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Re: My primary PC CPU is a

by SageMusings (Beadle)
on Mar 31, 2002 at 21:34 UTC ( #155662=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to My primary PC CPU is a

Enlightened Bodhisatvas,

I used to use a PIII 450Mhz desktop. Served me well. Recently, in an effort to study away from the house and kids, I purchased a laptop with an AMD Athlon 1.2Ghz. The difference in speed is breath taking. Now, I use the desktop predominantly for gaming because of its 19" screen. For anything else, I prefer the laptop.

At work it is a different story. I am in the Marine Corps and code on an old PII 400 with a 17" screen. Yes, it is adequate, but I am definitley flying coach!!!

How does industry treat you real programmers? Do you get sweeter systems?


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Re: Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by snafu (Chaplain) on Apr 01, 2002 at 21:18 UTC
    Well, I admit, my employer treats us pretty well. I am treated a bit better than some of the others because of the other extra-curricular things I do. Here is what I have on my desk right now:

    1: Sun Blade 100 running @ 450 mHz with 128 Mb (use to be 256 but they took 128 away from me! Whats that all about?!

    2: My Sun Blade 100 has a SunPCI 2 card in it. This is basicly an AMD motherboard running everything except its own hdd. Technically, this is a PC inside my Sun Blade. I am running Win 2K on it. Its a 700 mHz CPU with 196 Mb of RAM.

    3: Intel Pentium III 700 with 256 Mb.

    Peripherals

    *I am running a 7 drive cdrom scsi array off my Sun Blade that automounts and auto shares when a CD is placed in the drive. People use this to install software onto servers that we don't have physical access to. (the main data center is about 20 minutes away from here).

    *I have an 8mm dat and an HP cdrom 9600 series CDRW daisy chained together for backups. Ok, the part that sucks about this is that cdrecord doesn't have drivers bundled for the cdrw. So, it kind of can't write atm. :)

    I know it wasn't asked for but I am curious to know what others have, too. At home, I have computers coming out of my ears!
    1: My main machine is an AMD K6-2 350 with 256 Mb running FreeBSD 4.5.

    2: Next down is a Pentium 233 MMX with 64Mb running Linux

    3: A Pentium Celeron 700 with 128 Mb running FreeBSD.

    4: A Pentium Celeron 700 with 256 Mb running FreeBSD.

    and finally
    5: A Pentium III 600 laptop with 128Mb dual-bootable to Win2k Pro SP1 and FreeBSD 4.4.

    Thats my line up. I prefer the AMD chips. I just happened to get great prices on machines that were Intel only on the main boards so, I was stuck with getting Intel shtuff. I prefer AMD over Intel though...I really do! :)

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
    - Jim
    Insert clever comment here...

Re: Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by Juerd (Abbot) on Apr 02, 2002 at 08:33 UTC

    Now, I use the desktop predominantly for gaming because of its 19" screen. For anything else, I prefer the laptop.

    Most laptops have VGA output. If the back of your desktop is hard to reach, try using a switch.

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Re: Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by E-Bitch (Pilgrim) on Apr 03, 2002 at 03:33 UTC
    How does industry treat you real programmers? Do you get sweeter systems?

    Yes and no... I have a great server that I can log into for development, but we're getting shafted as far as workstations go.... My only *real* complaint is that I cannot throw gnome onto a sunray (you can if you have your own box, a la a sunblade 2000), as the sunray has no physical drive,and I cannot control the interface :(

    Not too many complaints though... The job rocks... :)


    _________________________________________
    E-Bitch
    Tempora Mutantur Nos et Mutamur in Illis
    "The Times are Changed Even as We are Changed in Them"
      There is gnome available for sunray, it's just the default that is KDE, but you can change it.

      CSUhockey3
Re: Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by Starky (Chaplain) on Apr 04, 2002 at 00:23 UTC
    Where I used to work, we got top of the line boxes (600 MHz was top of the line at the time) with top of the line video cards (nVidia GeForce was top of the line at the time) and bee-yoo-tee-ful 21" monitors.

    Sweet stuff. It was in part because the VP of Technology recognized the productivity gains from having highly-trained employees working on good equipment and in part because the VP of Technology was alpha dev in late-night Quake sessions ;-)

    Now I'm a finishing my graduate degree and the computers available to students are so abysmally outdated that I had to buy my own workstation to keep my sanity intact.

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