Anyway what is to happen to Be? They are doomed. Be is banking on the
"geek" factor. Well let's explore that factor. Geek's usually don't have a
lot of disposable income. A geek will take a $35K a year job third shift to
sit on a fat T1 without a lot of supervision over the high stress $75K a
year marketing gig. So let's explore what a geek wants.
A Be Box will sell (either a real Be or PowerComputing Clone) out the door
for around $3k. Let's look at today's paper and see what we can build a
Geek Box of our own for.
All this is a one stop shopping trip to Fry's.
120 Mhz Pentium/PCI mother board 256K Cache / E- IDE $195.00
512K Cache $19.95
Fujitsu 2.5GB E-IDE Drive $225.00
32 Meg RAM $120.00
MiniTower Case and PS $25.00
Diamond 64 Video PCI $119.00
Floppy (guess) $50.00
SoundBlaster 8X CD-ROM 16 bit sound card (guess) $199.99
Cool metallic blue spray paint $2.99
Linux Slackware CD-ROM $20.00
Granted a P-120 isn't exactly state of the art. However it is more than
sufficent for most "geeking"
Total? $975.00 for a P-120 32/2.5/8X 64 Bit video/16 bit audio system.
This system would also run magically delicious on something like NeXTStep
3.3, if you happen to have a complete install CD laying around. :-)
I got two turntables and a microphone...
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