I have completed the draft of my final finance paper, ?Review of Legalized Gambling: Comparing Two Perspectives,? on state gambling revenues due April 27. I was on such a role that I went ahead and drafted my infrastructure management paper, ?Local Government Information Technology: Security Plan and Policies Best Practices.? I do not remember the last time I was so productive on a Friday night! I did get a chance to go to El Mezcal with Jaccie and Mr. Borys so the evening was not a complete and total case of self imposed educational isolation.
Charles Barkley said on TNT “I have never used email. People who use computers are just stupid.” Cheers to you Charles Barkley, you luddite you, feel free to look that up on the internet.
I will be writing until I am done. Determination is not a something to strive for it is something you have or you do not have. Now is the time. I will return when the projects are over.
Things Nels has to complete to graduate.
1. Finance paper on state gambling revenues (April 27)
2. Best Practices Paper (May 5)
3. Final Law Paper (May 11)
4. LDCHA Policy Issue Paper (May 19)
5. Professionalism Paper (May 22)
6. Thesis ?The Future of Community Labor Markets: A labor market test of the suburban exploitation thesis/hypothesis.? (May draft 5 final 22)
I was doing some research and in the middle of my work I thought maybe my internet was down. It turns out that in the middle of reading articles the national online database of journal articles for the Expanded Academic Universe.
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I have been in much better mood for the last few days. Probably because of a feeling that came to me the other day. That is right I have finally made my peace with the University of Kansas and graduation. Hopefully I will be able to finish the thesis that I am working on my motivation has taken a noise dive as I try to finish the last draft. I have feeling that this will be the week.
Mr. Borys got dragged out to the Plum Tree Chinese/Thai Food restaurant to get some Pad Thai noodles. From time to time I am a big fan of a good order of spicy Pad Thai noodles only the Plum Tree serves a sweet noodle medley. I then decided to ask the sever to kick it up a notch with some crushed red pepper swimming in pepper oil. Let me just explain that I got a very confused look and then a confused stare as I proceeded to fling pepper all over my noodles. Sometimes spicy food rocks!
Uncle Bill has generously decided to allow us to download a beta version of the new XP64 which is designed for implementation with the AMD 64 bit chip. Honestly I was a little skeptical about the whole process, but I liked the idea of being able to run my x86 32 bit applications and be able to run some 64 bit applications at the same time. Being able to do both at the same time is a huge advantage. The only practical reason to use a 64 bit operating system is for mathematically oriented solution implementation I use it for working on some large math problems and of course the Captain Fractal Project.
Why would Uncle Bill be giving away 365 days of free XP64 product registration? I know the answer it is rather simple it has to do with the fact that the operating system for Windows XP64 requires drivers that are 64 bit while it will run most software that is 32 bit x86 driver compatibility is a huge issue. So basically if you are not running a standard rig with an AMD 64 chip and a Gigabyte GA-K8N Pro nForce3 150 chipset you are going to have a hard time getting drivers. In fact the good people at Gigabyte don?t even bother to ship the 64 bit drivers with the motherboard. I actually had to force the driver installation on my Realteck TRL8169/8110 Family Gigabit Ethernet NIC so that I could download other drivers from the internet.
The good people at http://www.planetamd64.com have some helpful information that allowed me to get through the instillation process. I will be putting together a full account of what I had to do to get the Operating System up and running with a complete list of links that were used here in the next couple days. Right now I am going back to the coding and recoding.
Computer technology has changed and will continue changing. When I think of buying computer technology, I think of the world of computers in terms of three tiers the current behind the technology lag computer, the former behind the technology lag computer, and of course the computer that is setting the technology standard. Understanding that rapid change will always be a part of buying a computer you need to protect your investment by being aware of how long it will take for the computer that you just bought to be behind the technology lag. It is also important to note at this moment that when technology falls behind the technology lag curve the price drops substantially then that technology disappears being replaced with the next big thing. The technology mantra is out with the old in with the new, early and often.
Current behind the technology lag computer system is running a Pentium? 4 Processor at 2.66GHz with 533MHz front side bus, 256 megabytes of Ram, 20 gigabyte hard drive, and a DVD player, maybe even a built in network card. A desktop system at this range is probably going to be offered with a 17 inch monitor. Deficits of this technology package are lack of a Compact Disc Writer (CDRW/CDR) or a Digital Video Disk Writer (DVDR/DVDRW), a smaller monitor at 17 inches, a smaller hard drive when hard drive size is exploding some of them are now over 200 gigabytes, and the biggest drawback in my mind the lack of 512 megabytes of ram. (Estimated total cost for this system $600-$900)
- Pentium 4 Processor at 2.66GHz with 533MHz front side bus
- Microsoft? Windows? XP Home Edition
- 128MB Shared DDR SDRAM at 333MHz (Performs at 266MHz for 400FSB systems)
- 40GB Ultra ATA/100 Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
- 17 in (16.0 in v.i.s., .27dp)E773c Monitor
- 48x CD-RW Drive
Now that we know what technology is currently behind the technology lag we can look at the computer that pushed the curve and could be charting the course for the future? We are talking about the new AMD Athlon 64 FX-51 Processor, 1GB Registered DDR SDRAM PC-3200, 120GB Seagate Serial ATA 8MB Cache, and the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 256MB. This is a less than learn, mean gaming machine, that is going to carry the field in every category that the current behind the technology lag computer has with a 8x DVDRW and the 30? NEC LCD3000 monitor. What sets this computer configuration apart is the ultimate graphics card with 256 megabytes of graphics memory which is equal to the Ram in the previous computer, the 64 bit processor which is a infinitely better than the 32 bit processors of old thing about it this way if you were drinking soda from a can with a straw and all of a sudden your straw doubled in size you would be able to drink twice as fast! In this case the computer is able to process functionally twice as fast because the processor space as doubled allowing for way more space to crunch the big numbers. (Estimated total cost for this system $3000-$4000)
- 1-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support with Onsite Service
- Alienware Full-Tower Case (420-Watt PS) – Cyborg Green
- AMD Athlon 64 FX-51 Processor with HyperTransport Technology
- Ajigo High Performance Heatsink / Fan Unit for Athlon 64 Processors
- ASUS SK8V – VIA K8T800 Motherboard
- 1GB Corsair XMS DDR SDRAM PC-3200 Registered ECC – 2 x 512MB Module
- GeForce? FX 5950 Ultra 256MB 8x AGP w/DVI & S-Video
- AlienIce? Video Cooling System – Terra Green
- 120GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 Serial ATA 7,200 RPM 8MB Cache
- 16x DVD-ROM – Black w/Software MPEG-2 Decoder
- Lite-On 52x32x52x CD-RW – Black
- 3.5″ 1.44 MB Floppy Disk Drive – Black
- Creative Sound Blaster? Audigy 2 ZS – 7.1
- Integrated 3com Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
- Microsoft? Windows XP Home Edition
- Microsoft Multimedia Keyboard – Space Black
- Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 – USB – Space Black
- Microsoft Works Suite 2004
- Free Alienware T-Shirt – Black
- AlienAutopsy: Automated Technical Support Request System
Now that I have seen the future and it looks bright I have to take a step back to the bargain basement and show you all what computers are on the soon to be deceased list and are basically dead on arrival (DOA) to the computer stores, because all the profits have evaporated into the ether as the new technology brought down the price of the old. We turn to my favorite bargain basement computer dealer the one the only E-Machine, if you are not familiar with E-Machine they are a warehouse shipping model company think of a leaner meaner cheaper no frills Dell. E-Machine says that they have a computer for sale that only costs $399 so what could they offer.
- CPU: Intel Celeron 2.60 GHz Processor 128KB L2 cache & 400 MHz FSB
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
- Chipset: Intel 845GV Chipset
- Memory: 256 MB DDR (PC 2100)
- Hard Drive: 40 GB HDD
- Optical Drives: 48x Max. CD-RW Drive; 3.5″ 1.44MB FDD
- Video: Intel Extreme Graphics 3D 64 MB Shared Memory
- Sound: AC ’97 Audio
- Modem: 56K* ITU v.92 ready Fax/Modem
- Network: 10/100Mbps built-in Ethernet
The only thing missing from this cut down bargain basement cutie is a monitor which can be purchased for around $99 at any major technology retailer. Making this E-Machine bad boy a $500 before tax bargain this is a working computer that will not jump through hoops or do anything exceptionally cool other than desktop processing and maybe a boring game like golf or something similar.
In conclusion, buying a computer is all about price! I recommend trying to buy just behind the edge of the technology curve in the technology lag. In case you have missed what exactly that means here is a simple example that will clarify the meaning of this mysterious term. Go to a technology store that sells computers like Best Buy, Office Deport, Computer Depot, or any of the other dime a dozen retailers. They get the best computers shipped to them and before they can sell the entire stock of what was the best technology changes and a new shipment comes in and now the retailer has both the new and the old. At this point a technology lag is being expressed between the best and rest so the retailer has to lower the price to make the inferior goods seem more attractive.
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