From time to time, all computer users want a new computer- that is, either a first computer, or a replacement computer. There are many options:
| With each Lesson in this Manual comes a section with exercises and/or suggestions for homework. This Lesson is no exception. But what kind of homework would be suitable for a Lesson on buying computers? We thought of sending you out to buy a dozen or two computers, just to see how it is done
but decided that mightnt be convenient for you. (After all, where would you keep them?) So instead, we thought it would be good to focus on the way shops sell computers. |
Part 1: Go out and visit a few computer shops and have a look at the different computers they have on sale. Take notes of the shapes, sizes, prices and varieties. Also, gather up a collection of computer catalogues. Study theway everything is written, and take notes of the terms they use. If necessary, look up the terms on the Internet. Here are a few useful websites. The first of these provides genuinely non-tech explanations for genuinely non-tech people. The other two are
Then make up a one-page dictionary of what everything means.
Part 2: Think about all that you have seen. Think about how the retailerstalk about their merchandise. How much information do they give aboutwhat each computer can do, and how much do they talk aboutwhat you can do.
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