Linked by fran on Sat 29th Jan 2011 00:11 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Each time a new version of Windows is released, many computer users find that their hardware is suddenly outdated. For cash-strapped schools, upgrading to the latest hardware with each major software release is simply impossible. A New York startup called NeverWare is offering a possible solution - a server that lets even decade-old PCs upgrade to the latest Windows 7 operating system."
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RE: Slightly off-topic
by Fransexy on Sat 29th Jan 2011 13:22 UTC in reply to "Slightly off-topic"
Fransexy
Member since:
2005-07-29

Are you connected to internet? i hardly belive that is Microsoft itself that makes that the old version on windows behave slow (with silent "upgrades" that their only purpose is slowdown the system) on the same hardware to force people to upgrade to new sistems

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RE[2]: Slightly off-topic
by vodoomoth on Sat 29th Jan 2011 14:04 in reply to "RE: Slightly off-topic"
vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

Although it sounds very conspiration-theory-pushed-to-the-extreme, I wouldn't be surprised if it were true.

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RE[2]: Slightly off-topic
by Liquidator on Sat 29th Jan 2011 15:09 in reply to "RE: Slightly off-topic"
Liquidator Member since:
2007-03-04

No, this computer isn't connected to the Internet. I don't even use it for web browsing, it would be too slow rendering the pages. It has 256MB of RAM and a Pentium III 650Mhz processor.

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RE[3]: Slightly off-topic
by unclefester on Sun 30th Jan 2011 02:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Slightly off-topic"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Just install a linux distro using a LXDE or e17 desktop. It will be blazingly fast with those specs.

e17 will apparently run on machines as slow as a 100MHz Pentium.

Edited 2011-01-30 02:43 UTC

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RE[3]: Slightly off-topic
by kifto on Sun 30th Jan 2011 07:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Slightly off-topic"
kifto Member since:
2011-01-30

hi

I've got a dell optiplex gx110 with those specs: P3 667mHz, 256mb SDRAM, intel whitney i810E chipset and a dedicated PCI NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400 graphic card.

It actually runs windows xp sp3 and Molinux 2.0 (a spanish puppy linux clone) in a 10gb IDE quantum disk (5,5GB windows and 4GB Linux). I only use this computer to surf the web through TOR, and that is something that linux does faster than XP (the XP installation is 3 years old, but this OS only has a few apps installed).

This machine has nothing to do with my brand new (well, actually 14 months old) core i7 860, but I can use it for what I want it.

On the other hand, the planned obsolescence is something very real since the begining of the 20th century and the Phoebus cartel...nothing new

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