BUYING A NEW COMPUTER TODAY: FORCE FED TECHNOLOGY THAT THE AVERAGE CONSUMER DOESN'T NEED
Date: May 12th, 2008
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor) <--SHOP FOR COMPUTER PARTS HERE
So as you start to read this editorial, you already know that I am a writer for and an owner of a computer hardware website that you are visiting at this moment. My job along with my fellow writers is to write articles/reviews on computer hardware and report to you whether or not the product you have interest in is worth the money or has any potential issues.
But, our job also is to stay neutral and act as a technical liaisons between the manufacturer and the consumer. To be realistic, we aren't a marketing agency for the hardware manufacturer, though that is getting harder and harder to believe when you read some of the obviously biased content coming out in the past year. I won't name names, but most people will know who I am talking about.
Some articles state, “XXX is a necessary piece of computer hardware”, or, “ YYY is the component that every consumer needs in today's computing environment”. But have you really sat back and looked at some the hardware and related nonsense being pushed onto the market lately. Is it really needed? Are we buying nothing but hype? Will most consumers actually see a difference in their day to day computer activities?
What brought me to this latest epiphany was a trip I made to a local friend's house just to say hello. Also note that this friend owns a computer I made for him back in 2001. While at his residence form time to time, I will sit down at his desk and take a look at how his computer is doing. Is it running fine? Is it spyware and virus free, are there any windows updates available for it etc. so I tinker around with it. It has the usual load of standard consumer software including MS Office, Outlook Express, Internet Explorer and even runs a recent version of AutoCAD without a single hitch.
As I always do, I rebooted the computer, and within 30-40 seconds it was rebooted in a flash and waiting at the desktop with its tail wagging waiting for its master to give it a task to accomplish. I fire up an office document and in less than 2 seconds it is staring at me in the face. I open up the web browser, and visit Tweaknews (I know, vain.) and SNAP, there it is in record time. Wow, I mutter to myself as I marvel at how quickly. Maybe the site is cached and that lead to the fast page load. So I clear all the temporary internet files, cookies and history and load up a fresh browser page. Snap, there it is again. I opened up AutoCAD and it loads in an instant and is completely operational and working perfectly. To boil it down, task after task after task that I use day to day is faster on this machine than what is seen on my office machine at home. My office machine is a Intel Core 2 Duo Extreme X6800 2.93Ghz tower loaded with 2gigs of memory, 640gigs of a hard drive space, Windows XP and everything needed for a fast computer. But the kicker is, what was so special about my friends machine that was making it seem faster for day to day use?
To answer your question, nothing. My friends computer that I built in 2001 is powered by a sizzling 1.3Ghz Duron Processor, 512Megs of SDRAM (Oh yea baby!), a humongous 30gig drive and a standard ECS K7S5A motherboard and Windows 2000. You might laugh, but it will boot, execute programs and shut down faster than any computer I have seen today. If it can handle tasks even today without a hitch, why does any consumer need anything faster? To be honest, the mainstream consumer doesn't need anything produced, marketed or developed in the past 5 or more years. The extra speed will never be fully used or noticed.