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Craig was sucked into the endless vortex of tech at an early age, only to be spat back out babbling things like "phase-locked-loop crystal oscillators!". Mostly this receives a pat on the head from the listener, followed closely by a question about what laptop they should buy.

If you're tired of your parents or grandparents calling your whole computer a case or a hard drive, this is the video to point them to.

While it may seem elementary to us today, many people still don't know the difference and are happily calling a case a hard drive. Education revolution!

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Kaz posted a comment   

Hi Cynic nice post,

It would be interesting what answer your imac friend would give when asked where the OS and data is stored in the HDDless computer.


Craig Simms posted a comment   

The case is part of HP's Z800 workstation. Unfortunately it's not available separately, you'd have to buy the whole machine to get your hands on one!


avonroad posted a comment   

nice looking case/enclosure used in the video!

love to know the brand!

anyone recognize it?


sharkie posted a comment   

You must wasted 1:16 minutes of my life..


Cynic posted a comment   

It's not just the oldies that have a problem. I have a friend that has a imac. They stated that their IMAC was better than any PC, because it did not have a 'harddrive'.

When I tried to explain the facts of the issue. She told me that everyone knows 'that the difference between a PC and a MAC is that MAC don't have Hard drives'.

Go figure

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