Thursday, October 18, 2012

Microsoft Looking Out for the Little Guy

First the supposed Windows 8 Enterprise Edition:
Minimum hardware requirements for Windows 8 Enterprise edition
ArchitectureIA-32 (32-bit)x86-64 (64-bit)
Processor1 GHz (with PAENX and SSE2 support)[72]
Memory (RAM)1 GB2 GB
Graphics CardDirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
Storage20 GB

Funny.  Double each to achieve minimum tolerable performance.  

Anyway this is about something else.  And while no fan of Microsoft, this is truly good work.

Underclocking significantly reduces hardware failures, by 39% to 80%. This really shouldn’t be happening. Manufacturers apparently sell a lot of hardware that doesn’t quite meet advertised specifications, or else is inadequately integrated with the system (e.g. poor ventilation).

Race to the bottom is a dangerous game.  Price isn't everything.  Not in computers, not in houses.  We will be a generation flushing out the crap slap stick built houses thrown up in the 00s.  


Stagflationary Mark said...

...and laptops are more reliable than desktops.

Fascinating. I would not have guessed that. I think it is a strong testament to just how crappy desktops have gotten.

I'm still using a 2002 desktop. I am pretty much forced to upgrade and I dread it. This computer would still work fine for me if my Windows 2000 operating system wasn't unsupported.

I don't use my computer for much. I blog. I read emails. I have no need for extra speed. If I want to play games, I use my PS3.

Rob Dawg said...

Hoping for a good deal or two on black friday. I have a multi-boot i7 laptop but my desktop is a G5 dual locked into OS 10.5.x. More than time to upgrade. I have a spare Mac Aluminum box that I could gut and go with a Gigabyte board and i7 reusing almost everything else.