Hugh: "I've had one for 2 1/2 years so far. I've been saving up for a while to get a REAL computer. Trust me, opening FireFox gives me 100% CPU usage and incredible lag time. "More than one application running at a time with ease"? HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH. Yeah, switching between Windows Media Player 11 and FireFox gives me (again) 100% CPU usage and lag. Want to play games? Well, fuck. That's too bad for you. It can't handle StarCraft (8 years old), WoW, or even Call of Duty. "Counter-Strike Source"? Oh, my God. You can play CSS.... if you like 9 frames per second on EVERY FUCKING LEVEL."
Leroy: "Damn... I'd be better off with a Pentium 2"
Hugh: "From now on, don't ever mention Intel products to me.... ever. Just go with AMD."
The Celeron was designed to be as cheap as possible. Not only in terms of production, but also in terms of design. So, instead of creating an all-new design that would actually compete, Intel just chopped parts of their Pentium II processor, until the desired level of cheapness had been achieved. The first Celeron to be rolled out was the 300A, and it quickly gained reputation for it's lackster performance, increadible lag, and general lameness.
During the height of their (un)popularity in the early 2000s, Celerons became the laughing stock of every tech-savvy person. Like AOL, they quickly became a product for people who didn't know any better. Today, Celeron's continue the tradition of being nothing more than chopped versions of Intel's processors, but fortunately people have wisen up and look at the benchmarks before they buy, so naturally, their population has drammatically decreased in favor of AMD, again.
Nevertheless, Celerons can still be found in office desks, as they are notorious for being able to tolerate incredible amounts of dust, nicotine and filth without breaking down, while being adequate in word-processing tasks and the like.
Friend: I see it also has a tv card so you can do your video captures
Me: Is coding video in 174x144 resolution at 15fps with Indeo Video codec considered "capture"? Now let's play Need For Speed III at medium graphics detail!