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Deepak Bala
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I can still remember the time i said "Woooowwww this computer has a speed of 200 Mhz !!" Today people dont notice the difference between a 3.2 Gig and a 3.4 Gig processor. One GB of RAM will soon become the standard. I wonder where it will go from here.

Do you think we will end up putting many processors into a single motherboard with a lot of RAM ? Will the RAM become sufficiently bigger and faster to actually host the entire OS and replace the hard disk ? You know... I am talking about non volatile RAM where you could just flip the monitor on and your OS would have already booted up and files are stored in this RAM.

Reminds me of the new type of magnetic ram thing people are talking about. I think its called MRAM or GRAM or something like that. What are your thoughts ?


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Well, I keep thinking about an evil monkey living in my closet.

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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Originally posted by Mark Spritzler:
Well, I keep thinking about an evil monkey living in my closet.


Dammit, Mark, that was supposed to be a surprise for your birthday!

Anyway, I've been hearing about this new kind of RAM is specifically designed to store wisdom and philosophical tracts. It has infinite capacity but the drawback it that the CPU has to physically travel there to get the information, and sometimes the journey can be arduous. I think it was invented in India. It's apparently called ASHRAM.
[ September 24, 2006: Message edited by: Ernest Friedman-Hill ]

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Deepak Bala
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It's apparently called ASHRAM.



Buwahahahaha !!! that craked me up.
Devesh H Rao
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Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:

I think it was invented in India. It's apparently called ASHRAM.

[ September 24, 2006: Message edited by: Ernest Friedman-Hill ]




So Ernest (If, I can call you that), you ever been to one before...?

Reminds me of the new type of magnetic ram thing people are talking about. I think its called MRAM or GRAM or something like that. What are your thoughts ?


I had read about microscopic magnetic dots used to store 1/0 during my college days.. is this something on the same line ?


PS: Of topic a bit, but as I wrote the sentance addressing Ernest , I remembered in the west the way a person is addressed is taken very seriously. I as an traveller sometimes need to be sure of the way, I am addressing a person in mail or in verbal communication and the best bet is to stick to Mr/Mrs/Ms "Last Name" till the person asks you to call him/her by their first name and then only do I start calling them by the first name. So I thought a while and got confused between Mr Friedman and Mr Hill and settled on Ernest . Is it the norm everywhere ?
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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Originally posted by Devesh H Rao:

So Ernest (If, I can call you that), you ever been to one before...?


Sadly, no. India is on my list of places to travel to someday, but I haven't made it there yet.

You may definitely call be by my first name, because we are all friends here at the Ranch. Most people in the U.S. are fairly informal and most of the time it's OK to address people by their first names. There are a number of important exceptions, though: when you start a new job, you should generally call your boss "Mr. Smith" until he tells you to do otherwise. Medical doctors want to be called "Dr. Smith," and college professors want to hear "Professor Smith."
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Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:



You may definitely call be by my first name, because we are all friends here at the Ranch. Most people in the U.S. are fairly informal and most of the time it's OK to address people by their first names



It was more of an afterthought, I wrote the sentance and normally it's ok but I kind of remembered an incident in London where I had replied to a gentleman's mail and had inadverantly used the first name to address him, in the reply I got the information I wanted but the person ended it with by the way I am Mr "Last Name" .
Then a few days later the same person walked upto me and asked me what the hell was the last name of one of my collegues who was named Jothi Laxminarayan, he just couldn't figure out what to do and I knew it was not stiff of him to insist of last names but rather a need for it for professional reasons.
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Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:


Sadly, no. India is on my list of places to travel to someday, but I haven't made it there yet.

You may definitely call be by my first name, because we are all friends here at the Ranch. Most people in the U.S. are fairly informal and most of the time it's OK to address people by their first names. There are a number of important exceptions, though: when you start a new job, you should generally call your boss "Mr. Smith" until he tells you to do otherwise. Medical doctors want to be called "Dr. Smith," and college professors want to hear "Professor Smith."


Technically, aren't you Dr. Ernest Friedman-Hill?


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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Originally posted by Gregg Bolinger:


Technically, aren't you Dr. Ernest Friedman-Hill?


Yeah, but I mostly only use that to get good service in restaurants
Devesh H Rao
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Originally posted by Gregg Bolinger:


Technically, aren't you Dr. Ernest Friedman-Hill?


I knew it somehow, somewhere I stepped on a mine or else why would the thought come to me just when it happened to be our local doctor while I address a lot of folks in MD and JR in general by their first name.....
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Man I thought this was about Web 2.0 and how you all want to hire me as a consultant on your project! hehhehehe

Yes the world has changed! Oh the storys I have heard about having to use punch cards. LOL....Think my first computer had more memory than most EFH could dream about in the stone age!

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Originally posted by Eric Pascarello:
Man I thought this was about Web 2.0 and how you all want to hire me as a consultant on your project! hehhehehe
Eric


Hmm, so how does that go?

"Use big round buttons. Add some Ajax. Throw in some fade effects. Add some Ajax. Use lots of pastel colors. Add some Ajax. That will be $35,459 please. Thank you and come again. Oh yea, don't forget to add some Ajax"

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Originally posted by Eric Pascarello:
Man I thought this was about Web 2.0 and how you all want to hire me as a consultant on your project! c


I do, I just can't afford you!
Eric Pascarello
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I do work for beer!

I am doing a talk out next week in California and my talk is has ever single thing Greeg mentioned in it! I did it to make fun of Web 2.0! Rounded corners, reflective logs, pastels, Digg, tagging, etc!

Eric
Jeroen T Wenting
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Originally posted by Eric Pascarello:
I do work for beer!

Eric


Yes, but I don't own a brewery so I can't keep up your needed supply


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Eric Pascarello
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I also forgot to mention if I do work for beer, I code while drinking that beer!

I also work for candy bars, cars, flat screen tvs, and so on!

LOL

Oh and Yes, I still think my computer just became outdated since I first posted my first topic on this thread!

Eric
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I've heard some talk of computers using lasers, internally, as opposed to wire in 5 to 10 years.


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heard that same story (with the same timeframe) over 10 years ago
 
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