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  • I don't know that I'd call the 970 a "desktop" CPU by traditional standards. First, being 64-bit. 2nd, its shear complexity. Third, IBM is using it in blade servers. Justin
  • Sorry, MacOS 7 could use a 200GB SCSI volume, it would be limited to a 137GB (or is it 128?) IDE volume. Programner, I think when MacOS 9 came out I remember Steve on stage saying that MacOS could then handle disks as large as 8 exabytes. Just…
  • Quote: 64-bit addressing has immediate benefits for every user of newer computers. A 32-bit computer can directly address only 4 GB. As hard disks grow exponentially in capacity, vendors of 32-bit OSes have resorted to "hacks" to address them. The …
  • Quote: OSX gives each application 2 GBs of virtual memory (or so I've heard) and then swapps it's brains out trying to map this onto the physical memory hardware wich never growed beyond 2 GB. Wouldn't two apps get its share mapped using the same 3…
  • Outsider, you're always going to want to have cache, its more a matter of economics than anything else. It is much easier to speed upa processor than a system bus. The physical distance of the system bus is so much larger, it will always be "too s…
  • Ummm, well I just ordered a 1Ghz and dual 1.25Ghz at work. So there are some sales. Justin
  • Well, some great constructive posts. Not sure if bunge was talking about the Motorola G5 (aka 85xx), but that would make more sense. It IS made to be low power and be in an embedded environment. I believe it implements the PowerPC ISA, no? Nice …
  • All I have to say to grad student is, anyone who uses visual studio can go to hell.
  • You complain so damn much. Don't like the platform? Leave it, no one will mourn your passing. I'm sorry, but I have yet to see more positive posts from you than I can count on one hand. I mean you'd think that Apple has done nothing good for two…
  • Programmer, thanks for taking the time to reply. Airsluf, if you have a million functional units and one pipeline you can only fetch so many instructions through it. Your number of functional units is irrelevant if you can only fetch one instruc…
  • I don't know the details of this, but HT or SMT is only going to speed you up so much as you've got pipeline bubbles to accomodate additional execution. If you had one thread executing and all branch predictions were correct and all memory accesses…
  • [quote] Expect what IBM has always produced. Solid, not flashy, incremental improvements. Going to the .09 will probably take about a year. I believe that's about what it took Intel, who probably spent 10 times what IBM is spending on it. Three …
  • No, its not a gimmick. I think my iBook at 4.9 pounds is pretty light, shave off 40% of the weight and I'd call it a feather. Honestly, I have books (real ones) that I use for reference all the time (Deitel & Deitel rocks!) and DO carry them a…
  • If you have trouble carrying around three pounds, you've got bigger fish to fry than which computer to buy.
  • [quote]That one's nicer weight-wise, but it suffers from a screen with Squint-O-Matic(TM) technology - 10x7 in a 10.1" screen! - and still has to hedge with a keyboard because XP isn't an OS designed for a pen interface. I iterate, I AM NOT CONCE…
  • Firstly, where do people get this silly idea that the TabletPC's are heavy?
  • The Macintosh WILL NOT be x86 powered any time in the near future. An x86 Mac would not only be "not OS9-bootint", it would not even allow Classic to run. Apple is NOT, NOT, NOT, NOT going to do this. There are still a fair number of Classic/OS 9…
  • [quote]Originally posted by Yevgeny: So, with the 14 inch iBook gone, I would propose two iBook models: slim and standard. You're splitting hairs of market share here. When you split the market, you lose economies of scale. Having …
  • I may be mistaken, but I'm pretty sure you're talking about Apple portables, not Dell's or x86-based ones. My 700Mhz, 12.1" iBook has a battery life in real use of 3 hours, 45 minutes. My previous 400Mhz Lombard has a battery life of about 3 hours…
  • You know why media bays went away? 1) Floppy drive bit the dust, no need to swap floppy and optical drives. 2) Media bays are more expensive to put in a computer. 3) Battery lives went up, need for a second battery is much less. 4) Media…