>friend buys new laptop
>it's a Dell business model, pretty cool
>ask which CPU does it have
>ask the screen resolution since it's obviously more than the standard 1366x768, looks nice
ask how much RAM it has
>ask the model number so I can Google everything myself
What the fuck, if this is your average self proclaimed techie guy, how bad are the masses?
For a lot of people, that kind of stuff is just noise. This includes people who are very good at things like writing software or even things like digital design. A master chef doesn't necessarily know all the specifications of his appliances.
> how bad are the masses
really really really, like REALLY bad!
Idiots so to say.
The worship crapple, M$, are fanboys for Samsung and Sony, need an app for ANYTHING they do and BUY any app that asvertises free Hamburgers.
If it's not the latest tech, it's oooold school or retro!
And if anyone knows how to Ctr-c + ctrl-v they think "ooohh he has dem h4X0r skillz"
> I hate the word "app" it's called program or application!
They don't have the latest version of CommonSense installed, so they need "muh antivirus" and still get infected by malcius js-ransomware in emails pretending to be phone bills.
Privacy or "Don't tell everybody about your private life who isn't at least a fried of you!" has never crossed their minds.
So yes, pretty fucked up, don't you think?
>For a lot of people, that kind of stuff is just noise.
This. All they see is:
>which CPU does it have
Super fast quadcore!
Ultra Buzzword HD!
>how much RAM
It's a Dell!
A friend of mine had been having problems with his laptop for a while. He's a software engineer. I'm a mechanical engineer. He left his laptop with me, to fix it, because he was afraid to open it up. I kid you not. I just replaced the thermal paste and firmly connected a wonky connector on his wireless module (which he had been having problems with for months). Didn't even take half an hour. Voila, it's no longer frying pan and he has a stable wireless connection. Some people are like that.
My buddie is making 145 000 a year, as a web designer, not developer, he uses all kinds of stuff, he has 1 pc and one iFag at home + iFagair and he is really literate when it comes to his work (that involves 95% using the computer) but he doesnt know shit about anything under the hood.
My point is, I am making almost 50k, I have studied 6 years to get this degree(CS), and I know so much more about software and hardware than him, but at the end of the day, he is 2 years younger then me, went to libshit art school but never finish it, and is having better paying job.
So it really dosent matter, if you are autist tho, well senpai sorry
Degrees entitle you to nothing, other than a piece of paper that says that you're supposed to have a pretty good "toolbox" at your disposal. Very important lesson that most people learn sooner or later.
>Friend's friend needs cheap laptop for college
>Doesnt have to be anything special
>Says they only need it for notes and web browsing
>Make sure to specifically ask if there are ANY programs they use that are reliant in windows.
>They say no
>I rattle off a few programs that need Windows and they still say no
>Recommend the Toshiba chromebook 2 because awesome specs and only $230 new at local Microcenter
>Week later they're complaining that photoshop doesn't work, and they cant install sim city from disc because it has no disc drive
>My friend is just as techy as me so we both explain
>Friend's friend gets all pissy because "we wasted her time" and she demands we drive her back to the store for something different
>Bitch acting like such a cunt we just tell her to piss off
Found later she returned the chromebook and bought a 2nd hand ipad 2 for $400 (craigslist).
Now I just pretend Im as ignorant as them when it comes to tech and new stuff.
In engineering it's not always knowing everything by heart, it's important that YOU know WHERE to look it up (system can show specs)
but of course in your field you should know many things by heart
Eh. She came to us saying sub $300 and for notes/browsing. I was leery about going chromebook but anything in that price ramge that wasnt a thunkpad was a 15.6" cheap and plastic shit.
Yet she had no problem over paying for an old ipad.
I got one
>friend cant run games on his computer because it's a toaster(gts 400 low end POS and only using full 2gb of memory in games)
>recommend buying a new gpu and ram
>his other closer friend(not mine) who knows about computers tells him to buy a new cpu because bottle necks
>my friend listens and buys it
>his games still run like shit
>later I see him using a new craptop for games
why do I even try to help
>retard at work asking me what laptop he should get. Keep in mind this kid is an underage tech retard.
>explain to him that it's much cheaper to build a desktop and it's as simple as putting Legos together
>he later tells me that he ordered his laptop
>ask him what kind of graphics card it is
>all he says is nividia
>look up the model number
>it's nearly $2000 with some shit specs laugh out loud while I'm on break and looking it up
>mfw this kid is going to piss away 2000 of his parents money for a craptop that will most likely die in 2 years.
Similar position with a guy I know
>Has a Frankenstein buikd we put together with spare parts over the years (he doesnt have a lot of money)
>Athlon x3 unlocked to x4 and overclocked
>Decent am3 motherboard
>16gb of mish mash ram
>7970ghz edition we found for $80 that was miraculously not used as a miner, just had a bad fan we replaced
>Of course the gpu is being bottlenecked hard by the CPU
>After saving his dimes and nickles for almost a year, he comes to me and says he has $600 for upgrades
>Sweet! Plan out a 4690k, z97 board, mew keyboard and monitor to replace his aging 1400x900 he was running
>We were going to get all this stuff on the weekend
>Weekend comes and he has no money
>Guy on a forum he frequents pointed out the monitor we chose was only 60hz and a "true gamer" wouldnt settle for less than 144hz.
>He spent all his money on a refurb Asus ROG swift 1440p 144hz panel with a cracked bezel
To this day he still complains he gets even less fps now than he did before
Oh the pain
I wish people learned to Google their doubts already
>"Anon, it says there's a virus, it's all those games you've been installing!"
I saved up money as soon as I could to buy my own fucking computer when I was young holy shit
This reminds me a bit of my little brother who has a similarly shitty build and there's tons of stuff that would make sense upgrading. In particular the mainboard+CPU, the GPU or simply a decent monitor since he just had to cheap out on the two he owns - they don't even have DVI ports.
So what does he do? He buys a case for nearly 200 bucks. It has all sorts of nifty features he can't utilize, most hilariously the front USB 3 ports since his board is so old, it doesn't even support that.
Fuck man, my little brother got duped into buying a 850w psu for his i3 / gtx 660 build at a Tiger Direct because it would make the computer more powerful.
Yea he was so depressed and felt like an idiot. He was like almost in tears explaining to me.
Co-worker of mine happened to be selling his "old piece of shit desktop" because it no longer worked. Bought it for $50. Was an asus something or other that the power supply took a shit in. It had an i3-4160, GT610, 6gb ddr3, and 1tb hdd that all worked. The power supply was the only bad thing.
Bought that and a $45 H81 chipset lga1150 board from Microcenter. Buddy is running said i3 now. He actually gets like 90+ fps in some games bow with AA turned down a bit. Although its just an i3, for him it is night and day difference.
Meh so long as he is happy.