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Comment: beginning, middle, hopefully not end (Score 1) 558 558

First: A 33Mhz Packard Bell with 8Mb memory (I think), 256Mb HDD, sound card, video card, and a turbo button; running Windows 3.11

Longest use: A Celeron 1Ghz (or so) desktop maxed out with 512Mb RAM, a 30GB HDD, sound card, cheap network card, and ATI Rage XL 8Mb PCI video card. Started life in 2001, was in active use up to a couple months ago [schoolwork for most of that, a stint as development / file server, then sat around for a few years, and lastly resurrected as a media player].

Latest: A Haswell Pentium 3.2 Ghz, 8Gb RAM, 500GB HDD running Ubuntu 14.04.2. viewed with a Gateway* 24" 16:9 LED IPS and a Samsung 19" 4:3 LCD. Planning to upgrade to a 256GB SSD (HDD was from a old machine) and a Nvidia GT 730 or GTX 750ti sc ... undecided as this is my last remaining non small form-factor machine, and when possible, I used to upgrade my other desktops with this one's hand me downs :)

* Yeah, I didn't know they were still around either!

Comment: perception vs reality (Score 1) 169 169

Makes be think it would be neat to compare the poll submissions to the real results. Or maybe next week's poll will be on how accurate Slashdotters think they are in regards to evaluating their comment history. But then the week after will have to be how accurate we think we are at predicting how accurate we are..... :-)

Comment: I like them (Score 1) 141 141

For what it's worth, I have a first-run model B (256mb RAM) and yes the supply was short back then, I ordered it at launch (Feb) and got it in July, but i expected as much so it was never an issue. Last year I got a later model B (512mb RAM), no wait at all.

I've never had any problems with either; the older one runs as a web and VoIP server, the second is my used by my 7 year old to play with Scratch. I have never regretted either purchase, although I will admit running Scratch can tax the Pi, but it is cheap enough to introduce my kid to Linux without making it their main machine.

For goodness sake, I have a 13year old desktop sporting a 1Ghz Celeron with 512MB ram that is hooked up to a tv and serves as a media player for my youngest. If you can't find a use for a cheap linux box with a somewhat modern GPU, stop whining and use Google.... or just don't buy it. :)

+ - We The People (Whitehouse.gov) Petition for increased NASA funding->

corando writes: I came across this petition and thought I'd share with fellow slashdotters (it may not be well written, but it is nice to see some people still care):

Increase NASA funding. So we can discover new worlds, protect us from danger and to make dreams come true. CJ, Age: 6.5

Increase the funding for NASA so that children can dream of exploring the universe. Science funding is the future of our country.

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Comment: Re:Spreadsheet applications shouldn't need GPU!! (Score 0) 211 211

On the other hand, massively parallel computation is what spreadsheets are and what GPU is good at.

^^^ This. Although not always, but often enough.

If you have multiple columns performing the same action for each cell accost a few thousand rows, it could make a difference.

+ - The new Microsoft TechNet->

corando writes: For over a decade, Microsoft has run the TechNet site and service to provide forums, tutorials, evaluation copies of software, news and other helpful aids for IT professionals who need to become more knowledgeable about Microsoft software. The subscription service component of TechNet allowed subscribers to install and run full-featured copies of Microsoft's latest software for limited periods of time and offered prioritized telephone support.

Microsoft will continue to run TechNet site itself, but offer evaluation copies of its new software at no cost through the TechNet Evaluation Center instead. Users have also been able to access evaluation copies of the latest software through the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) subscription service.

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Comment: Hello, from the USA (Score 1) 451 451

"will not be treated as a United States person, unless such person can be positively identified as such, or the nature or circumstances of the person's communications give rise to a reasonable belief that such person is a United States person," the secret document stated.'"

Which is why I start all my conversations with an un-encrypted "Hello fellow US citizen! Nice weather here in the US, where we both live and currently are, today huh?" ;-)

+ - AMD's low-powered 64-bit ARM chips->

corando writes: AMD on Tuesday shared initial details on its 64-bit ARM chips, code-named Seattle, which will have up to 16 CPU cores. The chips will be up to four times faster and more power efficient than the quad-core Opteron X-series chips, which draw up to 11 watts of power and are based on the x86 architecture.

While these are targeted for servers, one has to wonder if phones and tablets are next?

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