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So, what computer hardware are you guys/gals running to let your creativity/technical skills go wild?

I have a Dell M70 laptop, 2.0ghz centrino with 2gb ram, used to run ESRI products.... :)

and a Apple PowerMac, dual G5 2.5ghz, 2gb ram and dual 17" Apple displays... to do most of the graphics.... B)

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I use a Dell Dimension 8800 3.2 Ghz Pentium/1 GB RAM for all tasks. I also have a Dell Dimension 4400 1.2 GHz/768 MB RAM machine as a file/backup server.

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Started my own business about 8 months ago, with almost no budget, so I'm still working on my old pc. Brandless box, 2 Ghz P4 processor with 1 Gb of Ram. It does the job.

Got a laptop 2 weeks ago. Acer Aspire with a 2 Ghz Pentium M processor and 512 Mb of Ram. It's not really a speed monster, but the fact that I have an extra machine at my disposal does help me out a lot.

Now all I need is a wireless network and some sun and then I'll be able to do my work out on the balcony B)
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Dual Xeon 3.4 GHz
2GB RAM @ 200Mhz
Quadro 980 Graphic card
Dual 22" CRT displays (2×1600×1200)

and always short of hardisk space :D

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PowerMac Dual 2.5 Ghz G-5
1.5 GB RAM
Dual Screen 22" & 19" Both @ 1600x1200
160 GB HD

with 10 Cartographers we range from dual 1.42 G-4s to the 2.5 G-5, everyone has dual monitors.
We run our own Department server for filesharing and running backups, Mac OS Server 10.3 on a Dual 1.42 G-4, and a random assortment of scanner stations and others.

We have an additional lone PC for running AutoCad, ArcView, and a few other PC specific apps its an IBM Intellistation generic IT dept. supplied 2.7 ghz with 512 KB RAM.

We are set-up as a Mac only desktop pubishing type operation. End product for virtually all projects is a printed paper map.
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Dell Demension 8400
3.4 ghz P4
1 gb RAM
Radeon x300 pci express
dual 19" CRTs each at 1024x768

some large raster work (500mb+) gets pretty slow. wouldn't mind bumping up to 2 gb of ram, which right now is actually pretty cheap to do in the USA, but gotta spread the resources around the office too....

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AMD 1.8Ghz
2 Gb RAM
Dual Monitors
Wireless Network + 15" 512Gb MAC Powerbook
NVIDIA GeForce
3 internal Hard drives 40GB (apps) and 80Gb/250Gb (Scratch)
2 Networked Long Term Storage/Backup drives 80Gb/250Gb
Ipaq PDA for field mapping with Thales Mobile Mapper GPS and Garmin Etrex Summit GPS.
Epson 1280 Color Inkjet
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HP Laserjet 1200 B/W

Waiting for 64Bit AMD chips and Microsoft OS to be proven to upgrade Chip and board....Manifold 6.5 should be able to take advanatage of 64bit technology to a certain extent....

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well...i still dont have a stablished shop, but heres my weapon:

core 2 duo 2.4ghz
2gb ram
256mb video card
250gb hd
19" monitor, working out to get second 19" monitor (in brasil stuff are expensive)

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Ok, this seems like a 'what are the toys you have' question.

As most of us know... it is not what you have that counts but what you DO with what you have. ;)

-Dell Inspriron 6400 dual core Intel 1.66 GHz, 2 GIG ram memory and a 60 GIG drive.
-4 external Iomega drives (500, 500, 340 and 60 GIGS). (I have lots of old job archives and Canadian data ... we have a big country).
-An HP a1330n Desktop with AMD Athlon 2.39 GHz with 1 GIG ram and 250 GIG drive (needed because it has a parallel port for those old software keys).
-17 inch HP LCD monitor (with build in speakers .... have enough stuff around the desk).
-A Garmin GPSmap76Cx. for all my field work (I rent the expensive field GIS GPS only when I need it).

-Printing... an HP500 42" DesignJet and an HP Office jet pro K550.

-Software... that should be in a another thread...

My ultimate goal is to have my entire office running solely on one laptop (so I can work more often a the public library or anywhere for that matter). So a 17" DELL laptop is next... and a cell phone (still don't have one).

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Yellow HB pencil... down to a stub... need a new one
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Yellow HB pencil... down to a stub... need a new one


As Jaques said "it is not what you have that counts but what you DO with what you have"

:D

lots of advantages:
works anywhere
powered by bio-fuel
eco-friendly
lightweight
waterproof
spillproof
etc.
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Yellow HB pencil... down to a stub... need a new one


I have a few of those, as well as some other "retired" weaponry, waiting for that time when some bizarre sunspot activity suddenly erases all hard disks on the planet:

Leroy set
K&E Paragon Red Tip Ruling pen (also contour pen, railroad pen, and drop compass)
Roto Instruments scriber (and many scribe points)
Waxing machine for waxing stripping film type
Paasche AB airbrush (the paints and inks are probably in pretty miserable condition by now)
Electric eraser (useful for detailed highlights on airbrushed relief!)
Hilger & Watts No 2 microptic theodolite (still use this for volunteer ground survey)

etc etc

Oh, and a couple of Macs and a PC....

:rolleyes:

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ots of advantages:
works anywhere
powered by bio-fuel
eco-friendly
lightweight
waterproof
spillproof
etc.


One disadvantage: ... You dont chew up a computer beyond recognition... (though sometimes I wish I could!)
Jean-Louis Rheault
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One disadvantage: ... You dont chew up a computer beyond recognition... (though sometimes I wish I could!)


Why Jean-Louis? When they do a perfectly good job of chewing themselves up often enough!

:angry:
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Work (spoilt at)
  • P4 Quad Core 2.4 with 4GB
  • XP (was 64 but reinstalled back to 32 after tooooo many problems—shame about all that ram now but at least I know I have as much as is useful)
  • Dual 21" CRTs
  • 80 gig C:
  • 250 gig d:
  • + 20 TB of network drives which I whish were better structured :(
  • Large Format - two Espon 10600 on a colorgate rip and a HP5000PS
  • A3 scanning and printing - Xerox Doucucolor 1256
Home (held back at)
  • P4 2.8 with 1GB
  • XP Pro
  • 24" widescreen and 17" Dell Ultrasharps
  • Various HDD from 200–320GB
  • 12" Wacom
Do want to upgrade the home machine and look at doing more work on my own but need to get the work life into more order first—we've just gone through another quite big restructure of our carto dept. Also have never bothered with printers at home but am starting to look at an Epson R1800 or R2400 as I get more and more back into photography.

And a whole old baked beans tin (cleaned and empty of BB) of HB's...unchewed mostly.
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