[rescue] Sun Kit Needed for EE Student Here

Charles Shannon Hendrix shannon at widomaker.com
Wed May 3 21:43:57 CDT 2006

Wed, 03 May 2006 @ 16:31 -0700, Don Y said:

> their conscious awareness. If, instead, you think about what you bought the
> machine for in the first place and base your ongoing "re-evaluations" of the
> machine's worthiness on *that* decision (and don't let others subtly change
> the criteria you use), then there's no reason why the *machine* has changed
> (become "slow").

Desktop apps, games, and each release of Windows use more and more resources,
and that drives the PC upgrade frenzy.

In the UNIX world, Gnome tries hard to fullfill that role...

For those of us who buy machines to do work with sane applications (and
even KDE is sane compared to a lot of Windows stuff), we generally know
what apps we'll be using when we get it and if they run OK.

That means we'll keep using it until real work becomes too much burden
for the machine, or we'll have a server to offload it to.

We are also generally more discplined about how we use resources, and
more of our work is batch oriented, while your typical Windows task
involves reacting to the computer and forced realtime interaction
with little alternative.

Aside: why are so many @#$% websites set up so you have to babysit downloads
and things like that, instead of just getting a URL you can deal with later?
It isn't necessary, not even for load handling and useless stats!

> I suspect your problem was the BIOS doing your thinking for you. I can
> usually get any disk to at least *boot* from even ancient BIOS'es -- long
> enough for the real OS to start up and "fix" the problem.

Generally just create a /boot partition (or OS equivalent) that you locate
under 1GB, and you'll be just fine. The BIOS can't see the rest of the drive,
but it doesn't matter because a good loader can, and from that point you
should be fine.

> Again, that depends on where you are and what resources you have access to.
> I see 4x500MHz servers discarded pretty regularly.

I obviously need to move...

> It's distressing but most folks really seem happier in the PC camp --
> even those running Linux/*BSD/etc.

I think this is mostly pragmatic for a lot of people.

shannon "AT" widomaker.com -- ["Consulting wouldn't be what it is today
without Microsoft Windows" -- Chris Pinkham]

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