20/10/2000

New Hardware for the Domain 

Well as you folks already know Cmad was in Miami recently, and a computer geek like me cyah go Miami and not get some stuff for the Domain. I got some really good prices at Innovation Computers in downtown Miami. Of course it helps to have a friend working there :) Anyway, I got two hard drives, a 30 gig which I installed in main PC and a 15 gig for the server. Below is a pic of the 15 gig HD, the 30 gig is already installed.

   

      

I also picked up a HP 9300i 10X/4X/32X CD Burner for about $228 US at Brands Mart USA in Miami.  As you can see I already installed it in the computer. It is an excellent burner and knock on wood, I hasn't made one coaster yet. I haven't installed the 15gig HD in the server as yet, just laziness I guess, but I will soon. I plan to triple boot it as it it now with NT, Linux and Win98. Actutally, I might just go with a Win2000 Server instead of the NT4.0 .

 I partitioned the 30gig on the machine 20gig Win98 and 10gig free space, on which I intend to further partition into 5gig Win2000 and 5 gig Linux. It's a bit of a tedious task though, but it will be done by next year. Well that's it for now, I'll keep you guys informed if I decide to do anything else.


10/10/99

How fast do you want to go today ?

I'm reading the internet trades today that AMD has announced the release of it's 700Mhz Chip and that that they anticipate that by next year we will have a 1GHz chip on the market. A 1Ghz Chip ? Geeeez how fast do they really want to go ? Most people don't realize it, but, to the average user a 233Mhz machine is more than sufficient for their needs.

When I say the average user, I refer to people who basically use Windows 95/98 to do functions like Word, Excel etc and surf the net and check e-mail. This type of user doesn't necessarily need the power of a 700, 600, 500 or even 400Mhz processor for their basic everyday tasks. But of course the computer manufacturers don't want you to know this, otherwise you won't buy their new machines. The thing is that most people get caught up in the hype of a new computer. They always want the fastest and most powerful, even if they never actually use even 25% of the power, and are willing to pay for it. Computer manufacturers advertise that their machines feature the latest Intel or AMD processor running at XXXMhz and with Intel marketing a new hype about the faster processor being able do things like enhance your internet experience by making it faster, suckers are just lapping it up.

The truth is, there are are three major areas that benefit from the increasing speeds of processors, the PC Server manufacturers and buyers, the highend workstation users (e.g. CAD and Animation) and the PC Gamers Market. Unless you're in one of those categories investing in a 400, 500 or 700Mhz processor just doesn't make sense.

Now don't get me wrong, If you are in one of the above categories there are significant advantages to this new era of speed. For the PC Server buyers the faster processor the faster their servers and accept, process and output their data onto a network.  This is most commonly seen on the net, where a fast processor in corporation with a supportive chipset design (e.g. a 600Mhz Intel Processor with the new I820 Chipset) can deliver a faster throughput to a web client than ever before. So, for example, someone searching Yahoo or Altavista might get a faster response to their web search. Also, with the advent of E-Commerce and the steady increase in traffic on the net, the demand for faster servers is driving the creation of these newer and faster processors.

On the workstation and PC Gamers end the demand for faster, smoother, more realistic graphics and animation is helping to keep the processor makers in business. The newer processors in turn are helping to redesign and improve the data speeds on motherboards as well. The Intel I820 chipset boards are examples of this, where motherboard manufactures are constantly redesigning their boards to keep up with the new technology. The benefits of this are improvements in the speeds of PCI bus and AGP Slots (from 2X to 4X). Despite the fact that the PC Gamers market is growing at a steady rate, there is still allot of competition from products like Sega Deamcast and Sony Playstation which still offer a better and more economical gaming solution that jacking up your PC with all the latest processing and video speed just to run some 3D Graphic game that looks better on the Playstation anyway!

So we come back to the average, everyday user, who is still by far the largest population in the PC consumer market. A user who is being forced to buy high priced machines that he/she will never really make the full use of, but who is being told that this is what he/she needs.

 

 


01/09/99

Upgrades to CMAD's Domain

CMAD's Domain has been upgraded ! But before I go on I have to let you know what it CMAD's Domain was comprised of before. The old system consited of the following :

 

Old System

Processor

Pentium 233Mhz

Memory

64MB RAM

Hard Disk

6.4 GIG

CDROM

20X

 

New System

Processor

Pentium II 350mhz

Memory

64MB RAM

Hard Disk

6.4 GIG

Video

4MB 3D AGP with TV output !

CDROM

44X


The the new system has become the primary machine which I will be developing from and the older machine I intend to use as a test machine for other operating systems such as Windows NT and Linux. I'm actually going to setup the machine to tripple boot between NT, Linux and Windows 98, so that I can use all three.

The PC's are networked so that they can transfer files between each other as well as share the printer and internet connection (using RIDEWAY). It's a nice setup :) (as you can see I'm very prowd)

The main machine has also been outfitted with a ALTEC LANSING ACS33WSUbs Satellite and Subwoofer system (this is for my personal enjoyment !!! :) ) and I must say that it KICKS ASS !! Ah was playing some Lethal Riddims '93 on it today , and for those of you who know that CD, you know it have some bad tunes ! Dem tune kicking ass on dis sound system ! Ah jus liking meh self !

Anyway, that system will be used for all kinda multimedia apps like , well doing this web site, imaging (I intend to double the RAM on this eventually and get a scanner), Burning CD's (I have a large collection of MP3's, saving up to buy the burner) and other fun stuff. I wanna get a Connectix Quick Cam as well and hook it up to this system so that I can show LIVE PICS of the Domain here whenever I'm online ! That will be cool. So that's it !!! What do you people think ? :)

 

Computer Stuff

New Hardware for the Domain

How Fast Do You Wanna Go Today ?

Upgrades to Cmad's Domain