Re: Fw: Meet the $499 Mac.

From: Ron Crane <voting_at_lastland_dot_net>
Date: Fri Aug 26 2005 - 21:49:50 CDT
Nathan L. Adams wrote:
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Cameron L. Spitzer wrote:
  
That's the main thing that's kept VME and Compact PCI
industrial computers alive.  Markets that *really* need identical
replacement parts three years later cannot take advantage of
lower cost PC-compatible motherboards, video cards et al.
They'd have to do a lifetime buy of every assembly, the first
production run, because there is no guarantee Intel or VIA
or Netgear or Asustek or Taiwan Garage White Box Inc will ship you
the same assembly two months later, even if you order the
same part number.
    

I deal with VME and Compact PCI systems daily, and they too change as
you describe. I/O boards with the same part number have newer
components, etc. As long as our software drivers and hardware connect
don't have to change; we (the company I work for) don't care.
  
Yes. And even when they don't change the hardware, vendors often change the firmware -- and often without notice.

"COTS" has become a catch-all answer for hardware security questions. But it isn't an answer at all.

-R

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