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Re: My lunch with Microsoft


A custom system is a custom system, no doubt about it. But I
have been impressed what you can get by acquiring a well-made
professional system with all components carefully engineered
and produced by the manufacturer. By purchasing e.g. HP Z series
products you get the kind of integration and support that really
beats most of the solutions you could imagine assembling from
parts. Motherboards are specially designed for these machines,
and parts and driver support is relatively long-term and
well-documented. And relatively new used units with modern specs
(and many times with huge amounts of memory) can be had at a
fraction of cost of new similar ones (which have a sizable markup).
These machines have stood the test of time, and they continue to
perform even after the first-time buyer has switched to something

Best regards,

Kari Eveli
LEXITEC Book Publishing (Finland)

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Anyway, this principle extends to most of the other components, 
at least for me.. If a project is worth doing at all it is worth
doing YOUR way -- especially if you are willing to cover the cost. Jordan