computer purchaser's handbook
(fredness), March 7, 1997

If you must succumb to the dark side (not many saints like myself left I'm afraid) here's how to do it with a semblance of taste ...

For personal desktop (read affordable, will upgrade soon) ...
For workstation grade machine ...
Last note, PC hardware is an incredible scam, its quality peripherials and software applications where real investiment is made. There's a good chance that the core computer will be obsolete when you remove the shrink wrap. If the core computer has a good amount of memory and a big harddisk its useful (has value).

Of course the best hardware out there is not PC, its PowerMac and SGI (at the moment) and not running under Microsoft's control. Sure the operating system seems abit uncommon, but unlike a PC somehow these platforms ripen with age and become invaluable. Often because its public domain where the next criticality is, and public domain and Microsoft are arch rivals. Some of the best work being done has these latter platforms performing the the brilliant bits. Ya, you know or you'll never know ...

crude, blunt, hopefully helpful