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The WebMasterP Computer Saga
Page 1 - A sad but humorous tale of the trials and tribulations of my computer experiences.
Author: Dan Podhola (WebMasterP)
Date: August 25, 1999
Category: Information
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The WebMasterP Computer Saga

How did it all start? Hmm... well I guess I'll start with the purchase of my first (and current computer). [Update: I built a new one, YEAH]

My family is far from wealthy but I managed one day, coming back from a tournament, to stop at the Super Mall in Auburn, Washington and go into Incredible Universe. I knew I'd liked computers, I'd go over to my aunt's house and use hers all the time. The problem was, I didn't know anything about them. I was 12 years old at the time and I believed everything that the sales man was saying (mistake #1). This guy, now that I think of it, was full of you know what! Let me give you the stats of my computer (at the time of purchase).

Acer Aspire 500LB
CPU: Cyrix 6x86 (100Mhz)
Video: On board 1MB VRAM
Modem: 14.4 Sierra something
Sound Card: Sound Blaster 16
CD-ROM: 4x
Hard Drive: Listed as 1.2GB (actually 1.0GB)
Case: AT Desktop, turquoise and ash gray (looks cool)
Monitor: Acer something, not too bad actually
Price $1,600 + tax (we're still paying this puppy off)

Ok, now that you know what it was was like. I know what you're thinking, well that's not too bad for 4-5 years ago. Here's what the sales man told me!

Sales Guy: "This computer is state of the art."
WebMasterP: "Why is it so cheap?"
Sales Guy: "IBM is trying to compete with Intel in the chip market. The CPU is just as good if not better than an Intel"
WebMasterP: "Oh"

Not understanding what the hell he was talking about (I was 12 gimme a break). I said "Mommy, this is cool, look at it!" She was immediately suckered by the cool looking monitor and case. While she talked to the sales man about paying for it and credit and all that "adult" stuff, I was hooked on a game of Jazz the Jackrabbit. Hey, it was cool, you got remember I'm poor.

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