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> 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
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.
email: johnf -at- ecn -dot- ab -dot- ca
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