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    AMD Athlon 2200+
    Giga-byte GA-7VT600 1394
    512 MB RAM
    Radeon 9100
    Win 2000

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    AMD Athlon 2500+
    Gigabyte GA-7N400Pro2
    1280 MB Crucial PC2700
    Gainward GF3 Ti 200 GS
    80 GB WD Special Edition HD
    Sound Blaster 5.1 Live
    Sennheiser PC-150 headphones (so the neighbors won't complain)
    XP Pro SP2 RC1

    AMD T-bird 1200
    Gigabyte Mobo
    768 MB PC133
    Gainward MX400
    40 GB Maxtor
    Integrated Sound
    Demo version of Server 2003

    P3 550
    384 MB of el Cheapo ram
    40 GB hd (probably reman - they're really cheap here)
    Integrated video and sound Sad

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    Sabot wrote:

    Why is it that machines at home these days are better than the ones at work? If I remember correctly the trend used to be the other way around.

    Baaaaaaad economy...

    Sabot wrote:

    Does anyone still have a CBM 64? ... or even a VIC 20 3.5k !!! Seems funny, but those were the days when you could do soooooooo much with 3.5k

    I have a Toshiba MSX-1, from 1985 or '86, I believe. Every once in a while, I hook it up to my widescreen tv and enjoy the BASIC code and simple games from those good old days.

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    Home-(the ones I mainly use)

    850mhz Classic Slot A AMD
    80Gig HD
    Quad Boot XPSP1,XPSP2 (2082),XPSP2 (RC1),SBS 2003
    256MB PC133
    ATI 9600XT

    Server Home-
    1gig Duron
    2 180gig Hard Drives

    Dual AmD MP MSI K7D
    1 gig Memory
    80Gig Hard Drive
    ATI 9600
    TRI BOOT- Win2k SP4/WinXPSP1/WIn2k3 ENT

    Toshiba Portegee
    133mhz 64mb 2gig Hard Drive
    120mhz 64mb 4gig Hard Drive
    Win2k SP4

    And Yes I have noticed that trend... Home Computers become more powerful than work computers...interesting though seems as if buisiness is trying to cut corners here and there.

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    Sabot wrote:
    Why is it that machines at home these days are better than the ones at work? If I remember correctly the trend used to be the other way around.

    To hazard a guess, I'd say the answer is twofold-- first, powerful computers are now cheap, and second, the halycon days of engineers are over.

    My first "real" computer job was for the Contra Costa Water District over in sunny Walnut Creek.  There were maybe a dozen engineers with extremely powerful machines... we're talking Pentium 60s here, with huge monitors and HDs!  Their machines probably cost in the $8k range, which was 2-3x what everybody else's Macs cost.  I think you could buy a decent car for a little more at that time.  But the users were the few, the proud, the highly-trained don't-mess-with-these-guys CAD/CAM people.  At the time, the computers I bought for myself were quite far behind the cutting edge.

    Nowadays, there are engineers aplenty.  Can't toss a stick without hitting a couple.  And they all have extremely powerful machines... we're talking Pentium 4 3Ghzs with huge monitors and HDs!  But those machine only cost, what, 1.5k?  At that cost, you can afford to toss them around, just about.  Even the CAD/CAM guys could probably get along with off-the-shelf stuff-- being an engineer no longer means "I must have the absolute best".  Now I can afford to buy very close to the cutting edge.

    But, I could be wrong.

    That said, there are two big differences between my work machine and my home machine.  My work machine has twice as much memory (1GB vs. 512MB), and my home machine has a 17" LCD (vs. an aging 21" CRT).  Makes them pretty even in my book.

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    AMD XP2800+
    512meg of ram
    nForce2 64meg gfx
    80 gig HDD
    XP Pro


    Intel P4 3.06 ghz with HT
    512meg of ram
    Mobility radeon 64meg  gfx
    60 gig HDD
    XP Pro


    No job Tongue Out

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    Shining Arcanine

    D875PBZ Motherboard (Intel Canterwood)
    2.4GHz P4 w/800MHz FSB + HT
    1GB DDR400 Memory at 2-3-2-5 timings (Corsair Memory)
    ATI AIW 9700 Pro (AGP)
    ATI TV Wonder (PCI)
    Western Digital 36.7GB Raptor (SATA)
    Western Digital 200GB Special Edition Cavair (IDE)
    CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive (IDE)
    LS-120/SuperDisk drive (IDE)
    Thermaltake Purepower 480
    Windows XP Professional SP1 (used to be SP2 RC1 but an auto update destablized it)

    I'd love to run 2004 Media Center Edition but unfortunately, there isn't a retail version and I built my computer myself so I could get more for my money.

    Sabot wrote:

    Why is it that machines at home these days are better than the ones at work? If I remember correctly the trend used to be the other way around.

    Speaking of Spec, it's about time I upgraded my PC at home in time for the release of Half Life 2!

    Does anyone still have a CBM 64? ... or even a VIC 20 3.5k !!! Seems funny, but those were the days when you could do soooooooo much with 3.5k

    Corporations might be trying to cut spendings to boost profits. If you look at paulcam's machines, you would see that it is still the old way at Microsoft.

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    Main System:
    ECS EliteGroup K7S5A Pro Motherboard
    AMD Athlon 1.2 GHz
    320m PC100 SDRAM
    nVidia GeForce2 MX440 64m AGP4x
    10GB Combined HD Space (8.4 + 1.6)
    Windows 2000 w/ Service Pack 4
    US Robotics 3595OEM 56k Modem
    Onboard Sound using 2.1 speaker system
    Onboard LAN + Realtek 8139 PCI addon card (DUAL LAN FUN!)

    System Currently on loan to parental unit (female):
    Some old AOpen motherboard
    Intel Pentium 233MHz
    32m PC66 SDRAM
    3dfx Voodoo3 16m PCI
    1.2GB HD Space
    Windows 98 SE
    AOpen 56-PLM 56k Modem
    Sound Blaster 16
    Some old DLink LAN card

    System Currently used for old DOS apps:
    Some old IBM motherboard
    Intel Pentium 100MHz
    32m 72pin RAM
    ATI Rage IIc 4m PCI
    500m HD Space
    No modem
    No sound
    Some old IBM Etherjet LAN card (suprised it has cat5e port)

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    Home Desktop
    Dell XPS
    3.2GHz Extreme Edition P4 w/800MHz FSB + HT
    2GB DDR400 Memory
    ATI AIW 9800 Pro (AGP)
    2 x 10,000 RPM 72 GB SATA Drives
    1 x 7,2000 RPM 250GB SATA Drive
    CD-RW/DVD-RW combo drive (IDE)
    20" Dell Flat Panel 16ms Update Speed
    Windows XP Professional SP1

    Work Laptop
    Toshiba Tecra S2
    Centrino 1.7 GHz Chipset
    2GB RAM
    Mobile Nvidia
    1 x 60GB 7,200 IDE Drive
    15" Screen

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    bluebird: (workstation)
        2.4Ghz P4
        640MB RAM
        XP Pro w/ SP1
        140GB HDD space (1 80GB, 1 60GB)
        Radeon 9500 Pro 128MB VRAM
        SB Audigy 2 ZS

    gyre: (server)
        900Mhz Athlon
        1024MB RAM
        Debian (Unstable) w/ 2.6.5 kernel
        200GB HDD space (1 drive)
        Couple of really loud fans Sad

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    PIII 600mhz (damn I love those PIIIs)
    256mb RAM
    60 gig HD
    GF4 mx 440
    Win2k Pro

    those PIIIs were powerhouses..


    My twins! Wink (Two Workstations)

    PIII 550 Xeons (Dual) (HP Visualize X550)
    2gig RAM
    2 x 9gig SCSI HD in RAID 0
    Geforce FX5200 (128mb) Dual Display (replaced)
    XP Pro

    Both are hooked up to a KVM switch on my Two Sony Trinitron 20" CRTs .. One with Dual Monitor and the switch to the other for one monitor..

    got the 2 stations and 2 monitors for $350 from John Deere (used)

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    Dell Inspiron 8200
    Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 - M CPU 2.20GHz
    1024 MB RAM
    Disk Space: 350GB across 3 drives
    Dell TrueMobile 1180 Internal 802.11b Mini PCI Card - Packet Scheduler Miniport
    2nd Monitor, Dell 19" LCD
    Plantronics DSP 400 headset
    Windows XP Pro

    I am a good Dell Customer!

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    Compaq Presario 2.3 Ghz
    512mb RAM
    120 GB HD
    NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 with AGP8X
    SoundBlaster Live
    MS Desktop Elite Keyboard
    MS Intellimouse Optical (until they fix the 5.0 drivers)
    Logitech 5.1 speaker system
    Samsung SyncMaster 955DF

    Dell Optiplex 866mhz
    256mb RAM
    9.5 GB HD
    MS Desktop Elite Keyboard and Mouse
    Other standard built-in Dell stuff
    Dell 17" monitor


    Dell Dimension Desktop 1.8 Ghz
    256mb RAM
    20 GB HD
    Other standard built-in Dell stuff
    GE Optical Mouse (I provided it myself, only $12 at Target)
    A old, burnt-in, 17" Philips monitor

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    OS Name    Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
    Version    5.0.2195 Service Pack 4 Build 2195
    OS Manufacturer    Microsoft Corporation
    System Manufacturer    IBM
    System Model    657480U
    System Type    X86-based PC
    Processor    x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 1 GenuineIntel ~596 Mhz
    BIOS Version    IBM BIOS Ver PJKT31.0
    Windows Directory    C:\WINNT
    System Directory    C:\WINNT\system32
    Boot Device    \Device\Harddisk0\Partition1
    Locale    United States
    Time Zone    Central Daylight Time
    Total Physical Memory    261,560 KB
    Available Physical Memory    45,108 KB
    Total Virtual Memory    894,076 KB
    Available Virtual Memory    404,560 KB
    Page File Space    632,516 KB
    Page File    C:\pagefile.sys

    am I bitter that my MEM usage runs at about 70% with, db tool, and outlook open....YES. There is nothing worse then making a wrong move in that makes the MEM jump up to 90% for a few minutes. I am jealous of all of you with decent work pcs. We are actually suppose to get new IBMs but since we have a special configuration (dual mon) it is taking longer to get them. I  know how tricky that dual monitor config is *rolls eye smiley*

    1.8 AMD (think its like the 2800?)
    1g RAM
    40 G RAID 0 + seperate 80g WD HD(hey it was on sale)
    Radeon 9700

    DELL 2001FP 20inch + 19 inch CRT

    Working on my home pc compared to work is like night and day.

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    Home - Main system
    AMD 2000+
    512 MB PC-2700 RAM
    120 Gig 7200rpm
    ATI 9600 XT 128 MB
    52x24x52 CD-RW
    4x DVD Combo burner
    Windows XP

    Home - Server
    AMD 1 ghz
    640 MB RAM
    100 gig of space(2 x 40 gig + 1 20 gig)
    8x12x24 CD-RW
    Mandrake 10.0
    ATI 9200 SE

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    Tandy TRS80 Running Deskmate 2.0, with dual 5 1/4 drives! It's a real screamer.

    Almost forgot about PC Link.

    A big step up from my Altaire 8800 Wink

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    AMD ATHLON XP 2500+ w/333MHz FSB
    512MB DDR400 Memory (Samsung)
    ATI/Sapphire Radeon 9600 Pro (AGPx8)
    Maxtor 30GB Diamond Max 9 IDE(ATA-133)
    Maxtor 60GB Diamond Max 9 IDE(ATA-133)
    Pioneer DVD-ROM drive 
    HP CD-Writer 9300+ serise drive
    ANTEC TruePower 430
    Windows XP Home Edition SP1 (Code Name Whistler)

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    I posted my setup, with photos of my workspace here:

    But to save you a click:

    Intel Mainboard, P4 3.0 GHz, 1MB L2, 800Mhz FSB, 1GB PC400, DUAL 40GB- 10K RPM SATA IN RAID0,XFX GeForce 128MB DUAL-DVI

    Display (I Love my MaxDisplay)
    MD-218 Dual 18" XGA LCD By MaxDisplays

    Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop Elite

    Vodavi StarPlusSTS + Plantronics Vista Headset

    OfficeMax Black Leather High back (Ergonomic)
    Rated for 12-18 Hour Use (Very Firm)

    Tech Solutions Crosscut Shredder
    No company should be without one of these!

    Wall Art
    Courtesy my children (see:
    Gallery coming to a blog near you.



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