For well over two decades, online usage has pretty much become mainstream with two- and three-year olds using computers as competently as an adult of any age, including seniors. My first computer was a 256 PC, custom-made by the man who ran Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital's mainframe which took up two huge rooms.
He taught me DOS and how to replace malfunctioning parts; I was able to upgrade that computer twice to a 356 and then another upgrade before PCs became so mainstream that it no longer made sense to continue learning new processes for the home-made type of computer.
At that point, I started buying from commercial outlets after comparing advantages online, of course. As computers became less expensive and technology changed so quickly, it was the norm to purchase a new computer every couple of years.
Now I find myself in need of a new computer system to run my life. In today's world, there are fewer and fewer stores that still carry complete systems, so comparison-shopping in person is difficult. But just as I still want a book in my hands, not on a computer screen, and want the lifetime-feeling of a real newspaper in my hands, not on a flat screen, I want to look at and try out a computer in person.
It's almost as difficult as searching for the Sangreal, or Holy Grail, an effort that took the Knights of the Round Table many years to do without success. (For more information about that convoluted, multi-storied period in time, go to: http://www.arthurian-legend.com/sangreal-holy-grail/.)
I now find myself spending a great deal of time facing the screen of the computer, comparison-shopping parts. I remember a small shop of electronics in South Miami back in the 1960s and 1970s that I would go to weekly to see what new stereo equipment they had brought in. They always had the top-of-the-line, best-sounding parts that enabled me to build a stereo system equal to most rock bands and movie houses. It takes hours to handle such a search, just as my search for the best of the best took seeking out the truest sounds took back then.
But I still want to SEE a computer crank up and HEAR its sounds. My mission is long.