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Lori Jantulovich stands in the middle of Best Buy's computer section, flagging down a sales clerk. She's trying to buy a laptop for her nephew. "I have no clue," she says. Jantulovich, 51, is surrounded by displays touting the merits of dozens of similar-looking PCs. "Superior performance with 3 GB of system memory," one says. "Powerful discrete graphics," another advertises. "Blazing fast performance with a next-generation Intel Core 2 Duo Processor." "On-the-go multi-tasking." "Limitless performance and response."
I've tried to help those customers. "My nephew is graduating and the family wants to give him a laptop for college." What is her major? Will he be taking a liberal arts curriculum for the first two years? Is she considering engineering, architecture, the sciences? Questions most, not all, most hadn't thought about or considered. I tell them to find out the basics of what the person is going to be doing first, and then check the specifications.
I agree we have far more horsepower than we know what to do with as of now. But it's great knowing you can finally start that "BIG" project.