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    CelicaSupra.com Member drjim's Avatar
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    My first PC was made from cast-off parts. It had a 486-SX running at 40MHz, and 8 Megabytes of memory. It had the first brand-new hard disk I ever bought, a 1.6GB Western Digital unit that I got on an after Christmas sale from Fry's that cost about $200 out the door.

    The case, power supply, floppy drive, and interconnecting cables were all used, from a friend of mine, that I paid $35 for.

    It had a VGA video card with ONE MEG of memory that I got used for $20, and I think I paid about $50 for the 8 one meg memory sticks in it, also used.

    The most expensive thing on it was the Windows95 OS that I paid full retail of about $130, and came on thirteen 3-1/4" floppies.

    Sometime later I installed a SoundBlaster card and CD drive I bought used at the TRW swap meet in Redondo Beach. I put a 33k modem in it from Fry's that was on sale for about $50.

    It ran "OK", but was too slow to run RealAudio or RealVideo. They wouldn't even install after spending AN HOUR downloading them as the specs on the PC weren't good enough, even though I'd installed at $40 math coprocessor I bought from a place that advertised in Nuts-and-Volts magazine.

    A year or so later I built a new PC in the same case with a new motherboard using a Pentium 133. That Christmas I upgraded to an AMD K6 200MHz processor, and a PCI video card with 4 meg of memory with my Christmas bonus from the place I was working at at the time.

    And from there it's been a steadily escalating spiral of newer, faster, "better" motherboards, CPU's, video cards, blah, blah, blah.....
    1985 5-speed "Ms. Swan"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khlause View Post
    You two are way ahead on the PC tech; I had no idea things have progressed so far in the last 18 years.
    It's amazing what goes on,behind your back.
    Jim is the electronic WIZARD!
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    Quote Originally Posted by drjim View Post
    My first PC was made from cast-off parts. It had a 486-SX running at 40MHz, and 8 Megabytes of memory. It had the first brand-new hard disk I ever bought, a 1.6GB Western Digital unit that I got on an after Christmas sale from Fry's that cost about $200 out the door.

    The case, power supply, floppy drive, and interconnecting cables were all used, from a friend of mine, that I paid $35 for.

    It had a VGA video card with ONE MEG of memory that I got used for $20, and I think I paid about $50 for the 8 one meg memory sticks in it, also used.

    The most expensive thing on it was the Windows95 OS that I paid full retail of about $130, and came on thirteen 3-1/4" floppies.

    Sometime later I installed a SoundBlaster card and CD drive I bought used at the TRW swap meet in Redondo Beach. I put a 33k modem in it from Fry's that was on sale for about $50.

    It ran "OK", but was too slow to run RealAudio or RealVideo. They wouldn't even install after spending AN HOUR downloading them as the specs on the PC weren't good enough, even though I'd installed at $40 math coprocessor I bought from a place that advertised in Nuts-and-Volts magazine.

    A year or so later I built a new PC in the same case with a new motherboard using a Pentium 133. That Christmas I upgraded to an AMD K6 200MHz processor, and a PCI video card with 4 meg of memory with my Christmas bonus from the place I was working at at the time.

    And from there it's been a steadily escalating spiral of newer, faster, "better" motherboards, CPU's, video cards, blah, blah, blah.....
    The SSD's are coming down in price,depending on how you configure the OS to incorporate the SSD for the second hard drive.
    Jim can do it. My back up computer is NOT configured correctly!!!!
    My GURU just left.
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    I just CANNOT work with only one monitor!!!!
    One for my camera system AND email,the main monitor for my You Tube and porn and movies. Netflix:Great!
    My GURU said that a new Netflix show that is worth watching:
    The man in the high castle. Sci fi stuff. Maybe.
    I wish that sometimes I could have THREE 24" monitors,but I just split-screen my secondary one.
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    Yeah, some of my Blogger friends rave about that show.

    I've been putting SSD's in the little teeny-tiny PC's I build for specific applications, like monitoring and archiving the data from my Davis weather station, and the little PC I built for the Iowa to receive WEFAX (weather facsimile) broadcasts on the shortwave bands.

    They boot incredibly fast, are dead quiet, and use very little power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddd228 View Post
    I just CANNOT work with only one monitor!!!!
    One for my camera system AND email,the main monitor for my You Tube and porn and movies. Netflix:Great!
    My GURU said that a new Netflix show that is worth watching:
    The man in the high castle. Sci fi stuff. Maybe.
    I wish that sometimes I could have THREE 24" monitors,but I just split-screen my secondary one.
    NO! it's on dailymotion:

    I'll try it.
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4jhub6?fbc=839
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