[rescue] Compaq Proliant 8000
J. Alexander Jacocks
jjacocks at mac.com
Thu Apr 29 17:58:06 CDT 2004
I normally hesitate to jump in on a discussion that looks like
Dave-baiting, but I can't resist any longer.
It is amazing to me that even people on this list are surprised at the
value/power of years-old workstations compared to PC's. Folks, there is
a reason why these boxes cost what they did originally. Hint: it wasn't
for the pretty plastic. The recent death of so many .com businesses has
made it really easy to be a collector of some awfully powerful
In the past year, I have purchased the following, all for < $150:
Sun Ultra 60/400/Creator3D
Sun Ultra 10/440/Creator3D
SGI Octane R10k/250/2xSI
SGI O2 R10k/175
IBM RS/6K 43p/140/332
I even bought an Sun E4500 8x336/4.5gb for < $1000, if you want real
horsepower. (Thanks, Dave!)
I have variously used most of these as a primary workstation at home or
work (yes, I bring my own hardware to work) and do heavy lifting on
them. I do extensive daily compiling of large amounts of company and
other source, and have never considered giving up and going the way of
Windoze. I think it is worthwhile (and satisfying) to do what you think
is the right thing, especially in the face of corporate interference.
I have managed to impress my bosses enough with the value of reclamation
of others unwise cast-offs, that I have been tasked to acquire large
amounts of Sun hardware through such channels. It's really easy to
convince a suit not to buy a Dell when I can get enterprise-class
hardware for less.
Let's move on from this discussion soon. I think that almost everyone
has weighed in on this topic, and it's starting to get old.
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