Why It’s a Money Saver to Buy High-End (or Fairly High End) Technology Rather Than Low or Medium Ones

November 28, 2009

I know that this is getting out of my normal posts which I said I would make, and I will, but things have been happening to me that I’ve been discussing with people, and I got the idea that it would be helpful to my readers to write a blog post about it. Let me explain.

It all started back in 1998, when I was just one year old. Once I was born, my parents knew that they would need a bigger house to hold all of us.

They went and looked at a lot of houses. One of them was owned by a man who owned a pet rat who pooped all over the floor so there were dirty carpets, had bad credit, didn’t pay his bills, and the mortgage company was auctioning his home away.

Despite this, my parents still wanted the house. They knew that it would take a lot of repairs, and they certainly did them.

The guy certainly made it very difficult; he basically wrecked the whole house! We moved in anyways, and one of the many things that they had to fix was the furnace.

There was a nice guy that they knew who was a plumber. For the purposes of this post we’ll call him Jim.

Jim advised them to buy an inexpensive furnace, and, since he was trusted, my next of kin bought the furnace.

For a year, we had problems with it. They had numerous people come in to try to tell them what was wrong with the furnace, and to try and fix it. One day, my dad had found the right guy. He was an honest person who didn’t take any nonsense. He told my dad exactly what he didn’t want to hear, but what he needed to hear: “As long as you buy low end products, they’ll break. You’re better off just getting a higher end product.”

Once, he said it, it became obvious that this was true. They installed more furnaces, and my mom and dad had lost a big chunk of money.

Lesson Learned. Right?

It’s funny how people always vow that this time they learned their lesson. That next time was going to be different. I have heard numerous accounts of how people made internet mistakes in the 1990’s and yet still make the same mistake today.

Well, guess what? My dad and I have been making that same mistake for five years.

Usually, when you make the same mistake twice, they come in different faces. Well, we have been listening to our computer person, Max, advice on what to buy for years. For years, we’ve wondered why our technology always seemed to break down more than other people? Why we had all these problems? Why? Why? Why?

Lesson Learned: For Real

The day before Thanksgiving, we went over to a local computer store to buy the Net Book that I am working on right now for school because write slowly and badly. The owner works as one of the employees, as well, and we informed him of our problems. Immediately, he told us that the reason my laptop wasn’t working was because it had a manufacturing problem; one that caused it to overheat. And then it clicked; we had gotten the laptop on sale. It was then apparent that we had bought a dis-functional laptop.

You Get What You Pay For

Now, Max is not a bad guy.  In fact, it’s just the opposite;  he didn’t want us to buy expensive computers because he didn’t want to spend our money. He also has a philosophy: “All technology breaks down, so you might as well buy low-end products and just fix them.”

That may have been true once upon a time, but not anymore. In fact, quite the opposite: “If you buy low-end products, they’ll break down and you’ll have to fix them. If you buy relatively good products they won’t break down as much.”

In the end, it all really boils down to this: You get what you pay for.

Applying This to Technology

Therefore, if you buy a low priced computer that seems too good to be true, then you should expect some problems. Even if you’re on a tight budget where you can’t spend the extra money for decent technology (this isn’t just for technology), then either spend the extra money or don’t buy the technology, because I will guarantee you that if you buy something at a low price, you’re going to have to repair, spend time agonizing over, stressing yourself out, which, in the end, will amount to a payment of a lot more than a few hundred bucks.

Update: I made a YouTube video on this:

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What’s the Deal with the New Google Chrome OS?

November 26, 2009

You may have heard of the new Google Chrome web browser. In fact, it is what I am using right now. The funny thing is that I didn’t learn about from the internet, but from Luke Laprasi, who is maybe even more of a computer nerd than me, who always tells everyone his favorite products. I was skeptical at first, I admit. Then, we were using our school’s brand new mini-computers (I just got my own yesterday!) on our Social Studies Wiki, when I decided to try it out. Immediately, I knew that I had found something that was amazing, and something that was going to improve my internet experience. It was simple, easy, and best of all, super fast. When I got home, I logged on to my laptop and downloaded it. I spent hours playing with it and figuring out all of it’s new features.

I don’t know for sure, but I assume that Google Chrome must’ve been pretty popular, because, as you probably know, they are making a computer, called the Google Chrome OS.

The OS is built around the same thing as Google Chrome is: It’s easy to use, and it’s super fast. As John Chow points out in this video, people spend most of their time on the internet.

However, the internet used to be slow, and the computers were designed accordingly. Now it’s fast, though, so Google decided to make a new computer which reflected that change.

Most people, when they turn on the computer, just want to get onto the internet, but the computer has to do other things, which take time to load.

The Google Chrome OS is different in that it is not stored on your computer, but instead the internet. That means that as long as you have internet access, you can access your computer, even from your phone.

Google has said that this isn’t intended to be people’s main computer, and it certainly shouldn’t be; there are important documents that only you should be able to have access to. Because, while it is secure, there are some things that you simply don’t risk.

For example, my dad, a psychologist, wouldn’t be aloud to use it because it has to be 100% secure.

I think that it could be a good addition if you have enough money to search the internet. In other words, you would search the internet on your OS, and do everything else on your regular computer.

So, what do you think of the OS (coming in 2010!)?

Update: I made a video about this: