Re: getting experience with expensive tools

Subject: Re: getting experience with expensive tools
From: Jay Maechtlen <techwriter -at- covad -dot- net>
To: Tom Johnson <tomjohnson1492 -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 09 Mar 2009 16:35:19 -0700



Tom Johnson wrote:
> Would it be feasible to buy a relatively inexpensive desktop computer for
> $400 that you just reformat every time your trial version expires (and then
> reinstall)? That would work as long as you kept the executable files for the
> trial versions on a separate USB drive or something. One problem is that
> some trial versions are limited. For example, Flare scrambles the text. Wish
> it didn't do that.
>
> Tom
>
>
You could keep a spare computer (use A-B switch if you don't have room
for a second work station)
Configure the system sans any time-limited stuff (well, aside from Windoze )
Make an image from that to another drive then install your trial stuff.
When done with the trial, wipe the drive and image from the backup.
Saves you from actually doing the install of Windows, service packs, etc.

FWIW: I picked up a used machine at the local electronics swap meet for
$100.
It's a 3.2 GHz Dell with XP Pro. Dual core. Retired from some business
establishment that really should have cleaned the hard drive much
better. Anyway, it only had 512MB ram, but I had an extra stick around,
so it has 1 GB now. Only a 40GB drive, but lots of room for a second drive.
Runs two instances of World Community Grid faster than my XP2500 runs
one instance!

Cheers
Jay

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References:
getting experience with expensive tools: From: Becky Edmondson
RE: getting experience with expensive tools: From: Dan
Re: getting experience with expensive tools: From: Tom Johnson

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