Cnet investigated some computer wise tales, myths, conventional wisdom, or whatever else you want to call it. The one I take the most issue with is the 15-second rule. They asked Geek Squad, and, as a long, long-ago Best Bait-n-Switch employee, the answer they gave to the 15-second rule is, well, what I would expect.
An old idea hit me again recently: Why can’t you use the memory that’s sitting unused on your video card (unless you’re playing Doom) as a ramdisk? It turns out you can, just not if you’re using Windows. Some Linux people have been doing <a href="http://hedera.linuxnews.pl/_news/2002/09/03/_long/1445.html">it</a> for two years.<p>
I just took a phone call from someone who bought an LCD flat-panel and couldn’t figure out why it looked so great in the store but was purely horrible on his PC at home.
He ran into a bunch of problems that some might instinctively avoid but to others would be much less than obvious.
I’ve been getting lots of traffic ever since we started talking about the Sotec 3120x laptop here last week. It looks like an era of inexpensive laptops is about to arrive, because the Sotec isn’t your only choice.
Vintage workstations. I’ve read two articles this past week about running Linux or another free Unix on vintage hardware.