Saturday, September 19, 2009

Buying a Computer: Computer vs the Internet

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We are going to have a few articles in the next few weeks on how to buy a computer. There is a lot of gobbledy gook or jargon but we are going to try and simplify the process and hopefully, make it easier for you.

The first thing we are going to discuss is the computer vs the internet.

When you buy a computer, you are not automatically going to be connected to the internet. It is the same for television and a phone. In order to use your phone, you need a provider like Bell or Rogers to be set up and with a television, you need a cable provider or rabbit ears :) to view the channels. The computer and the internet is the same way. You need a provider, Internet Service Provider (ISP), to provide you with the means to connect to the internet.

The computer store can offer you a subscription to a particular ISP, but you can also wait and learn more of what each Internet Service Provider has to offer you and give them a call. We will talk about choosing the right Internet Service Provider in our last installment of this series.

Next week, Karl goes to the mean street of college to buy a computer :).

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