Oh come ON! Tell me that deep down you are just dying for (and we ALL know it was John) this to be elaborated on, perhaps even with a shot or two of Bob participating...hell maybe David could even wear that PVC minskirt I was hinting he had stashed away in his closet...
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I have a PIII 664 MHz, 256 RAM, 20gig HD and a 19" monitor. For my line of work (Web dev (ASP.NET), web design and word processing (specs)) it is quite ample. It runs Windows XP and any .NET stuff perfectly fine.
Another monitor would be useful and some more RAM for when I get mammoth Photoshop designs, but otherwise for code editing and compiling in VS.NET it all chugs along smoothly.
Half Life during lunch-time LAN games also works very well.
And yes I have tried XP on some P4s and yes it is faster but only marginally so, nothing fantastic.
Frankly the only new gadgets and hardware I want are for my camera
At work I have: dual P4 2.8GHz, 512MB RAM, 80GB HDD, dual 21inch monitors, nVidia Quadro4.
+ P3 700Mhz, 512MB RAM, 20 GB HDD, GeForce2GTS, 19inch monitor
At home: P4 2.53GHz, 512MB RAM, 80GB HDD, 19inch monitor, ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
+ P2 450Mhz, 512 MB RAM, 40 + 13 GB HDD, GeForce2, 17inch montor
All these machines are really nice to have when you're developing, debugging, testing, etc.
But one has to be very careful not to let the minimum system specs for the enduser of your apps, rush
to extreme heights!
But then again... nothing beats having the best tools available for your job
KarstenK wrote: Read the question -> What would you buy?
I know, I made a mistake, misread the question.
KarstenK wrote: Your absolut correct that your machine is enough but what if you go shopping for a brand new computer for the next years?
Then I will get the best price, basically any computer on sale now (you cannot get anything below a PIII 1.4 gig nowdays) will be capable for a good few years. So it is pointless buying a P4 2.8 gig monster with a huge markup because it is brand new.
Christian Graus wrote: I agree, but dual monitors are an ergonomic nightmare. I'm back to one, a 19".
I do not need two cpu's but I always want 2 seperate PC's.
I am using 2 computers for all testing purpose and remote debugging. I do not feel that this is an ergonomic nitghtmare. My desk is formed like an L and the both monitors are near to the edge.
Nothing can crash and influence my test szenario. Also I am able to test every OS, by switching it via Norton Ghost.
Martin Richter wrote: My desk is formed like an L and the both monitors are near to the edge.
How high they are is more important. If you physically more from one monitor/keyboard to the other, that is different to sharing two monitors at the same time. There is no ergonomic way to set up two monitors for dual use, it simply is not possible.
No offense, but I don't really want to encourage the creation of another VB developer.
- Larry Antram 22 Oct 2002
C# will attract all comers, where VB is for IT Journalists and managers - Michael
P Butler 05-12-2002
Again, you can screw up a C/C++ program just as easily as a VB program. OK, maybe not
as easily, but it's certainly doable. - Jamie Nordmeyer - 15-Nov-2002
Agreed - whilst I've not tried it for long since I simply don't have space for two monitors, I found it difficult to work with having used a single monitor for so long. I'm happy enough with my laptop, and if I get down to some serious work, I plug in an external 17" flat panel, keyboard and mouse and away we go .
Michael, I Agree with you, I need the same, but in my country the Pc are very Expensive..... For example, In this country, the machines wiht 1 Ghz are a news. When I need to buy Hardware, I buy it in The States, from my country, is the only way to buy new hard...
I totally agree with you about the dual processor stuff
Michael Dunn wrote: Dual monitors also make it so much easier to debug UI stuff, as you can have VC on one monitor and your app on the other.
I dont have enough space for dual monitors on my desk
But when debugging things like GUI where a dual monitor system would be nice, I use remote debugging against my plaptop (which I can fit on the desk ) it's just as good as debugging on a dual monitor system.