[FoRK] XP Updates needed for a fresh install: Over 146 updates, over 410MB

HK Pang <hkpang at gmail.com> on Tue Aug 21 08:11:27 PDT 2007

My Dell Optiplex GX1 SFF P3-450 consumes only 25W of electricity (see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CPU_power_dissipation) This little piece
of hardware has been performing admirably since 1999, with all
original components (onboard network, video, sound). It runs almost
silent and can fit almost anywhere. It must have browsed millions of
web pages and processed billions of packets. It killed half of dozens
of mices and keyboards and outlasted 3-4 monitors. It has lived its
life as NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP. At the rate it is going, it
is probably going to outlast my 1994 Acura integra, which is on its
3rd set of tires and still deliver 30+ miles per gallon while emitting
less pollution than 90% of the vehicles on the road.

You can get one for about $130
(http://www.pcliquidations.com/item.asp?id=1450) . But I won't sell
mine to you, it's a family heirloom that has served 3 generations.

On 8/20/07, Steve Nordquist <saigua at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> Moreover the fixed and variable electricity costs to run a 500MHz system are each above those of running a power-on-demand system based on the core-duo, Opteron, Athlon64, (see http://www.anandtech.com/IT/showdoc.aspx?i=3057 ) or the similarly priced VIA Eden (1GHz-2.5GHz.)  Refusing to either optimize your system to run either curses at 180x92 characters or so, or accelerated X11 with the appropriate tunings just goes to suggest a wacky outsourced diet and hygiene.  (Now if you'll excuse me I have to dedupe my omega-3 drawer....)
> (Antialiasing for the flatpanel screen, accelerated 2D at least...a Matrox G440 card works so-so in 2D, no excuse for not having RAID-1 SATA drives and 2-8 GiB DDR2.)
> How do I manage video GPU dissipation?  The -get a card designed to run with no fan- and -add a fan- bit is obvious enough, but inflexible.
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