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Journal Journal: Stallman warns of cloud vendor lock-in

Stallman warns of cloud vendor lock-in

It's amazing for me to see many people ignore the obvious. Here Stallman explain in plain English why to avoid online solutions, yet most people are happy to put all their very personal and intimate stuff on the web - potentially for any one to see. Granted, gmail is very cool, but I am not going to save a spreadsheet with all my passwords on Google Docs! Then again some people deserve to be locked in :-)
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Journal Journal: The ultimate hardware selection for a dual boot system

This is probably going to be one of those journal entries that will grow arms and legs, but I am interesting in putting together a high end home system in a dual boot role:

The Windows Partition - this will mainly be for games. Although I do not yet have any of the latest games (released in 2008), I have a stack of older games. In fact, for some games I will probably have to install an older version of Windows. Here is my dilemma: the older versions of Windows may give problems on the "ultimate" home system, so I guess one of my questions is if it's worthwhile to play the older games (think Win9* days) in VMWare or something... Will have to think about this a bit :-)

The Linux Partition - I have a lot of development and infrastructure related projects, so already I am running out of steam on my current desktop when it comes to a Xen/VMWare dev environment (I can run up to 4 VM's at times, but ideally I would like to run 8 or 10).

summary - The Windows partition is for games and the Linux partition is for real work :-)

Ideally I would like to try and let the all the hardware be supported in both Windows and Linux environments. One frustration I currently have (as an example) is my scanner (a Canon CanoScan 4200F). At the time I got the scanner, I was still running Windows exclusively on my home desktop. Now that system is liberated, and I lost the use of my scanner - highly frustrating! I would like to make better decisions this time with a fair amount of planning.

The Hardware Selection

So here my journey starts. I need to make purchasing decisions on the following hardware:

  • Case
  • Power Supply
  • Motherboard
  • CPU
  • RAM
  • Cooling
  • Sound Card
  • Video Card
  • Storage
  • Input Devices
  • Other (TV card, printer, scanner, speakers)

the Case - I am not fussy about cases, but my concern for a high end system is around cooling, so I really need some input from old hardware hackers as to which cases is ideal. My budget for just the bare case is around US$200. I was thinking along the lines of a "LIAN LI PC-V1000BPLUSII W"... Any ideas/pointers would be most welcome :-)

The Power Supply - I'll admit that I have no clue when it comes to power/electricity. My current guess is to go from something like a 600 to 800 watt power supply ??? Again any advice here could be most helpful. I am hoping to spend less then US$100 on a power supply.

Motherboard - Because of my DEV requirements and the outlook to run many VM's, I am thinking quad core... The current board that looks like it will do the thing is the "GIGABYTE GA-X48-DQ6 X48". I am hoping to spend less then US$400 on a motherboard :-)

to be continued... I have to get to work now...

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