I like this place!
Been here a little while, mostly hovering in the Hardware section.
Anyways, just thought I'd post some of my computer experience for suspicious types to find.
First computer: some crappy little IBM Thinkpad laptop with 133 MHz processer and about 16MB RAM running Windows 98 SE. Around 700MB harddrive capacity, floppy drive only. Got it when I was about 12 or 13. Barely runs anything anymore, and the internal modem is broken. Gave it to my mom when I got my....
Second computer: nice Compaq Armada 7770DMT laptop with 233 MHz proccessor (Pentium I) and 64MB RAM running Windows 98 SE. Around 3GB harddrive capacity, with swappable floppy and CD-ROM drives. Got it when I was about 14. Nice upgrade from the previous. Still have it, still use it. Runs most applications, but as of late, most games and video are beyond it.
Third computer: my main pride and joy, an eMachines T2245 with 2.2 GHz Intel Celeron processor and 256MB DDR SDRAM running Windows XP Home Edition. A reasonable 40GB harddrive (Ultra DMA or whatever that is O.o), DVD-ROM, CD-Rewriter, and floppy (plus, it has USB!). Came with 3D Intel Extreme Graphis AGP vid card. Got it when I was 15. Unbelievable upgrade from previous computers. I was shocked and amazed that it could run Grand Theft Auto III with almost no problems and little lag.
As for experience, I've worked on a friend's hybrid 486 (Win95) getting it to recognize a CD-ROM drive (after determining the one she wanted me to install didn't work :b) which involved tedious BIOS manipulation. I've reinstalled Windows 98 on my second laptop. I'm about to install a new harddrive on my other friend's computer, after determining his HD was crashing slowly but surely. I'm planning to downgrade my girlfriend's overworked (not overclocked, it's running WindowsXP but it's hardware is MUCH more suited for Win98), from XP Home to 98 SE, and removing it's 3 partitions, leaving just one big one. And I've installed a second network card in my third computer, so that I could share my DSL connection through a dual comp network (the other comp being my second laptop, or whose-ever computer I happen to have at my house at the time).
So yeah, I know a lot more about computers than your average newbie. I think I know more about computers than my old Business Computer Information Systems class teacher (who didn't know that Java was necessary to play Java games (as she said we could play online games when we finished our work in class, and was confuzzled when people asked why most games didn't work or load at all)). Nyeh, I don't like to brag much.
OS: WinXP Pro
Mobo: Gigabyte 8VM533M-RZ
CPU: 2.2GHz Intel Celeron
Vid: Gigabyte NVidia MX 4000 (128 MB DDR, TV out)
RAM: 512MB DDR
HD: 40GB (1:3 partitioned), 34GB
Drives: DVD R/RW and 16x DVD-ROM
ISP: AT&T/SBC Yahoo! DSL