mcguire at neurotica.com
Mon Apr 29 11:01:55 CDT 2002
On April 29, Francisco Javier Mesa-Martinez wrote:
> Maybe I have spent way too much time in the hardware side of things, but
> it seems that you people have waaaaay to much free time (and are a bit
> overoptimistic). For something as useless as a solid state disk, with
> memory being so cheap, you might as well just get your system beefed up
> with real RAM and just define a RAM disk. Or maybe just get an old SPARC
> or feecee with a SCSI port and interface it with the SCSI bus of the
> main system, and just have part of the old system's memory act as a
> temporary storage for the main system. This would be a cheaper
> software-only solution, that might be actually doable.
Umm, no. If this were a viable option in all cases, the solid-state
disk manufacturers wouldn't be making all the money they're making.
*Some* memory is cheap, not all. I just put another 256MB in my G4
Mac for $35.00, while the same amount of RAM for my file server, which
is an AlphaServer 800, would cost me like $450.00. Solid-state disks
are [obviously] for relatively important, performance-sensitive
applications...and anyone doing that sort of stuff on a PeeCee (for
which memory really IS cheap) needs to have their head examined to
Dave McGuire "Mmmm. Big."
St. Petersburg, FL -Den
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