Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 00:39 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Efforts are split between models in which keyboards detach from screens, ones in which the keys remain attached but can be hidden behind displays, and traditional fixed clamshell designs." None of these really float my boat. They work with clunky connectors and weird hinges, while I'd much rather have Surface's nice magnetic connection. On top of that, Surface just looks way better than this stuff. Pretty clear why Microsoft felt the need to make their own hardware.
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RE[4]: piss poor design
by bassbeast on Wed 5th Sep 2012 05:26 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: piss poor design"
bassbeast
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2007-11-11

Friend the PCs I was selling 5 years ago were Phenom I X4s and Core Duos with 4Gb of RAM. Tell me what could you not run easily on that? Heck i have businesses on Phenom X2s and Core Duos and they are quite happy and have no intention of replacing anytime soon.

And all it takes to keep a machine clean since Vista is any of the good free AVs and a teeny tiny bit of common sense. It usually takes me less than 30 minutes to teach a customer on Win 7 everything they need to know to keep the system clean.

And sorry you got stuck with RDRAM but I saw the writing on the wall and avoided that garbage. I've also made sure my systems for the last 7 years can hold at least 4Gb of RAM and with any multicore that is more than enough to run anything the average user wants to use.

Oh and I know all about old gear, I use a Sempron 1.8GHz from 2004 as a nettop in my shop, with 2Gb of RAM and XP it surfs just fine. Already have 7 in a dual boot and it runs just fine on that system OOTB, it even has Aero since I added an old Geforce card I had laying around.

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RE[5]: piss poor design
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 6th Sep 2012 00:05 in reply to "RE[4]: piss poor design"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

I don't recall saying that there are things you "can not" run on older hardware. Just that while hardware power is increasing, so is software bloat, so you often you won't be able to run newer versions of the same programs on the same aging hardware at the same exact speed. They'll begin slowing down as they get more bloated with bad code and start sucking up more memory. Throwing faster hardware and more memory at it is not exactly the optimal way to solve this problem, but, it's basically what everyone's doing instead of writing their programs more efficiently.

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RE[6]: piss poor design
by bassbeast on Fri 7th Sep 2012 14:42 in reply to "RE[5]: piss poor design"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Citation please? Name a single program, just one mind you, that won't run on a Phenom I X4 with 4Gb of RAM? That was actually one of my cheaper builds I sold thanks to the TLB bug I was getting Phenom I X4s dirt cheap so i was selling fully loaded units less than $425 which I'm sure you'll agree is pretty dang cheap for a custom build fully loaded with OS and software.

So I'm sorry but what you are saying was true...in 2004 when the MHz race was still on, but I'm just not seeing that now. I even have a shop running Solidworks and Photoshop on Phenom I X3s and they are quite happy with the performance, they simply added 1Gb GPUs to take over the rendering of the SW objects (which BTW were a grand total of $27 a piece) and they can spin and resize those parts as fast as their mice can whip them around.

So I stand by my statement, once we reached multicores PCs became insanely overpowered for what the masses are doing with the things. The only thing I've seen come even close to what you are talking about is FPS gaming, and even then a 3GHz Athlon X4 from 4 years ago will chew through every game out there with a decent GPU at over 30 FPS, no problem.

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