Saturday, Mar 11, 2006, 2:15 AM in The Spout
My $366 Vista PC
This morning, I read about a $159 computer from a review on the PC Magazine site:
I called my local Fry's, and while they were no longer have the $159 sale (apparently "quantities are limited"), they would be willing to sell me one for $171. While I was there, I got a 1GB memory upgrade and a 256MB ATI graphics card. Here's the equipment I went home with:
- Fry's Genuine Quality 3131 PC: $170.99
- 1.67GHz CPU
- 128MB of RAM
- 40GB HD
- 10/100 integrated Ethernet
- 56KB modem card
- 52X CD-ROM
- Stereo speakers
- Keyboard + Mouse (including roller ball)
- ATI Radeon 9550, AGP 8x/4x, 256MB DDR RAM: $94.99
- 1GB RAM SIMM(for a total of 1.1GB of RAM): $99.99
I then added an LCD panel and a DVD drive I had laying around. Total cost $365.97.
When I got the PC, it came pre-installed with Lindows, the Linux distro meant to look and act like Windows. And I gotta say, it wasn't too bad. Then, because they ship a free CD that runs directly w/o an install, I plugged in Ubuntu, another popular client-side Linux distro which was also surprisingly easy to use. Neither was as familiar as Windows XP, of course, but they were both a lot easier to use then the last time I ran Linux.
At 12:04am, I started the Vista Feb '06 CTP installation. At 12:44am, I was running Vista, it having recognized all of hardware (except the sound device) from my $366 PC, including enabling those cool "glass" effects and the nifty animations, integrated search and all the neat things you've read about in the Vista reviews.
I know I work for "the man," but even so, I'm seriously impressed. The install was fast and seamless. The performance is way better than I thought it would be. And the little UI tricks are fabulous. I can't do any media stuff 'cuz my audio device wasn't recognized, but it was cool when I tried to play video and a DVD, that the Vista Media Center UI came up (my complete home entertainment needs are served with a coupla TVs, a Media Center PC and an XBox).
I know, I know, I got the OS for free, but come on! It's still beta and it runs great on my cheapo PC! I don't know what Vista's going to go for, but I bet the whole she-bang (including LCD panel and DVD drive) could be had for ~$500 when Vista ships. Plus, I've only been playing with it for about an hour, but I already don't want to go back to my XP boxes...
P.S. This post was composed and posted from "visto," my new Vista PC.
Basically, running Vista on a cheap config like this will only be for show purposes, there's nothing serious you can do (unless the final Vista cuts on the resource usage side of course).
Saturday, Mar 11, 2006, 3:05 AM
Saturday, Mar 11, 2006, 7:30 AM
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Sunday, Mar 12, 2006, 12:12 AM
Anyone want to buy a laptop?
Sunday, Mar 12, 2006, 9:18 AM
Sunday, Mar 12, 2006, 8:36 PM
First, XGL was started in 2004 - not a 5 months ago.
Second, there are no 10,000 highly paid MS developers to create DWM - i don't know the exact number but it must be under 50 and not all of them are highly paid. The others (of the "10.000") was working on the new kernel, Network stack, Audio stack, IE7, Office, XBOX, etc, etc, etc.
The solid codebase is the same "spaghetti" because every OS is so huge.
I think the "Windows is a patched monster" sentence is a myth.
Sunday, Mar 12, 2006, 11:44 PM
Monday, Mar 13, 2006, 2:30 AM
Monday, Mar 13, 2006, 7:02 AM
Your numbers are so out of touch it's not even funny. Vista will probably cost around $30-50 for OEM's, and around $80-100 if you build your own machine for the over-the-shelf (i.e. no volume discount and the shop adds a margin) version. Furthermore, comparing software cost to hardware is ludicrous. Good software has always been more expensive than the hardware it runs on (think high end products like 3D Studio MAX). Software costs significantly more to develop than hardware, even though the manufacturing of software is relatively cheap. Software is the reason you have any sort of hardware in the first place.
I will have to agree with you on one point though, I do agree that Vista leaves a lot to be desired considering the time in which it was released. It would be a much more interesting OS had it been released in early 2000-2001. However, from a developer perspective, MS is still way ahead with WCF, WPF, WWF, etc.
Monday, Mar 13, 2006, 11:20 AM
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Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006, 8:00 AM
Dont forget no matter how bad it is, at least is not a MAC.
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