Hi Mike,....One is that I could use it to upgrade my Windows 2000 install, and not have to do the whole setup all over again - device drivers not withstanding. And, failing that, I could upgrade the XP 64-bit in the future to Vista 64-bit when it became viable (five years from now?). My understanding is that OEM versions will not upgrade existing operating systems and they in turn are not upgradeable. So maybe an OEM version can be bought for $100 or so, but when it's time to upgrade, if the hardware is still acceptable, then it's install from scratch. I can do that well enough, but it's at best a frustrating experience that I don't williingly embrace...
I hope this helps.If you are currently using Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP Professional x64, you are eligible for an upgrade copy to a corresponding or better edition of Windows Vista, but a clean install is required.
"When I was young" <grins>, I did not mind spending days and weeks tweaking systems (talk about times where motherboards still had to be configured with jumpers), now that I am old (LOL) I hate that ****.I think George has it right in that we aren't really given a lot of choices in our salami which is one of the reasons I prefer to cook my own as much as possible.
But you/us want the fillet steak at the peanut price. ;-)feed us peanuts when we want a filet steak.
All that makes my head hurt! Just kidding... but VMWare is intriguing. I've heard of it for years, but never looked into it. My approach is to do frequent backups with Acronis True Image. The bootable Linux CD is a life-saver sometimes because fiddling/experimentation sometimes results in getting things really screwed up. It's also sometimes the cleanest way to get rid of poorly written or beta software.
I think George has it right in that we aren't really given a lot of choices in our salami which is one of the reasons I prefer to cook my own as much as possible.
Are you sure? <smile>Although I understand perfectly well where Georg and you are coming from ....
Two days ago on the irish news it was announced with a "great astonishement" that Intel cuts Jobs in Ireland due to the bad results in Flash memory, yeah right....IDG News Service
Intel is also in the final stages of a corporate reorganization that included the layoffs of thousands of workers in 2006, and at least 1,800 more layoffs planned for August. The company incurred restructuring charges of $82 million during the most recent quarter as it continued to adjust to the changes, Intel said on Tuesday
Of course, overall revenue growth is down from 6.7 to something like 2.5 or so (Gartner Group) compared to 2006, but those who really believe the tenor that this is due to a war between Intel and AMD did miss their wake up call.Those flash memory results helped to push Intel's gross margin down to 46.9 percent for the quarter, lower than the company's goal of 48 percent, Intel CFO Andy Bryant said during the call.
Bryant predicted the company would quickly rebound in the third quarter, forecasting a gross margin of 52 percent and revenue between $9.0 billion and $9.6 billion. If Intel met the top end of that goal, it would match the Wall Street estimate of $9.36 billion and would beat its own revenue mark of $8.74 billion for the third quarter last year.