- Nov 19, 2009
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- Southern Oregon
This is very correct. PG. One of my brothers' works for Intel (for over 20 years now) and they are having a heck of a time supplying chips. This has caused slow down in production of autos, appliances, computers, printer, anything with a chip.Computer chips fit into an interesting problem, as they are REALLY tied to how China is doing. No just because they make a lot of them but because the rare earth metals we need for them are almost exclusively found and mined there. It's the reason why I have serious doubts that the U.S. (and indeed the Western world) will EVER go on full war with China not matter WHAT they do. They only have to stop exports of the metals, and out ability to wage high-tech war crumbles (and they have too many people and too much military for a low tech war to work out in or favor).
He told me if we needed a new computer, to buy it now as its skyrocketing in prices due to the shortages. He has a mother board that is going out, and the price for a new one is three times what he paid for it.