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  1. 1. Interactive_Website_Design : Part IRetro Computer CPU Alphabet SoupIt may seem to some vintage computer newcomers that the plethora of numbers in thedesignation of early pc CPU and model types is just too confusing. After all isnt Pentium,Pentium III and IV self explanatory? After all what do the numbers and terms 8088, 8086,286, 286 and 486 represent anyway and what is the difference among them all?To begin with the 8088 is the oldest of the early PC central Processing Unit (CPU) variantmodels. which means a rectangular case with two rows of 20 pins. DIP stands for Dual In-Line Package. Older 80800 CPUs are called 8088-2. As they can only run at lower speeds(believe it not 5 MHz or slower compared to a now 4000 MHz computer). The faster models the Turbo PC/XT clones ran at faster rates of 6.6, 7.16 or even 8.0 MHz. IBM function withthe PC was so shut the market down to protect their lucrative central core of their business-mainframe computers. You can imagine upper brass at IBM was not too thrilled at thecompetitive upkill from Clone manufacturers such as Compaq or later Dell. By the way the8088 had the equivalent of approximately 27,000 transistors.Next in line along the route of vintage computer evolution was the 80286 chip. Designed byIntel in 1981 its package is a square of plastic called a PGA which stood not forprofessional golf association but rather Pin Grid Array Package. The 286 Vintage ComputerCPU also came in a cheaper version (the Celeron of its time) called the PLCC or PlasticLeaderless Chip Carrier. The PGA Package had an inner and outer square of solid pinswhereas the PLCC arranges thin tinfoil- like legs around its perimeter. The 286 packed awallop of more power that the 8088 did. The 80286 is the equivalent of about 130,000transistors in the actual similar volume of the 8088s 29,000 transistors. Not unexpectedlysimilar to the heat production problem of todays Pentium type computers extra coolingrequirement is needed. We are left today in our modern computers with the benefits of theforesight of the electronic engineers of the day with the inventions of various types of heatsinks. Heat sinks one way or another are in effect radiators to dispel heat in a similar meansand manner to you might have in your car. Small metal caps were first developed or metalcooling fins were added on top of the CPU chip to better dissipate the heat especially inboth higher end products, CPUs in intensive work situations and CPU operating in severehot climates or in hot workplace settings. It must be appreciated that it was always thehigher or leading edge products that were under the most pressure and scrutiny both as forthe heat they produce, their performance work and environmental pressures and forcustomer expectations of reliability and performance for these most expensive flagshipproducts of the computer industry of its day.Lastly came the 386 chipset which is the direct predecessor of our modern Pentiums.The chip is properly called the 80386 by the still leading chip manufacture Intel. Introducedin 1985, the 80386 comes in a PGA package and is the equivalent of about 250,000transistors. The 386 variants a wealth of programming features including the core vitalability to multitask DOS programs with the help of hyerpervisor programs like DesqView /386 or VRM/386. Its 32 bit data path speeds data access. Interestingly it took later
  2. 2. hardware in the next 486 era chips to fully take broad scale advantage of these built ininnovations.Interestingly enough similar to the Intel Celeron marketing example there was also adownsized less costly and powerful example sporting a similar moniker called the 386SX.You have to remember this was pre internet when computer purchasers were much more atthe mercy of both computer marketers and high pressure salespeople and were more easilyfooled by similar marketing terms and descriptions. The 386SX was identical except to thereal 386 version the 386DX except for the vital fact that it had a 16 bit data path which itwas said allowed it be more easily incorporated into earlier and less costly AT type 286 16bit computer hardware.The more things change the more they stay the same.Hiring a web designer to come up with the custom solution that you need can set you backa few thousand bucks. But you can do the whole thing yourself and make it drag and dropsimple for mere pennies with a tool like Breezy Websites. See http://breezywebsites.comfor details!INTERACTIVE_WEBSITE_DESIGN : End of Part IInteractive_Website_Design : Part IIReview Of HP, Sony, And Compaq LaptopsSo do you prefer to call them laptops or do you prefer to call them notebooks. I am partial tonotebooks as I never keep them on top of my lap. Jokes apart, purchasing a new notebookcomputer is really tough.If you were to read the ads then each computer sounds better than the cats whiskers. Butwhen you look close, they all look similar. At least the similarly priced ones tend to besimilar. So, is there really a difference between one laptop and another? Or should I sayone notebook and another?To answer this very question, I am going to look at three popular computers that arecurrently on sale and compare them. The read can then take this to be the starting pointand evaluate many other options to find the one that works best for them.First of all, let us consider the HP Pavilion DV6426US, a machine that I powered by the IntelCore Duo Processor T2450. This multithreaded architecture based micro processor is welloptimized for multi-tasking based performance. The fact that this notebook comes installed
  3. 3. with 1 GB RAM should help run many of the contemporary popular applications at a goodspeed. It has a 160 GB Hard Drive which is nothing spectacular, but should do the trick inmost cases. And the bundled operating system is the Microsoft Vista Premium. And I reallylike notebooks that come with an integrated WebCam. This HP laptop sure has one ofthose. In the absence of such a webcam, attempting Video IM becomes a serious pain.Second let us consider the Sony VAIO VGN-FZ140E/B. This laptop too is powered by a DuoProcessor, in this case the Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7100. It beats the HP one in termsof RAM, as it comes with 2 GB RAM. Its hard disk is bigger at 200 GB. So, if Freud wasright and size does matter then, well, this one has the bigger Hard Drive. The duo-coremultithreading micro processor will deliver performance similar to the HP machine. Thislaptop comes with Microsoft Vista Home Premium.Finally let us look at the Compaq Presario F572US. Like both the previous machines, thisone too has a 15.4" screen. Though it has a dual-core micro processor, the Compaq usesthe AMD Athlon 64 Processor TK-53 and not an Intel based processor like the other two Iwrote about. Also it has 1 GB RAM like the HP machine. Where I think it scores lower is inits hard disk capacity, a mere 80 GB. It also comes with the Microsoft Vista Premium.All in all, the machines have pros and cons. I have not listed prices here, as they wouldchange faster than I could type them out. But, make sure to look at the prices too.Hiring a web designer to come up with the custom solution that you need can set you backa few thousand bucks. But you can do the whole thing yourself and make it drag and dropsimple for mere pennies with a tool like Breezy Websites. See http://breezywebsites.comfor details!INTERACTIVE_WEBSITE_DESIGN : End of Part IIInteractive_Website_Design : Part IIIReview Of HP, Sony, And Compaq LaptopsSo do you prefer to call them laptops or do you prefer to call them notebooks. I am partial tonotebooks as I never keep them on top of my lap. Jokes apart, purchasing a new notebookcomputer is really tough.If you were to read the ads then each computer sounds better than the cats whiskers. Butwhen you look close, they all look similar. At least the similarly priced ones tend to besimilar. So, is there really a difference between one laptop and another? Or should I sayone notebook and another?
  4. 4. To answer this very question, I am going to look at three popular computers that arecurrently on sale and compare them. The read can then take this to be the starting pointand evaluate many other options to find the one that works best for them.First of all, let us consider the HP Pavilion DV6426US, a machine that I powered by the IntelCore Duo Processor T2450. This multithreaded architecture based micro processor is welloptimized for multi-tasking based performance. The fact that this notebook comes installedwith 1 GB RAM should help run many of the contemporary popular applications at a goodspeed. It has a 160 GB Hard Drive which is nothing spectacular, but should do the trick inmost cases. And the bundled operating system is the Microsoft Vista Premium. And I reallylike notebooks that come with an integrated WebCam. This HP laptop sure has one ofthose. In the absence of such a webcam, attempting Video IM becomes a serious pain.Second let us consider the Sony VAIO VGN-FZ140E/B. This laptop too is powered by a DuoProcessor, in this case the Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7100. It beats the HP one in termsof RAM, as it comes with 2 GB RAM. Its hard disk is bigger at 200 GB. So, if Freud wasright and size does matter then, well, this one has the bigger Hard Drive. The duo-coremultithreading micro processor will deliver performance similar to the HP machine. Thislaptop comes with Microsoft Vista Home Premium.Finally let us look at the Compaq Presario F572US. Like both the previous machines, thisone too has a 15.4" screen. Though it has a dual-core micro processor, the Compaq usesthe AMD Athlon 64 Processor TK-53 and not an Intel based processor like the other two Iwrote about. Also it has 1 GB RAM like the HP machine. Where I think it scores lower is inits hard disk capacity, a mere 80 GB. It also comes with the Microsoft Vista Premium.All in all, the machines have pros and cons. I have not listed prices here, as they wouldchange faster than I could type them out. But, make sure to look at the prices too.Hiring a web designer to come up with the custom solution that you need can set you backa few thousand bucks. But you can do the whole thing yourself and make it drag and dropsimple for mere pennies with a tool like Breezy Websites. See http://breezywebsites.comfor details!INTERACTIVE_WEBSITE_DESIGN : End of Part III

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