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osOpinion: The Warped Perspective: September 2000

Sep 21, 2000, 07:21 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Nadeau)

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"One federal report claims that the percentage of U.S. power consumed by PCs has risen from 1% in 1992 to 13% in 1999. During this period, PC usage rose from approximately 25% to 50% in U.S. homes. Also, CPU power rose significantly. The real question here is just why did the overall power consumption rise by a factor of 13 while the usage roughly doubled. And that brings us to the crux of the matter: there is a subtle yet pervasive belief among programmers that memory, processor, and storage space are unlimited resources which have zero physical cost...."

"While Microsoft's monopoly makes this situation even worse -- as superior, efficient solutions like OS/2 Warp and Linux continue to occupy a "marginalized" position -- the situation on the server is even more grave. Unlike home PCs and cheap office units, which are intended for limited loads, and unlike the more-efficient portable units, which are driven by the needs of lightness and long battery life, it is network servers that seem most of all to have a "blank check" to consume gargantuan amounts of electricity. Worst of all, Microsoft's Neanderthal networking architecture leads to the use of "server farms," or banks of dozens or even hundreds of PCs that could easily be replaced by a half-dozen OS/2 or Linux boxes, or maybe just a dozen Novell units...."

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