Thursday, February 25, 2010

Looking for a Computer?

I love cutting edge electronics, but sadly know little about them. Every few years we purchase a new desktop, laptop or netbook based on reviews, what our former Geek Squad friend tells us to buy or what looks really cool.  "How to Pick Your Own Computer" by my dear friend, Leena Rao, is an excellent guide for the technology impaired.  What does RAM really mean?  She breaks it down for us ghetto style -- and when I say ghetto I actually mean Medill School of Journalism style.  It's an informed and easy to read article that gives us a quick overview without wasting hours of time surfing the "series of tubes" that is the internet.  If only the late Senator Ted Stevens (known for knowing nothing about the internet while regulating the internet) had the chance to read Leena's stuff.  He may have come off a little more tech savvy.

Leena Rao writes for Tech Crunch, a reputable weblog, and

Just a fun reminder below of our beloved Ted Stevens:

“Ten movies streaming across that, that Internet, and what happens to your own personal Internet? I just the other day Internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday. I got it yesterday [Tuesday]. Why? Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the Internet commercially.  [...] They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it's going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material”

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