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jaime88
jaime88
jaime88
Thu, Dec. 31st, 2009 09:04 am
New 'puters

By way of keeping up with my computational needs, and the Windows and Mac OS...

I just ordered a Mac Mini (late 2009 Penryn, actually a shiny new one) to replace the loud, cased modded, and accelerated G4 Quick Silver. It's fanless, consequently quiter, and much faster than the old workhorse. I'll prolly try to sell the Quick Silver so it keeps on working. It'll be nice to not have that white noise generator in the house, tho' it's been enormously handy over the years.

And for my new microcurrent electrotherapy work I wanted a laptop, since it's programmed from a computer - and a Windows box no less. So I've not actually had much relationship with Windows since, well, since DOS. Learning curves a plenty ahead for the new year. So I ordered a refurbed MacBook from Techrestore.com. I'll run the Parallels Desktop emulator and Windows XP.

Current Mood: excited excited

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aisa0
aisa0
none of the above
Thu, Dec. 31st, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)

So I've not actually had much relationship with Windows since, well, since DOS.

I hear-tell that not much has changed.


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ravendisplayed
ravendisplayed
ravendisplayed
Thu, Dec. 31st, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)

My first Mac was a first gen mini, and I loved it. It is still sitting up in my closet, since I can't figure out what to do with it.


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jaime88
jaime88
jaime88
Thu, Dec. 31st, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)

I suggest you use it for running a distributed computing project such as one on the BOINC platform. There are lots of distributed computing projects to choose from, and your measly increased electricity use would be compensated for by the substantial increase in the world's common wealth. I strongly suggest that all 'excess' computational cycles be devoted to solving these sorts of problems, which are well suited to distributed computing. I currently use my excess computational power to run rosetta@home (protein folding, design, and docking), seti@home (finding our neighbors), and Climateprediction.net (climate science)


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