blivet 4/16/2000 What does your heart tell you?

What does your heart tell you?

23:15 -0700 GMT

Lots of folks (NY Times is perhaps the most prominent) are wondering if tomorrow will be a repeat of 1987’s ‘Black Monday’, when the collective of investors decided that the bull market was over and sold. It doesn’t have to be, but the adrenaline-soaked, compulsive gambler behavior of the investment community probably dooms it. Thats sad really, because its just an attitude – is the glass half empty or half full? The glass hasn’t changed at all. What makes the flag wave Master? Your mind. Or to update it for popular culture: There is no spoon.

10:10 -0700 GMT

We’re in a big quandary at the blivet hacienda. My wife really needs to be able to run some PC specific software (GIS and Remote Sensing) and the aging Packard-Bell we got as a hand me down from her parents just isn’t getting the job done. Not enough RAM (32), not enough processor (P-90), not enough monitor (14″), not enough video (16 bit), not enough hard disk (?), not enough OS (Win 3.1!). She needs to run ARCView and IDRISI, which don’t have Mac versions anymore. So the real quandary is, do we get a PC clone or put Virtual PC on the Graphite iMac DV SE and hope for compatibility. The iMac has 128 megs of RAM, a 13 Gig hard drive, and a 400 MHz G3 which as I understand it, would emulate a low end P-II. But all those lingering issues about compatibility rear their heads. Art Busby (Mac geosciences software list, Vert. Paleo. & Computer Applications in the Earth Sciences) and I exchanged emails and his experience is positive using VPC on the lab G3s at TCU. So, what to do, what to do. My thoughts are if get a machine that would run these programs well (fast P-III, 256 Megs of ram, Win2000, 50+ Gig hd, 19″ or bigger monitor, ZIP, NIC card, …) we’re looking at some coin. And if we go for cheaper, it won’t have the cahoñes to rock and roll in real time any better than the emulation. Besides, if a beige box is destined to come live here, I’d rather it ran Linux thankyouverymuch. Hmm, I may have reasoned myself toward VPC. Anybody have any thoughts or experiences on this? By all means feel free to drop me an email.

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Hal

I am the non-admin personality of blivet tool & die I have been academically trained as a professional archaeologist (MA, RPA) and now live in Arvada, CO. Father, husband, scientist, geek of several trades, and high-functioning Autistic adult. Future planetary expatriate?