Sunday, March 23, 2008
Conversations with a Three-Year-Old: Computer Shopping
FATHER: So, which of these two laptops here do you like better?
MOTHER: Well, this one has a built-in web cam. That would be nice whenever one of us goes on a business trip-- we could use it to talk to the kid at home over video.
FATHER: This one has a bigger screen, though.
MOTHER: That's true. That screen seems a little brighter, too. But this one has more hard drive space!
CHILD: Excuse me.
FATHER: Just a minute. Mommy and I are talking. This one has an Intel processor, and that one has an AMD. I think that's the biggest reason for the price difference. Well, that and the larger screen.
MOTHER: But does it really matter anymore whether you get Intel or AMD? I mean--
CHILD: Excuse me!
MOTHER (to CHILD): Just a minute, dear. We have to make an important decision. (To FATHER) As I was saying, is there really a difference between AMD and Intel anymore in terms of performance? I mean, aren't they considered comparable? Plus, the AMD one has that cool label burning feature in the CD drive.
FATHER: That's true. But, are you sure you dont--
CHILD: EXCUSE ME!
MOTHER and FATHER: Yes?
CHILD: You said this one here has more hard drive space, right?
MOTHER: Yes, sweetie. That's what Mommy said.
CHILD: Okay, then. This one has more hard drive space. It says it has 250 gigs, right? More hard drive space means more space for music. We need this one.
MOTHER and FATHER stare at CHILD in stunned silence.
MOTHER: Okay, I guess we need this one, then.
FATHER: Yep, this one it is.
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