Subject: Re: A few questions, Alan Turing and LISP?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1999/02/07
Message-ID: <>

* "Gary H. Merrill" <>
| It is really difficult (I would say "impossible") to beat the Alpha in
| terms of its price/performance ratio.  The system I have (again, 330 MHz
| processor, 1G memory, 18G hard drives, DEC Alpha UNIX) cost only about
| $20K.  Last time I checked, a comparable system from Sun would have cost
| twice as much.

  well, try this: dual 400 MHz Pentium II, 512M RAM, 3 x 9G SCSI disks, 16G
  IDE disk, CD-RW burner, ethernet, no display, no sound.  Debian Linux
  2.1.125.  intended as a small enterprise server.  bought in October last
  year at about USD 7,500, in Norway, with its world-famous 23% sales tax
  included.  as an added bonus, an Allegro CL license for Linux is the same
  price as the Windows/NT license.

  I reviewed Alpha and SPARC at the time, but I tend to distrust Compaq,
  and the price/performance ratio was not at all competitive with Intel,

  Y2K conversion simplified: Januark, Februark, March, April, Mak, June,
  Julk, August, September, October, November, December.