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Re: boot problem, disk mess.. thinking of suicide.

From: Bill Hacker <wbh@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 05:54:15 +0800

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Justin C. Sherrill wrote:
> On Wed, September 27, 2006 3:53 pm, Bill Hacker wrote:
>>OTOH, we have decided to buy no more 3.5" HDD *anyway*.
>>2.5" are now large enough, fast enough, and reasonably well priced enough
>>to allow us to put the redundant arrays into 1U, and on less power,
>>that we now need a 2U to hold, power, and cool.
>>This isn't just 'green' awareness - there is a largish $$ jump in rack
>>rental per UPS power budget 'chunk', and all our gear is
>>upstream b/w-limited anyway, not HDD speed/capacity limited.
> Along the same lines, I'm looking forward to the point where RAM is cheap
> enough that you can create a multi-gigabyte disk from it.  If there's a
> battery backup, it'd be a darn fast/cool/light 'disk'.  Hitachi, I think
> it is, has 32G of flash available now.

There is a totally new (at silicon level) magnetic? phase-change? RAM just 
coming out of the labs and going into sampling.

It has a longer write-cycle life than any current flash, and smaller cell size, 

*Meanwhile* - my first personal HDD was a 5MB (mega, not giga), Rodime, and I 
used 256 KB (kilo, not mega) RAMdisk on S-100 medical lab gear, 2 MB 'JRAM' on 
my 386, so I have long been in the never-ending RAM-vs-HDD cycle.

If apps and file storage formats would just stop bloating, and a good 
'projection' or direct-to-brain display come along, we could do all we need with 

And networked DFLY back to 'mothership' servers.

Meanwhile, I vote for acquiring a pleasant 'partner' with a nice personality, 
giving *them* a computer and a cell phone to call you at the golf course of pub 
when a decision is needed.

. ..Worked well for leaders of nations and industry even before cell phones.

OTOH, no computer I have ever worked with ever sued for 'palimony', quit to 
become a fulltime housewife, or got pregnant, (though some seem to have shown 
signs of PMS).

. ..so maybe we *are* better-off than Andrew Carnegie or Ivan the Terrible.


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