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Ingrish at the ailing computer fair

By 13 February 2012 36

brocken screen

Found this at the computer markets.

Wonder what term of endearment we apply to indian (ex India) english.

Otherwise looks like the computer markets could be out of business in a year or so.

Both traders and patronage way down from its hey day.

Maybe a change in technology, iPhones and tablets instead of computers.

Also I guess the online stores have helped make the markets redundant.

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36 Responses to Ingrish at the ailing computer fair
#1
johnboy9:31 am, 13 Feb 12

Well let’s face it, an entry level phone these days is a more powerful platform than the computers we were building in the computer fair glory days.

what we’re paying for now is design and integration which slapping components into an ATX case before praying windows would recognise them had little to do with.

Realistically the grunt of a desktop is only needed for media creation, and if you’re doing that paying for an Apple is the winning bet.

#2
OverLord9:37 am, 13 Feb 12

johnboy said :

Realistically the grunt of a desktop is only needed for media creation, and if you’re doing that paying for an Apple is the winning bet.

Or playing Skyrim.

#3
Myles Peterson9:42 am, 13 Feb 12

“…and if you’re doing that paying for an Apple is the winning bet…”

And pay you will. Apple is for the non-techies with lots of cash who don’t mind giving up all their privacy.

Met very few Apple users who even know what a UDID is.

#4
Eppo9:45 am, 13 Feb 12

There are better options now.

Canberra has an MSY, and places like pccasegear.com.au can have components shipped to you in less than 2 days. The fair prices aren’t bad, but if you need to RMA something, it can be pretty difficult when the store is only ‘open’ every few weeks.

#5
housebound9:47 am, 13 Feb 12

Apples have tended to dominate the publications sections, and no one argues with that. Haven’t seen too many in GIS sections, though.

#6
Erg09:48 am, 13 Feb 12

OverLord said :

johnboy said :

Realistically the grunt of a desktop is only needed for media creation, and if you’re doing that paying for an Apple is the winning bet.

Or playing Skyrim.

+1,000,000

#7
Dilandach9:51 am, 13 Feb 12

I went to the computer fair a couple of months ago, it seemed somewhat less busy than in past times i’ve gone. Half as many stalls were there and half as many people.

Not many people bothering with the computer fair these days?

#8
Dilandach9:58 am, 13 Feb 12

inglish?

#9
Primal10:14 am, 13 Feb 12

Much as I like wandering and buying whatever takes my fancy, you’d be mad not to do your homework and compare prices with the raft of online sellers that are around these days.

And so long as I have a gaming addiction, I am forever going to be caught in that endless upgrade cycle…

#10
thatsnotme10:15 am, 13 Feb 12

Eppo said :

There are better options now.

Canberra has an MSY, and places like pccasegear.com.au can have components shipped to you in less than 2 days. The fair prices aren’t bad, but if you need to RMA something, it can be pretty difficult when the store is only ‘open’ every few weeks.

This. Why would I drive out to EPIC (or wherever it happens to be), pay to get in, and rub shoulders with sweaty geeks to buy a part, when for the same price (or less) I can use an online store such as PCCaseGear, and have the parts delivered in a day or two. It also means that if I decide I want a part early in the week, there’s no need to wait around for the weekend to get it.

Add to that the fact that if anything goes wrong, I can easily contact the store I bought it from, rather than having to wait until whoever I bought it from at the Computer Fair is back in town, and it makes online purchasing hugely more appealing.

To top it off, I’ve got more choice at a decent online store, and don’t have to show up hoping that the part I’m after is actually being sold (which can be more of a deal with things like decent PC cases, and larger items that take up more space).

Can’t see that I’ll be heading back to the fair any time soon.

#11
Jivrashia10:48 am, 13 Feb 12

Brocken Engrish? Oh well…

Not as bad as some eateries/restaurants where staff members are unable to communicate in English. (Usually some other staff member steps in almost immediately so it’s okay I guess).

As for Computer Fair/Markets, as above posters have already said, there are cheaper and more convenient alternative.

Personally the only reason I would go to the fair is to try to procure things that are old and no longer available, or very odd (currently looking for a Sony-Erricson charger with AU socket).

Hell, if they call themselves “Computer Junkyard” they might actually get more patronage.

#12
noma11:09 am, 13 Feb 12

Eppo said :

There are better options now.

Canberra has an MSY, and places like pccasegear.com.au can have components shipped to you in less than 2 days. The fair prices aren’t bad, but if you need to RMA something, it can be pretty difficult when the store is only ‘open’ every few weeks.

+1 on MSY. Everything sold at Canberra computer fairs is a rip off

#13
qbngeek11:12 am, 13 Feb 12

The biggest reason I gave up on the computer fair is that most the stuff there is either outdated or will be soon. I build gaming rigs so most the time I am only interested in the newest shiniest fastest parts and the fair can’t provide them.

besides, when I buy2 video cards at $800 a pop, I want a warranty that is actually worth something.

#14
Mothy11:16 am, 13 Feb 12

Had the choice on Saturday – Scorptech or Computer Fair. Scorptech it was.

johnboy said :

Realistically the grunt of a desktop is only needed for media creation, and if you’re doing that paying for an Apple is the winning bet.

Never tried playing Battlefield 3 then?

#15
johnboy11:18 am, 13 Feb 12

Mothy said :

Had the choice on Saturday – Scorptech or Computer Fair. Scorptech it was.

johnboy said :

Realistically the grunt of a desktop is only needed for media creation, and if you’re doing that paying for an Apple is the winning bet.

Never tried playing Battlefield 3 then?

Gaming on the desktop is for a dwindling band IMHO, upgrade treadmill or just get an xbox?

#16
Mothy11:21 am, 13 Feb 12

johnboy said :

Gaming on the desktop is for a dwindling band IMHO, upgrade treadmill or just get an xbox?

What makes you think I don’t already have one of those too :)

#17
Erg011:30 am, 13 Feb 12

johnboy said :

Gaming on the desktop is for a dwindling band IMHO, upgrade treadmill or just get an xbox?

I really hope this doesn’t turn into an “is PC gaming dead?” discussion.

#18
phototext11:55 am, 13 Feb 12

“Gaming on the desktop is for a dwindling band IMHO, upgrade treadmill or just get an xbox?”

I think Steam/ Gabe would beg to differ.

Something like Skyrim, you get tseveral games in one, the one on release and then the many the mods create. Don’t get that on a console (yet).

“I really hope this doesn’t turn into an “is PC gaming dead?” discussion.”

Too late for that.

#19
Mysteryman11:55 am, 13 Feb 12

johnboy said :

Well let’s face it, an entry level phone these days is a more powerful platform than the computers we were building in the computer fair glory days.

what we’re paying for now is design and integration which slapping components into an ATX case before praying windows would recognise them had little to do with.

Realistically the grunt of a desktop is only needed for media creation, and if you’re doing that paying for an Apple is the winning bet.

As someone who does media creation for a living, my opinion is that paying for an Apple is not necessarily the winning bet. It’s the expensive bet. There are other options (both cheaper and similarly priced) that do an equal or better job (especially since the disappointment of Final Cut Pro X

#20
cross12:44 pm, 13 Feb 12

A computer thread ! great troll wish I’d thought of it, can we have some more mac v pc posts and some linux posts as well .love it

#21
arescarti4212:48 pm, 13 Feb 12

noma said :

+1 on MSY. Everything sold at Canberra computer fairs is a rip off

I haven’t been to the computer fair since MSY opened. The real attraction for me is that computer hardware actually fails more often than you would think, I had the ethernet port on a motherboard I bought from MSY fail on me about 10 months after I bought. After demonstrating the problem to the MSY folks, I had it swapped out for another one on the spot, and the problem was resolved. That’s a convenience you just don’t have with the computer fair.

johnboy said :

Gaming on the desktop is for a dwindling band IMHO, upgrade treadmill or just get an xbox?

When an xbox can out output a video game to 3 HD LCDs at the same time, I might consider one.

#22
cross12:49 pm, 13 Feb 12

Have a look at http://engrishfunny.failblog.org/ there a some gems

#23
Thoroughly Smashed1:04 pm, 13 Feb 12

johnboy said :

Realistically the grunt of a desktop is only needed for media creation, and if you’re doing that paying for an Apple is the winning bet.

I never considered paying way over the odds for reduced functionality and performance to be the winning bet, but I’m funny that way.

#24
planeguy8:33 pm, 13 Feb 12

The multicultural festival was good for Engrish. Best effort was the dumpling stall…

“3 dumplings with Source – $5
6 dumplings with Source – $8
For $1 get a FREE drink”

#25
astrojax9:55 pm, 13 Feb 12

planeguy said :

The multicultural festival was good for Engrish. Best effort was the dumpling stall…

“3 dumplings with Source – $5
6 dumplings with Source – $8
For $1 get a FREE drink”

inghrish? deh was only ensuring you had genuine yangtse river water with the meal to make sure you had the authentic dish, from the sauce…

#26
gazket9:56 pm, 13 Feb 12

you get ripped of at the computer fair. usually overpriced 2nds

#27
Spitfire310:09 pm, 13 Feb 12

cross said :

“there a some gems”

Now that’s funny. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

#28
dungfungus10:58 pm, 13 Feb 12

planeguy said :

The multicultural festival was good for Engrish. Best effort was the dumpling stall…

“3 dumplings with Source – $5
6 dumplings with Source – $8
For $1 get a FREE drink”

The headline banner on that stall was “DUMPLINGS” in very large letters printed on two separate sheets which were joined too far apart for comfort so it read DUMP LINGS.
Neither a dump or a ling was on my mind at the time so I passed that stall without stopping.

#29
MWF11:14 pm, 13 Feb 12

cross said :

Have a look at http://engrishfunny.failblog.org/ there a some gems

There sure a!

#30
Deref7:26 am, 14 Feb 12

Myles Peterson said :

“…and if you’re doing that paying for an Apple is the winning bet…”

And pay you will. Apple is for the non-techies with lots of cash who don’t mind giving up all their privacy.

Met very few Apple users who even know what a UDID is.

+1

All your everything are belong to Apple.

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