[rescue] Re: Help IDing Old Drive
mcguire at neurotica.com
Fri Mar 19 23:22:21 CST 2004
On Mar 19, 2004, at 11:32 PM, Bob Keyes wrote:
>> Mechanicsburg, PA. It's a company that repairs car radios for Ford
>> and GM
>> (warrantee and repair work). It runs their accounting/payroll
>> software and
>> tracks repair tickets and inventory. Companies outside the Metro
>> areas often
>> stick to what works, especially since many of these companies can't
>> to keep reinvesting in data systems. I'm talking about very pragmatic
>> who ask the simple questions like "what does this thing do
>> different?" The
>> answer is usually "it lines your vendor's pockets with cash". The PC
>> revolution got bogged down in skepticism in cow country.
> But how long will it continue to do so?
> A lot of money was made on systems like that when the y2k bug reared
> ugly head. People that didn't know what was going to happen...simply
> upgraded their systems. I think it added a lot to the Boom Times of the
> Roaring 90s.
> But what will happen with the pr1me is that eventually no one will be
> available to do any maintenance for it. Parts will become difficult to
> find. The benefit of 'COTS' hardware is that there's a lot of parts
> around, and lots of expertise.
The difference, of course, is that the Pr1me machine will probably
run for another 5-10 years without a burp. You don't need "parts" for
a machine that isn't broken.
PCs aren't reliable in production; this is a well-known fact...but
that has people in the mindset that *computers* aren't reliable in
production...which is simply not so. I know you of all people know
this, Bob. ;)
Dave McGuire "PC users only know two 'solutions'...
Cape Coral, FL reboot and upgrade." -Jonathan Patschke
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