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A Computer For Each Trade

Having a computer today is not a luxury but a necessity. Therefore when buying it must be very clear what work is going to be done with it. It is often found in the offices or in the Colombian households underutilized Super machines or slow computers dedicated to works of great skill. and is that the computer user almost never identifies their needs before going to the store and buy a device.

Although the computer may be the same for many trades, it is necessary to take into account what programs will be emphasized (accounting, text, graphics, image processing, etc.) You should also know that some computers have the ability to grow in features: More RAM, adapting a modem to send long-distance information to another user, sound card, external hard drives and many more possibilities.

It is very important that if you are hesitant when you are purchasing a team, you will be informed of whether you will be able to increase your performance when necessary. If for any circumstance your activity changes, the computer may not meet the requirements and have to buy another.

Those who have to do with texts and letters, such as students, translators, writers, screenwriters, journalists or lawyers, can opt for a personal computer, with a 14-inch-size screen, in black and white or in color. In addition, with 4 Megas of RAM memory will be enough, although most manufacturers are launching their basic models with 8 megs. The capacity of the hard drive will be the least, with about 80 megs, because the documents will not take up much space and you will always have the possibility to save the old works on a floppy disk.

For researchers there are professionals like mathematicians, engineers, architects, chemists, etc., whose work does not require personal computers, because they do not come to meet the requirements that their daily work requests, but they need what is called Workstations, due to the heavy operations they need to perform with them and the amount of information or data they need to store and process.

It is best to have each professional advise an expert before choosing a computer station.

For travelers what is fashionable in computer matters are laptops. There are people who need a laptop, because their activity leads them to travel frequently and they need to keep it close. Vendors, executives, regional business representatives are some of the professionals who use this type of machines.

Portable computers are effective, versatile and autonomous (their batteries can last about four hours). Its only drawback is the size of the screen (10.5 inches maximum), which can make the view fatigue after many hours before the computer.

All manufacturers incorporate a RAM memory between 4 and 8 megs and a data storage capacity from 125 to 510 Megas.

For people of Science This group is formed by managers, accountants, economists or consultants. They will have to determine very carefully what their type of activity is in the computer, because depending on the volume of data they manage and the complexity of the operations to be carried out they will need a model with the characteristics of the first group of professionals or, if the Task to perform requires a lot of power, you’ll need more speed and more memory capacity on your new computer.

The secret of speed will be found on the Pentium processor or the Power PC. The power will depend on the number of Megas of RAM memory.

For illustrative artists, architects, video operators or advertisers will require larger screens, which reproduce the image and color as faithfully as possible. Not only does it require speed, power, and data storage capacity because, for example, an image editor may need, for 15 minutes of tape, 1,500 megs of hard disk memory.

Main programs If you only buy the computer, it will be like having a TV without image. It is necessary to acquire the programs that will give the functionality to the team.

Today, the main supplier is the multinational Microsoft, which sells the following programs:-for Management, Windows NT, and office packages composed by Word 6.0 (text processor); Access 2.0 (database); Excel 5.0 (worksheet); Schedulo + Plus (datebook) and Power Point (to make graphics).

Practical tips * Before you buy a computer, know exactly what you are going to use it for.

* Do not be tempted by the offers. The superoffers sometimes offer old models. Pay attention to the final prices.

* In the market there are clone computers (imitations of equipment from other brands known or made from loose parts), much cheaper, but not always highly recommended. Sometimes, yes. Beware of after-sales service.

* Buy in a store or dealer that is serious.

* Request the invoice with VAT, which will serve as collateral.

* Visit more than one store.

To take into account the Windows 95 is not a program but an operating system, with which you can easily learn the use of the previous programs. This system is very similar to that used by Apple.

In the Apple Macintosh environment are the programs used by illustrators, advertisers, and in general, by all the professionals of the publishing world, such as: Page Maker, Free Hand, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe PhotoShop and QuarkXPress. For office automation There are the Ms two Perfect Office and the Lotus Suite.

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