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Post by Tom » Wed Jun 08, 2005 2:06 pm

I just bought my first computer.
Yes...I really am that far behind

To be honest I really did not feel like I needed one, and didn't ever miss having one. But I do need one for work.....so I got this really expensive and pretty cool looking G5.

Course I only know about 1/80 of what it can do and what I should be doing with it...but that will come with time.

In the meantime I'll just keep viewing porn on the 23" flat HD cinema display.
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Post by Sloth » Wed Jun 08, 2005 10:45 pm

Steve Jobs just announced that future Macs will now run on x86. A lot of people predict the death of Linux. This makes me laugh. Linux already runs on every processor out there and is gaining on everyone. When open source rules the world the only people who will be able to make a living will be those who actually understand what is happening.

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Post by Sloth » Wed Jun 08, 2005 10:48 pm

For those who don't understand open source the best metaphor is the car you own. Imagine if the maker said it was illegal to open the hood. That would be Microsoft.

it's like George Bush saying, "Trust me on this one," and everyone saying "Okay I will. I don't want to understand what is happening anyway."

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Post by bfj » Thu Jun 09, 2005 1:04 am

what the hell is x86? some new mac platform? tell me more linus!

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Post by Sloth » Thu Jun 09, 2005 11:01 am

x86 is the line of processors originally developed by Intel that run 95% of all computers in the world today.

The architecture is called x86 because the earliest processors in this family were identified only by numbers ending in the sequence "86": the 8086, the 80186, the 80286, the 386, and the 486. Because one cannot trademark numbers, Intel and most of its competitors began to use trademarkable names such as Pentium for subsequent generations of processors, but the earlier naming scheme has stuck as a term for the entire family. The extended version of the x86 architecture introduced with the 386 is called x86-32 or IA-32, an abbreviation for Intel Architecture, 32-bit.

As of 2002, the x86 architecture began to reach some design limits due to the 32-bit character length. This makes it more difficult to handle massive information stores larger than 4 GB, such as those found in databases or video editing. Thus x86-64 processors are now being sold with the latest and greatest new systems.

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Post by mccutcheon » Thu Jun 09, 2005 12:39 pm

now back to something people give a shit about.

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uh...

Post by Tom » Thu Jun 09, 2005 2:52 pm

this is why I never bought a computer before.

I know nothing about all that...except I used to have a commodore 64 and typed things like

10 print hello
20 goto 10

run

Now I have a dual processor 64 bit computer with 4 gig of memory and I have no ideal what all that means.

Hell...I bet Tetris runs REALLY fast on this thing.
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Post by Maverick » Thu Jun 09, 2005 6:38 pm

It means you can edit music and video, but first you'd have to learn what some of that shit means...not much, but some.

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Post by Tom » Thu Jun 09, 2005 11:11 pm

yeah..that's why I bought it. I just have to get myself trained in all this. I am going to get ProTools and some video editing software....
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Post by bfj » Fri Jun 10, 2005 3:00 am

oh right, all the old macs, before the G3,4,5 were called #86. So they've been using 86's the whole time but just changed the name and brought their company back from the depths of dell, i mean hell?

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Post by Maverick » Fri Jun 10, 2005 7:21 pm

That computer probably came with IMovie...it's a good simple video editing program to learn the concepts or if you don't already know them, but if you want to go deeper, get Final Cut Pro...although that is pretty damn expensive.

I've been wanting one of those since they first came out. They're fast as hell.

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