Every so often, like many people, I find myself being completely fed up with technology. The new computer I bought last year is now a complete waste of space sitting in the corner of my desk. You might ask “why, what did you do to it, it’s barely a year old”. Well, I’ll tell you why. It has become outdated, obsolete, and even worse…s…l…o…w.
When I originally purchased that computer I specifically told the salesman that I needed a computer that is fast. So he showed me all of the computers that were outdated, on sale, and a guaranteed easy sale for him so he could get a commission. So I bought the one that I thought was the best deal and now I am sitting here with a $1000 paper weight. What I should have done is tell him where he could put those computers. Before I bought my most recent computer I spent a lot of time in various stores and online gathering as much information as I could on computers and speed.
It turns out, that no matter how good or fast your computer is, after enough usage they all become slow. The problem with computers is that everything you ever do is stored in it. Even if you delete items and empty the recycle bin, it won’t really help. All the stuff that is deleted is really just deleted from the users view and is hidden in the corner of some memory bank, taking up space and slowing down the computer. A few tricks I was able to learn in order to help it speed back up were things like: save files on an external drive, delete temporary files, delete internet browsing history, and defragment the computer. Sure this stuff helps to a certain degree, but in the end you have to constantly repeat the process and it’s not worth the time.
So this time, after doing my research, I found out that new technology is being designed to combat this problem. Although, it has not completely eradicated it, the problem is slowly getting better. There are a few major components that you want to look for in a computer, the main ones are: processor, RAM, and hard drive. Similar to a race car, top speed can essentially be boiled down to horse power, gears, and aerodynamics. There are plenty of other things to consider, but these three are the essentials.
I recently bought a Toshiba for a few hundred dollars more than my last “on sale” computer. It comes standard with an incredible finger print recognition security and a built in camera. It is a very remarkable piece of machinery. Yet like every other computer ever mentioned, by the time you read this, it will already be a thing of the past. However, the technology that it comes with should be more than enough to satisfy your needs for the next years to come. With a 4GB RAM, 320GB in the hard drive, and a Pentium Core 2 duo processor, this bad boy is ready to launch a space shuttle out of my back yard. Although it will take me a while to perform a test of every task on it that I could possibly need it for, so far it has been operating smoothly. (NO, TOSHIBA DID NOT PROVIDE ME WITH THE COMPUTER OR GIVE ME ANY DISCOUNT ON THE PURCHASE, BUT THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN AWESOME. SO YOU KNOW WHEN I TELL YOU IT’S A GOOD COMPUTER, I HAVE NO REASON TO ALTER MY JUDGMENT.)
Now, some of you may be asking what the hell all of those numbers and things mean. Personally I don’t technically know what that stuff is all about either, but through analogy I can tell you why it is important. Look at it this way:
The computer is one of those jacked up dudes you see on ESPN’s strong man competition. The three essential components of the computer (the hard drive, RAM, and processor) can be compared to upper body strength, lower body strength, and mental determination to win. Now here’s the scenario, if the competitor wants to win, he has to pick up the last huge boulder and place it on a pedestal – this is like you wanting to get the fastest computer you can. If the body builder has only upper body strength, he may be able to slightly move the heavy rock. If he has only lower body strength, or only determination, then the same thing. Now consider he has two of the three. Upper body strength and lower body strength, well he can probably pick up the rock, but when he sees Magnusson ahead of him, he may give up. Same with upper and determination (except legs give out), or lower and determination (except arms give out). What the computer need is all of it to win; sure it can get by with two of the three, or maybe even be a competitor with one of the three. But the more it has, the better it will do. It is essential that the computer not only has the upper and lower body strength to pick up the rock, but also the determination to run with it when he sees the competition ahead of him.
If you have found the perfect computer you want and know that it will last you for the next amount of time that you require, but find that it is just out of you budget. Wait three to five months and something new will be out and the one you want should be cheaper. Of course you will have to deal with not getting that new technology which is now what you really want. Just remember that if you decided four months ago that it was good enough for you needs, that new technology is not necessary. New technology is only an advantage if it is years apart. One month’s difference in technology, while it is better, is only better by a slight amount and not enough for the avid user to be able to tell any difference.