You can also choose between a ball mouse and an optical mouse. Ball mice are obsolete these days but you can still find some at the store. Because you need to clean these types of mouse frequently — dirt can easily get stuck in between the wheels and hamper movement — you should get an optical mouse.

While Macs are very good computers, there certainly is a premium to be paid for them. Is it worth the price? That really depends on the budget you have for a new computer. Remember I mentioned in part II that any Windows based PC over 0 would be more than enough for most people. Then again, a non-technical person that often has their computer infected with viruses, the cost of technician fees may make up the difference.

Now it comes to the location of your hard drive. If you are a seasoned user, you have probably personalized your computer and will know where this is. However, if you are new, you will be looking for the “Macintosh HD”. This will usually be a very clear icon on the computer, which is a small, metal rectangle. It will look like computer hardware.

The biggest difference between a Mac and a Windows based PC is the operating system. For a person that has never used a computer before, the Mac OSX would most likely be easier than Windows to learn. It’s very intuitive and designed for ease of use. However, most people have used Windows for years. So there would be a bit of a learning curve. For instance, when using the mouse opening programs does not require a double click and there is only (technically) one mouse button function.

The Microsoft “iPad” will be a shiny device. But it won’t do “computer-y” things as well as a Mac or a desktop PC, and it won’t be as easy to use as an iPad. That puts it in a weird middle ground, which I’m not sure will be good for sales. Maybe they’ll prove me wrong, though. Who knows?

I eventually got decent at that software and i learned to get through the 3-5 training courses. I had to fly out to Michigan, Seattle and California several times to do deployments and training. It was always very nerve racking for me, but I did enjoy the traveling. I finally got to the a point where I could handle the training classes.

As early as 1965, Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore described the trend he saw of the number of transistors on computer chips doubling every year; although the time-frame differs (some say it’s every 18 months, some say every 2 years), the fact remains that computer chips are increasing their capacity furiously with no signs of stopping.