I have always enjoyed your fine sense of humor. Keep
--- Roger Turk <73527.1356(--nospam--at)compuserve.com> wrote:
> "obsolete: _adj_ 1 a: no longer in use or no longer
> useful" [Webster's
> Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary]
> If the computer is being used and is useful, then it
> is not "obsolete."
> I have 3 computers (4 if you consider one that is
> comatose); a Gateway
> (originally 486/33 MHz) 586/133 MHz, 8MB RAM, with
> 540 MB HD running MSDOS
> 5.0; a Gateway P75, 40 MB RAM, 840 MB HD running
> MSDOS and WFWG 3.1; a UMAX
> AMD K6-2/300 MHz Laptop with 32(?) MB RAM and a 3.1
> GB HD with the HD
> partitioned for 3 OSes, DRDOS 7, Linux, and W98.
> The 586/133 is my
> workhorse; the one on which I do all my drafting,
> word processing, database
> work, etc. The laptop I use only when I am *forced*
> to use Windoze and when
> I travel. The P75 was obtained when my office was
> burglarized and my "admin"
> computer was stolen.
> Oh, the comatose computer is a Leading Edge, model D
> (XT model) that has an
> Intel Inboard PC/386 board installed. It is
> comatose because the HD
> controller board went out and as soon as I "get a
> round tuit" I will install
> an 8-bit IDE controller board (which I have) and a
> 200 MB HD which will
> resuscitate it and bring it back into useful
> Now, if you are the type of person that needs a new
> car whenever the new car
> smell goes away, then you will not be satisfied with
> usefulness, but whether
> you have the "latest, fanciest, and (dubiously)
> By the way, my "car" is a 1984 Nissan pickup with
> 188,000 miles on it and
> only recently has started giving me some problems
> (alternator problems). The
> finish is "perfect" as I keep it protected with a
> nice even coat of dirt.
> So, Eric, you are not far "behind the curve" but
> near the cusp, continuing to
> be productive with productive tools; tools that are
> serving you well and with
> which you are familiar.
> A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
> Tucson, Arizona
> P.S. I also have two slide rules (K&E Log Log
> Duplex Decitrig) in my desk, a
> 6-inch and 12-inch. It will probably take me a
> while, however, to regain
> proficiency using them.
> Eric Gillham wrote:
> . > And I thought I was behind the curve! I'm
> sitting in front of a PII 450
> . > (Dell XPS) running WIN98 2nd Ed.
> . > It's been my experience that it is fairly common
> for smaller firms (my
> . > firm totals only 14 employees, including the
> receptionist and
> . > accountant)that I work with to stay with older
> computers. However, in
> . > our firm, we range from P133 Dells through PII
> 200's, 400's and finally
> . > mine at the "top" blazing along at 450Mhz.
> . > I tried to convince my boss that when Dell stops
> putting ALL our computers
> . > in their catalog, then it is time to upgrade,
> but haven't been successful
> . > just yet.
> . > As a side note, I would probably opt for
> component upgrades before I turn
> . > in the CPU - a nice 21" Trinitron monitor,
> better video card or even more
> . > memory seems to net more of a benefit for me.
> But, like you, I would
> . > certainly like to have a faster processor.
> . > For what it is worth.
> . > T. Eric Gillham PE
> . > -----Original Message-----
> . > From: Bill Polhemus [mailto:bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc]
> . > Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2001 9:42 PM
> . > To: SEAINT; Aec-Residential@Polhemus. Cc
> . > Subject: Q: How's Your Computer?
> . > I'm sitting here doing my "Stuff" on my trusty
> old 400 MHz Celeron PC with
> . > 256MB of RAM and Windows 2000, and thinking
> about how my computer is, in
> . > industry terms, "obsolete." Yet being a
> budget-conscious entrepeneur as I
> . > am, I have no plans to replace it in the near
> . > I'm wondering: Am I the exception, or the rule?
> Is it common among us,
> . > especially those who pay for our own iron, to
> hang on to these boxes long
> . > after the computer industry tells us they're
> obsolete? For myself, I
> . > really have no problems with the speed of my
> comuter--but if I suddenly
> . > had a 1.5 GHz Athlon system plopped down in
> front of me, I may wonder why
> . > I never upgraded!
> . > I'd just be interested in some opinions.
> . > William L. Polhemus, Jr., P.E.
> . > Polhemus Engineering Company
> . > Katy, Texas
> . > Phone 281-492-2251
> . > Fax 281-492-8203
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