|The newspaper ads scream out prices, MHz,
ATA-100, DDR, XGA. Do you know what these buzzwords really mean? Does
anyone? The PC may be the single most important tool for researchers and
executives, but because it is purchased in a camera store or discount food
warehouse it is often treated as a commodity item.
First the good news. There are no bad
Personal Computer systems. The least powerful system available today is
better than the most expensive system of a few years ago. High quality
components are produced in such large numbers at such low prices, that there
is no profit building substandard systems. The bad news is that the process
doesn't stop, and the most expensive or most powerful system you buy today
will be obsolete next year.
If you want to know how a PC works and what
all this jargon means, this article will answer your questions. No technical
background is assumed, and even very complex issues will be explained in
terms that everyone can understand.