The common man is in trouble. Reason? He wants to buy a new computer. To do so, he picks up a newspaper and looks for a computer ad. And he gets terribly confused at the terminology used in the ads. What are 32 and 64 bit processors? What is a Pentium? A Celeron? An AMD Athlon or Sempron? Which one is better? And why 2.0 GHz AMD is better than a 3.2 GHz Intel? The problem does not end here. What is DDR RAM? What is DDR2 RAM? What is SD RAM? Which one is better? And what is a SATA hard disk? Is it better than PATA? And what is a combo drive? What is centrino? Is it a processor? Or a motherboard? Likewise, what is a Turion? And what the hell is a SMPS? How much do I need – 300 or 400 W? And the motherboard is the birthplace of terminology. Nforce ultra? SLI? Crossfire? RAID with all the numbers (0, 1, 0+1, and 5)? Socket 939? Socket 940? Why my computer needs a graphics card? The computer at my office does not have one, so why should my PC have? And what is DirectX? What are pixel and vertex shaders? What are AA and AF?

And the list does not end here. This list is never ending. Why the IT companies are determined to make the life of the common man worse than ever? Result of all this – the common man ends up purchasing a computer for a hefty price which is not fit for his purpose. Technology is meant to make the life of the common man easier, not difficult. Somebody told that when technology makes progress, the terminology takes over it. And it seems to be holding true. God help the common man…

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