For a large majority of people our lives have
been changed for ever. A change so great that it has effected
every aspect of global history. At a single level people walk
around in a daze still wondering if this was real or not. Large
businesses such as American airlines have laid off over one hundred
thousand in a few days , Canada and many other countries have
followed. Economics and the failing Canadian dollars had suggested
for sometime that we were sliding into a recession. The disaster
in New York city has increased the prediction date of this recession
to happen before this years end. Even now with this disaster
behind us, other countries are feeling the negative chain of
events that have and will continue for sometime to effected everyone
around the globe. No one has escaped this unthinkable act of
the unthinkable. So where do we go from here?
I hope that your answer is forward as is mine.
As we stand stronger together
we will see the light
at the end of the tunnel. We hold the hands of the person beside
us. In numbers we are strong and we will move ahead. We will
arise a stronger nation, and a stronger people. A people of all
color and races and of many nations we will stand strong. To
many of my close American friends who I had embraced in this
time of need, comfort and support, we stand stronger together as one. We will triumph to victory over our enemies and one
day soon our children and their children will have a safer place
once again to live.
Back To Business
Up till now the market has been a blessing
for you and I the consumer. Faster computers with refined technology
and a cost acceptable to the buyer. The time of abundance may
not last the years end. We are heading for a recession, but this
is not the worst of it. The worst of it is that thousands upon
thousands of people are being laid off right now. Their is no
money circulating to create a stronger economy. No money in the
system creates no need for new research in the computer industry
since no one is buying. Prices may fall but who has the money
I remember our last recession in Canada people
only bought what they needed. Only necessities were bought such
as food, clothing and shelter / rent. Christmas was a bad time
for retail because money did not trade hands as quickly as it
had when the economy was good. When there is a good economy more
people buy on impulse rather than need. In a recession we buy
out of need only, the rest is a luxury that can wait for another
Time To Buy Is Right Now
There has never been a better time to buy
than right now and this is not the first time that I have said
this. The computer merchandise that is on shelves in your favorite
computer store today will likely be the same inventory around
Christmas time. If your computer is less than two year old buy
more RAM if you can it is inexpensive and it is a good value.
If your computer is older than four years or is one of the first
Pentium, upgrading would now be a good idea before prices go
Some very important notes to keep in mind
when you do purchase that best buy computer. Make sure that there
are at least two USB ports. USB is the latest and faster than
a parallel port. USB is used to hook up hardware such as: a scanner,
printer, monitor, key board and mouse, zip drive or super drive,
a digital camera, or DV camcorder, a CD- R burner, and so much
If you are interested in trying your hands
at editing DV digital than you will want at least two firewire
ports as well. Either a 5400 rpm or 7200 rpm hard drive is good.
Faster is always better especially if you want to do video editing.
But if you only have to pay a few dollars more get the largest
hard drive or drives you can afford. The most frequent complain
after you buy a computer is "I need a bigger hard drive.
" So make sure that you have at least one more front expansion
bay and a few PCI slots in the back of the computer. The expansion
is good to have just in case you decide to expand in the future.
If you want to do a lot of graphic Photoshop
type work or play hi teck games, than get a fast video card with
16 or more RAM or an expansion bay for an upgrade video card.
Also make sure that this computers RAM can
hold at least 512 K of Ram. Some computers such as Apples G4
can accommodate up to 1.5 GB or three 512 K RAM chips.
Music Makes The World Go Round
If you are looking to create your own music
cd disc now is the time to buy that burner that you have been
holding off to do. The burners are fast and the software excellent.
Some of the newer firewire cd burners are so fast that 5 minutes
is now a fact.
What About DVD
DVD burners are still in thier infant stage
and their cost are over the one thousand dollar mark. The consumer
can burn a complete disc at a top speeds of 2 x. The double side
single blank disc is still between 30 and 60 dollars Canadian
in comparison to under one dollar for a CD-RW disc. The software
in its second year for the consumer gets better as each year
goes by. However, at the consumer level this technology is still
new and in development. Commercial DVD burners are in the cost
of tens of thousands and are just to expensive for the home office
or weekend business person out doing a bridal shoot or something
like that. The cost of the shoot would out weigh your profits.
I Can See
Monitors are still your best buy especially
size of 17 inch CRT selling for under four hundred dollars. Four
years ago I paid over one thousand dollars for this size and
luxury. Even a nineteen inch CRT screen can be yours for under
the one thousand dollar mark. Flat screens, run cooler to the
touch, and they are almost focus free. However price still needs
to come down on screen sizes over 15 inches to make it worth
We need to keep our economy alive and the
only way is to circulate currency. We have known for some time
that the best time to buy is right now. If prices go down you
will still be buying todays technology. You may even be buying
water down technology in order for the company to make a small
profit. They say you get what you pay for and it is rather good
quality right now. So if you need to upgrade now is a good time,
it is not like giving blood but it does help your countries economy
to grow and stay strong.