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It's amazing, but most of the tapes still load into the old computer as they are. They were not the best quality tapes to begin with and the oldest programs are from 1978. It's really a small miracle that they still load. Other users were not so lucky when they brought back their old computers from the attic.
Never seemed to be too successful at taking on Intel. Motorola gave up long ago. Now Intel will definately have a monopoly. Never really liked the Intel chips, but they were selected for the first IBM PC, and the industry has not reall looked back since them. From what I remember Intel was able to provide an 8085 in a 40 pin plasitc package, while the Motorola 68000 was in a 64 pin ceramic package. The 8086 was the same except is was really 16 bit, and in a 48 pin package. IBM was so cheap that they even did not run the chip a full speed.
That sucks. I use AMD CPUs (and it looks like I'm the only person doing so).
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I've given up on pretty much everything except Intel motherboard (actual Intel boards, not third party boards with Intel chipsets) and Intel processors. It isn't really AMDs fault, but rather the motherboard manufacturers - they are all just way too hit or miss for me. Even the high end boards have way more problems than tried and true genuine Intel reference boards.
I gave up when I had some issues with RAID arrays, two boards in a row with two different manufacturers that caused me to lose a lot of data that was SUPPOSED to be protected with RAID redundancy. Unforunately the controllers had issues and I lost quite a bit. RAID controllers seem to be particularly bad on third party boards...I just don't have time for this - Intel appears to be VERY diligent in testing their boards, so I've stuck with them.
"as the chipmaker struggles to find a role in an industry increasingly focused on mobile and away from traditional PCs"
That's once again hype - yes mobile is blooming but most/real work done on traditional PC's.
Yeah, not surprised. I've built several desktop computers for myself and the AMD machines I've built died within two years. Of the four Intel machines I built, only one died and that was after four years; I put the others into retirement after five.
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Weird, I have not lost any of my AMD PCs, I still have working K6-II, Duron 600MHz, Athlon XP 1700+ (with a small part of the silicon chip missing, but still working), Phenom 9850 BE, Phenom II 975 BE. Over the time power supplies and motherboards died but none of the processors. Starting with the Athlon they were all pretty heavily overclocked - max with basic air cooling.
Except for 1 NVidia card (8800GT, that is one good card), all my graphics cards were ATI. I have lost only one of them, due to fan melting (literally) twice and then, on the second go, trying to remove the radiator myself, by hand. The first fix was done locally and they kind of glued the radiator with epoxy and used too much. Let's just say that when the radiator came off it took some SMDs from the PCB surrounding the chip with it.
I now use ATI graphics but Ivy Bridge i7 - WoW runs about 50% more FPS on Intel compared to AMD processors and that's the only gaming habit I still afford.
The project I am working on now is pretty tough. Was wondering about some other projects that others here have worked on that were ultimately successful?
This project I am working on involves taking a C# library running on one server type machine, and interfacing it with the Micros ISLs for the Micros POS. It communicates with the C# server library using WCF (which I had not used before). Of course, Micros uses native DLLs so I had to write C++/CLI wrappers for everything else too. In addition, this C# library I wrote has to load an embedded system and put the Micros sales into our web server.
It is going to work, as I prototyped it a while ago, but now I am deep in the muck of implementation.....
I will get quite a bit of personal satisfaction when this project is working, especially since my company has paid for 2 different implementations of POS software that ultimately did not work and cost a small fortune.
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