Whether it is your first time buying a computer or buying one as a replacement to the old, it is always helpful to have a little knowledge on what is being sold in the market today. With the technology for computers evolving at an alarming rate, you could easily end up being perplexed when faced with the decision-making process.Naturally, the choice of computers that you will end up buying will largely depend on the job that is needed for it to perform. There are different kinds of computers to suit different tasks with the two main types of computers and they can be divided into workstations and multimedias.MultimediasMultimedia computers are flexible in the sense that you can use it for just about anything that comes to mind. It can be used to play the latest games with good graphics and sound such as the popular “World of Warcraft” (WOW). It can be used to watch your favorite television programs and movies, either through downloads and online streaming. In addition, you can easily be your own music and video producers and perhaps, be the next online star. The main difference with this would be they tend to cost more compared to workstations since it requires a lot of hardware in multimedia computers.WorkstationsComparatively cheaper, workstations are basically more for official jobs such as emailing, document creation and presentation, web browsing and other business-related performances. The main reason for the cheaper cost would be the hardware and software. The CPU would be the main hardware that adds up to chunk of the cost. Comparatively, workstations come nowhere close to multimedias where gaming is concerned. The advantage, however is workstations are upgradable since the majority of them utilize onboard sound and graphic cards.With the above two main kinds of computers to be found described in general, it will help you save time and money in addition to finding the computer to suit your specific requirements.
As of September 18, 2009, the healthcare reform bill, HR 1495, was still in committee. Once it is out of committee, it goes to the House and Senate for vote and then to the president for signing. Just because it is signed, doesn’t mean that it immediately goes into effect. Some of the mandates of the new bill require private insurers to comply with new rules and regulations that are set by the reform bill. One can only guess how well that is going to go over. The real issue at hand, as is with many bills, is how much will it cost? Not only in terms of actual cost to individuals desiring some form of healthcare, but in terms of taxes and burdens upon tax payers?Currently, an estimated $500 million in new taxes are anticipated to cover the healthcare reform. Whether or not this is the actual number, the reality is that covering the healthcare costs of tens of millions of Americans is not going to be cheap. The Obama Administration is already spending money at an alarming rate. Can we really afford this plan? and yet, can we not afford it?I can tell you that my own predicament is having to afford healthcare for my own family. I want the best care, but at a reasonable rate. When it costs almost $800.00 a month to pay for my family, I wonder what the federal alternative will be? Will it be less for the same care? Or will it be an HMO nightmare where I can’t get in to see a doctor for weeks on end. Will mental health be covered? What will it cost me as a clinician in terms of being paid for the services I provide? It’s already difficult understanding how insurance companies justify what my pay should be, and at such low amounts!!Balancing both sides is difficult. I should be paid well enough to support my family, yet I don’t want to be robbed when trying to get healthcare coverage. This is where private industry can step up. Healthcare shouldn’t cost so much to meet the needs of patients. Without going into great detail, healthcare companies have very much figured out how to “pool” their members to avoid a catastrophic trend of insurance claims that would bankrupt them. Therefore, why does it cost so much? Employers already bear much of the burden for their employees when contributing towards their insurance premiums. The answer seems pretty obvious to me: The current insurance companies are top heavy.When greed is factored into the cost of insurance, then it becomes a problem when considering the moral value of insurance and healthcare. Corporations have a duty to benefit the stakeholders of their organizations. This is in direct conflict of providing affordable healthcare because it makes moral sense. To dramatically offset the corporate greed, government feels it needs to step in. Unfortunately, the government can’t see the forest among the trees. They are so worried about those who are lost among the forest that they lose sight of the bigger picture: Providing healthcare without burning down the forest. Until corporate governance can limit executive pay and until government can limit the waste in spending, neither option is the best option. Why not have a healthcare system that is subsidized by government, but only to the extent that it limits the cost to those who are uninsured, and therefore, limits the pay to upper management in order to avoid a top heavy system?At some point, a pendulum must meet it’s center. The new healthcare reform seems to be at odds with the current healthcare system. The current healthcare system provides the best medicine in the world. It provide efficiencies that make processing insurance care easier, faster, and less expensive. Medicare should be a forewarning to us about how the government will manage this system. It’s slow, burdensome, and has more holes than Swiss cheese that allow for abuse.As a clinician that constantly battles with insurance carriers over payments, processing of claims, and meeting the needs of my patients, I can say that the system has become easier, faster, and more user friendly over the past couple of years….and it doesn’t take over 1000 pages to accomplish this.The bottom line is that healthcare reform isn’t going to happen anytime soon. It isn’t going to happen cheaply. So before everyone jumps on the bandwagon, take a moment to think twice about where you are in your current coverage and lobby for a cooperation between private and government healthcare, instead of government run healthcare.