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Purpose of this Site
This site was created to be a comprehensive, general resource on IBM-compatible personal computers. My goal has been to create a large body of independent information that could be used by anyone who had an interest in PCs to help build their understanding of PC systems, and enable them to get more from their machine. I want anyone from the total newbie to the accomplished expert to view The PC Guide as a place they can turn for accurate, complete and objective information.
The original idea that lead to this site's creation came about after I had spent some time on the alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt newsgroup, and it became apparent that the group needed a FAQ. I started out wanting to create a FAQ for the group, and like every project I undertake, I ended up expanding the scope of the project until it grew into such a huge monstrosity that I couldn't even deal with it. :^)
There are several other reasons why I wanted to create this site. I wanted to learn about web page design (yes, this beast is my first web site, I hope that you will forgive the inevitable mistakes), and I wanted to encapsulate my knowledge and others' knowledge about PCs so that everyone could use it to make the PC world a better place. I also wanted somewhere I could point new PC owners to when they asked FAQs on the hardware newsgroups.
I thought a comprehensive guide covering not just the "whats" but the "hows" of PCs would be useful and I didn't see anything else on the web that was quite like it. There is a lot of good information out there, but I didn't find anywhere where it was gathered together the way I would have liked. The information I saw on other web sites was useful and interesting, but was in my opinion geared more towards someone who already knew a fair bit about PCs. I remember how bewildered I was when I was trying to figure out how a pipelined burst cache worked, or what memory timing was, and I wanted to see if I could do better. Also, as a novice PC homebuilder, I wanted to see more detailed instructions on how to upgrade and build PCs.
When I was learning, I used print books (which get out of date quickly), and a lot of time spent on the newsgroups, in addition to my own hands-on experience. I guess in a nutshell, my ultimate goal for this site is to make it "What I wish I had been able to find six years ago before I started working intensively with upgrading, repairing and building PCs". I hope you find the site useful.
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