[SunRescue] Best Value Sun for $1000?
n2vip at bellatlantic.net
Tue Aug 29 18:02:42 CDT 2000
Realize, these machines will only go *down* in value, and they are not going
to disappear any time soon.
An Ultra 1 would make a nice machine at home, but I wonder about the serial
port (for your intended dial-up usage)... Suns have had "brain dead" serial
ports in the past, don't know about present day machines...
Also, an Ultra5 may be another option, since you could then look for a
SunPCi card, allowing you to run a *real* WinNT machine *inside* your
Ultra5. Educational discounts put these machines at about $1200 today, and I
bet in the near term a similar offer will appear to take it's place.
Just remember, old Suns never die, they just wind up on ebay...
If I was to spend $1000 right now on a system, I would consider an
Ultra1/170 a good deal, if I could get adequate RAM and a decent sized
monitor in the deal (but that is just my opinion).
----- Original Message -----
From: "William Barnett-Lewis" <wlewis at mailbag.com>
To: <rescue at sunhelp.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2000 6:23 PM
Subject: [SunRescue] Best Value Sun for $1000?
> The subject says it all. I currently have an IPX (2gb/64mb &20" grayscale)
> that certainly works fun, but is Solaris 8 challenged and a wee bit pokey
> when in CDE. I'd like to retire my PowerMac 8500 and go to a Sun for my
> primary machine. Here at home that means I need to be able to do Internet
> over dialup, word processing, light programming (Squeak Smalltalk and the
> like), possibly some 3d rendering and run my copy of Real PC for those old
> dos games I'm addicted to... ;>
> I've seen that Data Instruments has an Ultra 1/170 for that much, but Mr.
> Dikeman has warned me that they may not have any when I'm ready to buy in
> couple of months (This will be my wife's Christmas present to me). So
> failing that, what would qualify as the best bang for the buck. The budget
> may get a hundred or two higher, but not lower.
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