Can you tie your own shoelaces?
The poster above just about beat me to it - how the hell do you get a job writing for one of the biggest IT sites out there if you can't spec a PC from *DELL* of all people? This is the company that will default to a ball mouse on an £800 PC - of course they won't automatically put a firewire connection in there! PC's *still* don't have firewire in there as a matter of course (unlike my 7 year old G4) and I would expect him to know this. Same goes for IDE - SATA is the way forward and he's criticising this? And at the end of it all why did he not ask a colleague for advice if he's stuck?
Oh, and the quality of the writing is pretty poor. The paragraph about the 'mystery' component upgrade made my head hurt - almost like it was written by a bottom-set GCSE student. What's scary is that this clown is thinking of becoming a switcher. Errrr - OS X sucks mate, don't bother. We don't want you.