"WARNING: Do not buy a computer until you read this

Written by Helen Cho

On a perfect summer day in 1997, life as I knew it was changed forever. I lost all trust inrepparttar human race, and felt my life was over -- but I vowed to seek vendetta inrepparttar 107903 most violent way. Yes,repparttar 107904 taste of blood was in my mouth…

Okay, so maybe it wasn’t quite as melodramatic as all that - but I sure was seething mad.

I had been ripped off torepparttar 107905 tune of $2800 by a scam artist who "sold" me a Gateway laptop overrepparttar 107906 Internet.

I’d tell yourepparttar 107907 details, but they’re just too painful to relive. And frankly, I feel more than a little embarrassed for being conned.

After that distasteful experience, I embarked on a personal crusade not only to exposerepparttar 107908 deceptive sales practices inrepparttar 107909 computer industry, but also to scourrepparttar 107910 globe forrepparttar 107911 best computer deals inrepparttar 107912 world.

I voraciously read computer manuals, specs, ads -- and scrutinized anything that even remotely resembled a PC. My brain becamerepparttar 107913 Geiger counter for computer-buying information.

As a result, I’ve becomerepparttar 107914 Head Purchasing Manager for a worldwide non-profit organization consisting of 7000+ members – in charge of purchasing computer equipment for overseas branches in South Korea, Russia,repparttar 107915 Philippines, China, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Europe.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Flashback to 1997.

Back then, I learned quite a few things about computer-buying that very few people on this planet know about. I’m going to reveal some sneaky -- and in some instances, illegal -- things that computer vendors do to bilk you out of your hard earned cash.

1) Bait and Switch - Computer vendors generally resort to any means to get you to their website or store first. The most common way is to lure you there withrepparttar 107916 promise ofrepparttar 107917 lowest prices. When you fall forrepparttar 107918 bait, and visit their website or store, you’ll find that their prices are higher than they advertised. They feed yourepparttar 107919 story thatrepparttar 107920 advertised price was last week’s price, or that price doesn’t include this component or that peripheral. Vendors do this because, inrepparttar 107921 highly competitive business of computer sales, this is sometimesrepparttar 107922 only way they get a shot at showing you their wares. Then, they dorepparttar 107923 usual song-and-dance routine: “But while you’re here, have I got a deal for you…” hoping you won’t go looking elsewhere.

2) Bankruptcy Routine - This trick consists of opening a ‘new’ computer outlet, selling product for a few months, shipping only a portion ofrepparttar 107924 orders, and then declaring bankruptcy and taking most ofrepparttar 107925 customer’s money. The people who do this are real crooks, and typically engage in this practice many times.

3) Opportunistic Pricing - This is something very few people know about. Mail order companies change their prices and specifications regularly. They have a complex pricing policy where they employ experts whose only job is to determine exactly how muchrepparttar 107926 market will be willing to pay for a specific model.

4) Delayed Shipments - Some firms charge your credit card, and ship your order within a week -- but since it is a legal requirement thatrepparttar 107927 goods are shipped to you within 30 days, it could take all of 30 days before your goods leave their warehouse. And you may not be able to cancel your order. They are, of course, earning interest on your money.

Make your own Computer Software - without Programming!

Written by Gunter Gerdenitsch

With a new software technologyrepparttar computer software, so far rather a specialty, is becoming an everyday commodity you can do yourself. And you SHOULD do it yourself: no one knows better what you want to get out ofrepparttar 107902 computer than you!

Software development, isn't thatrepparttar 107903 métier of a few highly trained specialists,repparttar 107904 "inaugurated high priests ofrepparttar 107905 computer"? - Not for applications as you need every day. With a new software technology, "component based software development", also software is going to become a commodity. Make it yourself and you will reap a number of benefits:

1. You get exactlyrepparttar 107906 application software you want - without endless haggling with an external software developer. 2. Your application software will have much more quality and user-friendliness than you could ever get by conventional programming. 3. You saverepparttar 107907 cost of an external developer.

1st Component Design (http://www.1st-components.com) has developed a product line called "DLG", specialized in user interface (UIF), that is designed for exactly that purpose. DLG is especially useful for UIF-intensive applications, with a large number of user-interface elements and much user interaction. User-interaction - that'srepparttar 107908 most tricky part of application programming.

This economic development, that's quite natural in history. Starting out as a specialty for a few people. Via to some kind of "high tech" (as computers and software are regarded nowadays). Finally down to an everyday commodity that's open torepparttar 107909 average user. For example, think ofrepparttar 107910 automobile technology. Inrepparttar 107911 beginning, up to around 1900, an automobile was just another fad for those few who could afford it. By 1908repparttar 107912 Ford "Model T" came onrepparttar 107913 market, and now that technology turned to something evenrepparttar 107914 average user could master. But still, particularly in Europe, automobiles required a good deal of attention, and many automobile owners hired professional drivers ("chauffeurs") to handle their cars. Not beforerepparttar 107915 second half ofrepparttar 107916 20. century more and more people drove their automobiles themselves. Today, handling a car is just too simple to hire a professional "chauffeur" (except for busses, trucks, etc.)

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