Tuesday, July 13, 2010

"We are Arab, believe us, we are smart."

So, I gotta blog about what just happened. I left my cell phone charger somewhere I can't get to at the moment, and I always wanted a spare, so I went up the street to cop one for the cheap. When I walked in to the Mobile Phone store, I some computers in the corner. They were for sell and one of them was on 99 dollars. A sheet of paper taped to it listed these specs of the machine:

40 gb Hard Drive
1 gb of Ram
2.8ghz of Ram
Pentium 4

Now, at this point I was slightly confused. The only reason I was even reading that deep into it is because it was only $99 and I know people that need a computer. Most people who know ANYTHING about computers can read this sign and notice a problem. Theres a problem with 2.8 ghz of Ram. Ghz is a measurement of speed, not amount of ram. And even if it were measuring the speed of the ram, 2.8 ghz speed ram doesn't exist, especially in an old Dell with a Pentium 4 processor.
So I ask the guy "do you mean the pentium 4 processor is 2.8 ghz?" His initial response is in complete defense, stating he'd bet me money that the computer successfully turns on and works. I told him that's not what I'm asking him. Once I explain to him I'm not saying he is selling a broken machine, he listens further and says that the sign is perfectly correct. That this Dell had 2.8 ghz of Ram. His coworker then comes over saying that the sign is correct and he's willing to bet me $200 that if he turned it on, the specs would read 2.8 ghz of Ram. He told me he had a Masters degree in Computers. I asked him what branch of computer technology. He says all of them. I turn and look at his friend and ask him for my charger so I can leave. His friend says, and I quote, "we are Arab, believe us, we are smart," while I was leaving. I turned around and said told him he probably is smart, but not smart enough to listen when someone is trying to help him sell something. He then fell back, and asked what it should say. I told him to figure it out on his own.

Pride man...wow. A powerful thing. These guys were dead serious.

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