RE: buy more memory

Subject: RE: buy more memory
From: "John Fleming" <johnf -at- ecn -dot- ab -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2001 14:31:39 -0600

> Subject: buy more memory
> From: Becca Price <becca_price -at- yahoo -dot- com>
> Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2001 09:30:25 -0700 (PDT)
> X-Message-Number: 2

> What would your reaction be if you found the following text in
> an installation guide?

> "Disk Space Considerations:
> The disk requirements specified for each scenario are the
> average needs of each component mentioned. However, with the
> cost of disk space being so low, it makes sense to get more
> disk space than is actually required for the MPC applications.
> This will make the machine more flexible for future needs."

> The audience for this document is sys admins.


Giving me average disk space requirements is kind of incomplete.
Like, what if my configuration isn't average? Will I be able to load
the MPC applications on my computer if I use a non-standard
configuration that requires more memory than average.

Personally, I'd rather see a statement that gives a range for memory
required, with a rider saying that memory required will depend on
features installed.

As to the rest of the snippet, I wonder how much the hardware vendor
is paying the software company for the promotional plug.

Memory may be a lot cheaper than it used to be, but more memory may
just not be in the budget--especially if the sys admin needs to get
the memory for, say, 200+ machines.


John Fleming
Technical Writer
Edmonton, Alberta
email: johnf -at- ecn -dot- ab -dot- ca


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