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Personal Computing Today - How To Buy A PC
Personal Computing Today - How To Buy A PC
Personal Computing Today - How To Buy A PC
Personal Computing Today - How To Buy A PC
Personal Computing Today - How To Buy A PC
Personal Computing Today - How To Buy A PC
Personal Computing Today - How To Buy A PC
Personal Computing Today - How To Buy A PC
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Personal Computing Today - How To Buy A PC

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This brief presentation made at NewBCamp @ Providence College in Providence on April 19, 2009 describes developments in computing that are effecting consumers' options for selecting and purchasing …

This brief presentation made at NewBCamp @ Providence College in Providence on April 19, 2009 describes developments in computing that are effecting consumers' options for selecting and purchasing computers.

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    • 1. Personal Computing – Today How do I buy a personal computer? NewBCamp Providence College Free Geek Providence April 19, 2009 Mark Leeuwenburgh
    • 2. Technology Convergence <ul><li>The need for speed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Faster CPUs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moore’s law = 2x every 18 months </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chips from Intel, AMD, Motorola, Asus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chips for specific applications > mobile </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Better manufacturing </li></ul><ul><li>Resulting in smaller, lighter, faster, cheaper computers </li></ul><ul><li>New computers every 2–3 years  Upgrade </li></ul><ul><li>Obsolete PCs  Donate  Recycle </li></ul>
    • 3. Technology Convergence <ul><li>Internet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduces “cloud computing” for users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduces global collaboration for software development </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hardware preceeds and drives software innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Trend towards ubiquitious computing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access anywhere, anytime </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One Laptop Per Child global initative, for example </li></ul></ul>
    • 4. Define Your Computing Needs <ul><li>Laptop vs. Desktop PC? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Desktop computer when computing power and large screen, for example video editing, is needed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Laptop computer when web surfing, email, and word processing is needed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Light weight </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Screen size </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Keyboard size </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Battery life </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Prices Are Plummeting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Laptops and desktops are now under $400 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prices trending down towards $200 (NY Times, 1/25/09) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet service plan / $50 netbooks (NY Times, 4/01/09) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet service plan / FREE netbooks — coming soon </li></ul></ul>
    • 5. Trade-Offs – Laptop vs. Desktop PC <ul><li>Desktops </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Upgradeable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More computing power </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faster CPUs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better ventilation, CPUs get hot </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Laptops </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not upgradeable, but expandable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less computing power </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smaller screen size and keyboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Portability </li></ul></ul>
    • 6. Types of Laptop Computers
    • 7. Specifications – What Components To Look For <ul><li>CPU – the computer’s brain </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Laptop – Dual- or Quad-Core > 3.3GHz </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Desktop – Quad-Core > 5GHz </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RAM – the computer’s memory. Multi-tasking. Greater speed. Easy to upgrade . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Laptop – 1GB to 2GB </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Desktop – 2GB+ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hard Drive – the computer’s storage for documents, videos, pictures, and music. Easy upgrade for desktop. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Laptop – 120GB </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Desktop – 200GB+ </li></ul></ul>
    • 8. Specifications – What Components To Look For <ul><li>Opticals – DVD and CD-ROM burners </li></ul><ul><li>USB – connects components that expand capabilities. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional disk space for example, 250GB mini-hard drives and thumbdrives. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maybe you don’t need some built-in components? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Software – manufacturers bundle software and include cost with computer, both OS and applications. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Source software and Cloud Computing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why pay for software anyway? </li></ul></ul>
    • 9. Buying Your Next Computer <ul><li>Now you know about matching computer specifications to your requirements. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Read customer and pundit reviews. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research prices for selected type and/or particular model on the web and compare. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>When you buy a car you take it for test drive. Visit stores, particularly for laptops, to get a feel for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keyboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Screen sizes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speed </li></ul></ul>
    • 10. Personal Computing – Today <ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul>Slides available at: http://www.slideshare.net/mleeuwenburgh

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