Originally Posted by gwpjr
What most people don't realize is that current chips are affected by lane leak when overclocked with higher voltages.
It never hurts to be an optimist.
Which may be a good reason in believing the 600 years figure.
I loved reading your response by the way. It made mine seem grade school.
HA!! Grade School. Not even you actually made a very informed reply.
The difference is, I've been using and working on computers since 1984, I've been studying them ever since. Also, you can say I've been a little exposed to people in the manufacturing and testing end. Ummm, Mindy's dad was an electronics engineer with Motorola.
Since then I've also been around people who test the consumer end and others that work or have worked in the manufacturing end.
This is the first computer I ever had to deal with. Portable my behind, it was inside an air condition Semi-trailer and we had to use cards with a #2 pencil and fill in about 50 bubbles on each card. Each card ordered one part for the motor pool. If you filled in the wrong bubble the thing would shut down for about an hour! http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/hi...year_1975.html
Also, notice the info on fractals?
This is the first computer that I ever saw anyone buy to use in his room. It's programs ran on cassette tape: Attachment 159993
Go to this page and scroll down to the Osborne 1, this is the first computer that we ever used in the field to order parts, it took about an hour to send an order to a satellite then back to the U.S. : http://www.computerhistory.org/timeline/?category=cmptr
Here's a better pic, borrowed from Maximum PC : Attachment 159999
This one was the first computer in my house, in fact, it's still in my house, in the back room on the top of a storage cabinet, 20Mb hard drive, notice, that's Mb not Gb, 8Mhz processor, it takes 20 minutes to boot. Guys who bought the 80386 upgrade card were thrilled because the 386 version was called the X, add that to the SE and you have the Mac SEX: http://www.everymac.com/systems/appl...c_se_fdhd.html
The first computer I upgraded instead of fixed was Mindy's 386DX/40. She had a bookkeeping business when we met. It ran at 16mhz then if you hit the "Turbo" button it ran at 40Mhz. The base system cost her close to $1500-. First thing I added was a Cyrix Math co-processor, later we upgraded from a basic video card, I think it had 16 colors to a VGA card with 256 colors then the really big purchase was a Sound Blaster kit that was the whole length of the case and had a CD drive controller on it that you could actually install DOS games with. We later upgraded from IBM DOS 5.0 to MS DOS 6.1 and installed Windows 3.1!!! I still have 1mb simms, 30 pin simms, 72 pin simms, a WD Caviar 2340 that has a whopping 341.2Mb of storage on it. A Seagate ST3243A drive with an amazing 214Mb on it.
We have many other things, this place is like a Museum of old computer parts. After the 386DX40, the next computer we built was a Pentium, that's it, just a Pentium and since we were late adopters we missed out on the math co-processor bug. The local store wanted $4600- for a 486DX100 but I bought the parts for the Pentium for about $1200-, case and video card included. When we move, I'll take pictures of all this stuff for you guys.
Also, thanks very much for the compliment, in case you didn't know I've always been a bit of a writer. One more thing Enigma and I have in common.
Almost left out one of the oldest pieces of junk I ever worked on. I forget about it because it's at my feet, literally, I use it to block away the power cords so the dogs don't unplug things under the desk. It's a 286SX, a little trick they used to make a bigger profit from people, it was capable of running 32bit software on a 16bit processor. Capable, but not really reasonable. It came in a form factor that's known as the "Pizza Box", put it on your desk then put your monitor on it. I had to tell the lady that it couldn't be fixed. Google "Dallas Clock battery" and you'll see why.
Oh yeah, you're absolutely right, people are always jumping lanes by overclocking, processors, motherboards, video cards, some people even boost the juice to thier HDD's to see if they can get more power
out of them. Did I just hear Tim Allen grunting??
Optimist? I can't think of being any other way. Hmmm maybe a drunken doomsayer?Edited by BriSleep - 6/14/10 at 8:24pm