Across the universe of gadget gifts, few things can inspire more angst and buyer's remorse than home computers. Even as their prices have crumbled -- processors and memory have become so cheap that your main risk is buying more of either than you'll ever use -- these machines have remained specialized, often high-maintenance products. You cannot shop for them by price alone; buying a computer still demands a series of decisions with non-obvious answers. For an increasing number of people, the first judgment call is the Mac-or-Windows issue. (Continue reading » )
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Rob Pegoraro answers your tech questions.