When
· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · October
· · · · 18 (1 entry)

Go Get a New Computer · That is to say, if you’re a soft­ware de­vel­op­er, or any­one whose com­put­er does some heavy lift­ing, and yours isn’t that new be­cause you’ve been un­ex­cit­ed by the last cou­ple of years’ new sys­tem­s. I say this be­cause I’ve start­ed fool­ing around with an Ul­tra 20 (dis­clo­sure: I didn’t pay for it) and holy crap, have desk­side ma­chines ev­er come along while I wasn’t look­ing. Great big huge com­pli­cat­ed Web pages just snap in­to place; NetBeans starts up in sec­ond­s; com­piles are done be­fore your fin­ger leaves the “build” func­tion key. The Ul­tra, an Opteron at 2.6GHz/2GB, is I think about as über as a single-CPU ma­chine get­s. I sup­pose there are two-headed box­es that would eat its lunch, but that gets in­to some re­al mon­ey. Th­ese pup­pies start at $900 and stay un­der $3K and our mar­keters claim they’re out front on bang for the buck. I wouldn’t know, but the busi­ness be­ing what it is, I’d be sur­prised if the com­pe­ti­tion were dra­mat­i­cal­ly cheap­er or more ex­pen­sive; ex­cept for, I poked around a bit and didn’t find any oth­er main­stream play­ers sell­ing single-Opteron work­sta­tion­s. Would I have paid a kilo­buck or three for this pro­duc­tiv­i­ty boost if I’d known what it felt like? No doubt about it. Read on for some de­tail­s, pro and con ...
 
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