Her Way and Mine

I buy top-of-the-line computers. My mom likes to get the cheap ones. What works for you?

For the home user, there are basically two ways to buy a computer: my way and my mom's way. Since this is my column, I'll tell you my way first. As the tech columnist for the nation's pre-eminent newsweekly, I naturally need the biggest, fastest, scariest computer in the land. And since my company is buying, damn the expense. I require video and 3-D cards to run the coolest games...er, spreadsheets; at least 96 megabytes of RAM so I can keep half a dozen programs open at once; a 17-in. monitor so I can see it all and a 10-gigabyte hard...

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