All entries for Friday 08 October 2004
October 08, 2004
To make sure we have even a semblance of scientific-ness, I refer to Tom's Hardware Guide. There was some other website I saw with 64-bit performance shown with roll-over images. I got the impression the 64-bit features were worth activating.
"A look at the benchmark results reveals that there are only few areas where Intel dominates. While the synthetic benchmarks often speak in favor of Intel's 3+ Gigahertz chips, there are only few real-life applications left that run better with Intel inside: audio/video encoding and some rendering applications. Games and multimedia applications have already been a domain of AMD's Athlon64, and the new Socket 939 processors underscored that fact." Tom's Hardware Guide
I'm in pretty much the same situation as Adam M (*waves at Adam) except I'm waiting for PCI-Express 939 motherboards not because I want one, but because it'll knock down the prices of the old stuff. :D But we'll see.
Writing about web page http://forums.warwick.ac.uk/wf/myforums/forum.jsp?fid=422
I've no idea what the New Writing Society is about but they've had a semi-active forum which is well worth a peek.
Oh, yea. Warwick login needed! Sorry. :)
In light of recommendations that going for AMD64 is premature, I wanted to fish for AMD64 users (specifically running Linux or Windoze XP 64-bit beta) for opinions and comments on their purchasing decision.
If you presently own an AMD64, would you have bought it in hindsight?
Writing about web page http://www.gnuplot.info/Must learn how to use gnuplot. I've had enough of handing in nicely LaTeXed pieces of work with a scrap of paper containing the figures. (Needless to say I executed just such a thing today.)
It's late (3:25am) and I have a maths deadline tomorrow but this is the perfect time to do this!
Proposed parts for system (with alternatives):
Antec Sonata ATX + PSU (case) £77
AMD64 (939) 3500+ £238
AMD64 (939) 3800+ £427
Zalman 7000/A AlCu (CPU heatsink/fan) £28
Samsung Syncmaster 172X (17" TFT) £270
Viewsonic VX715 (17" TFT) £259
Cherry CyMotion Linux (keyboard – Scan.co.uk) £24
Seagate Barracuda SATA 7200.7 (80/160/200 GB) (£44/£70/£85)
(No mouse, motherboard, RAM, etc. chosen.)
Comments please! (Indicative prices included to help with this.)
Writing about web page http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/04/10/07/204217.shtml?tid=153&tid=219
"US authorities issued a federal order to Rackspace's office in the US ordering them to provide Indymedia's hardware located in London to the requesting agency. Rackspace is one of Indymedia's web hosting providers with offices in the US and London. Rackspace complied, without first notifying Indymedia, and turned over Indymedia's server in the UK. This affects some 20+ Indymedia sites worldwide." – Argentina Indymedia
Gives me a new website to visit anyway: www.indymedia.org