[conspire] Parts is Parts

Ruben Safir ruben at mrbrklyn.com
Sat Apr 12 12:59:28 PDT 2008

On Sat, Apr 12, 2008 at 12:30:49PM -0700, Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting Don Marti (dmarti at zgp.org):
> > begin Rick Moen quotation of Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 01:15:46AM -0700:
> > 
> > > I mean, c'mon, that's no bleedin' workstation.  That's a storage server.
> > 
> > Or maybe a rack-mount workstation at a video editing house.
> In Christian's example, he's speaking specifically about himself and his
> one-man Digital Tipping Point video project.  I very much doubt there's
> any "video editing house" involved.
> Anyway, if for some reason I had 16 TB+ of storage, in something like
> nine physical hard drives, that I needed to run off one machine, there's
> no way on earth I'd risk running that sort of valuable equipment on a
> workstation case and PSU.  I'd use a robustly powered, well cooled,
> dedicated storage box -- rackmount or not.
> I keep seeing people trying to create major hardware and software
> systems by taking the familiar bad design notions they know from fooling
> with standalone OS/Windows desktop boxes and merely making everything a
> bit bigger and more expensive.  Dumb idea.  An elephant _isn't_ just a
> mouse that's been linearly scaled, had its nose stretched, and developed
> an orthodontics problem.

Actually, as I consider this, the PC is too powerful for most
users anyway.  the market needs an adjustment.  Look at the ASUS EEE.
These are small boxes that are very powerful.

Do I need a terabyte drive and 4.8 gighertz duel core?  Absolutely not.
What I need is a green machine, low power, no fan, easy on the electric
bill with a better human interface design.

It's time to reconsider the PC.


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