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A computer geek and his money are soon parted - to paraphrase an old adage. What you are staring at right now, your desktop computer, is one of the greatest marketing rackets of this or any other century. After all, how many CPUs, motherboards, video cards, joysticks and assorted desktop tchotchkes have you plowed through just in the last 18 months? Nah, don't count. It'll just depress you. If the car industry had this kind of planned obsolescence, there would be congressional hearings. If you exhibited these kinds of compulsive buying patterns in any other consumer category, you'd be on Oprah discussing hardware addiction, swallowing Prozac like they were Flintstones vitamins and blaming Bill Gates for your malady.

But since no one really wants to see poorly attired nasal-voiced nerds whine about their upgradaphilia on national television, Sharky Extreme introduces "The Silicon Money Pit," a regular column devoted to rationalizing our endless consumption of hardware goods. Here you will find short takes on some of the industry's most high end and offbeat products as well as our obsessive/compulsive columnist's own adventures with all manner of hardware. We understand your obsession. We even celebrate it. We're poorly-socialized, arrogant and opinionated gearheads who have been known to chew out the UPS guy when the new TNT5 doesn't arrive on time - and we're proud of it. What are we going to spend all our money on, anyway? It's not like we've got a full dating schedule, now is it boys?

So, if you think you finally got a handle on that computer addiction, wait until you see the goodies Sharky's got on his lab shelves! Warm up that credit card, Sparky. Break out the Prozac, kids. It's time to freefall into the Silicon Money Pit!

Silicon Money Pit #5: - September 3rd 2000
Phoneline Networking, Narrowband and Other Grounds for Divorce

Silicon Money Pit #4: -June 12th 2000
Babes and Geeks Just Don't Mix

Silicon Money Pit #3: - May 15th 2000
Mid-Life Crisis, Geek Style

Silicon Money Pit #2: - December 16th 1999
The Greedy Gearhead Gift Getter's Guide

Silicon Money Pit #1: - October 30th 1999
A Computer Geek and His Money are Soon Parted

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