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COMPUTER PURCHASE Recently I decided to purchase a new computer Buying a computer can be a complicated procedure A number of decisions must be made before making this purchase I must decide what type of software and hardware I need for my everyday use Another decision that must be made is how much money do I want to spend There is no real budget for this purchase I am not really concerned with the price of the computer I am not looking to cut corners My main concern is that I purchase a reliable computer that can support all the necessary functions for my day-to-day business and personal affairs for an extended period of time The basic need for this computer is for writing documents and reports for college In addition I need the computer for my financial accounts The Internet is essential for research and for that occasional surf I would also like to purchase a number of games to keep myself busy while I download files I am not in favor of proprietary computer systems It is not fair to consumers for a manufacturer to produce hardware and software that has built-in obsolescence It is not very realistic for a consumer to have to purchase totally new software when he wants to switch computer models or manufacturers The only people who could ever be in favor of this type of manufacturing are the manufacturers themselves Technology keeps changing and a lot of newer software is being developed which requires more powerful machines Machines should be upgradable and not have this forced turnover feature I must first determine what software I will need and then find hardware to match that software I have a lot of experience with the Microsoft Office 97 software package and it supports all my word processing and spreadsheet needs Although Office 2000 far surpasses Office 97 there is no real need to go for the upgrade at this particular
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