I admit with great indignity that I had been something of a sleeper cell in the world of computer hardware for the past few years. There was a time, quite recently, when I was very much Ã¢â‚¬Å“upÃ¢â‚¬Â on things. I was the neighborhood go-to-guy for advice on what to buy and where to buy it from. But by the time 2008 rolled by, months ago, not so much. Given, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a bit of a relief not to be the pro bono IT-public-defender I once was, but almost five years had passed since my last desktop purchaseÃ¢â‚¬â€œand seven since my last notebookÃ¢â‚¬â€œand it felt like it was about time that I got myself some Cliff notes to cram for the final.