Good vs. Mainstream
Here's something that I've been thinking about lately, and I wanted to get some additional thoughts on. Most of the people visiting sites such as this one are very familiar with computers and what's available. We also tend to know and/or find out about things like the Intel security issues, Microsoft serial number tracking technology, good mobo/bad mobo, etc. This may seem rather futile, but I'm wondering about the vast majority of people out there who know nothing of these things. People who use computers, possibly everyday, but who have never heard of Linux, or why AMD should be a serious consideration for a CPU shopper, or (and this is what really gets me) that the little Intel Inside sticker doesn't mean squat as far as the quality of the computer, no matter how many 'I's are after the Pentium... I've seen computers that were running straight VGA, and Microsoft Word was cranking the video card to where you could see the refresh bar, and the employee of the place where these computers were located says, "but it says Pentium II on it..." I'm rather new to this whole thing. In fact, I'd be perfectly happy with the HP Pavilion we bought a year and a half ago... if it had worked. What started as a learning project to get a couple of computers to a reliable level of functionality, has turned into a full-time pursuit of learning, of which A+ Certification is the latest milestone...
I think the point I'm trying to make is... how do we get what we know to be more public? Sure there's publications, but the racks are often expensive, and someone who doesn't know that much about computers themselves is not going to know off the bat what magazines to buy, or what websites to go to for that matter. I'm not looking to start a major BBS advertising campaign, I'm just curious for other thoughts on the subject.
Get some web space, and start a website. Advertise it on every search engine. Update it daily if you can. Post the URL on every tech type BBS you can find...
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