesses. Claiming that a computer which is older than three years is somehow useless is beyond ignorant. Even the ISS still uses Thinkpads from the late90's/early 2000's. I have no problem running my personal sever off of a 13+ years old Thinkpad T21. I know that you have to justify perpetually purchasing the latest hardware, but please keep your misguided opinions about obsolescence to yourself.