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Date:January 12th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately the store was in MI. But you can probably find one similar in the Bay Area. I've seen small local stores all over the place. The guy in Ann Arbor was really reliable and took good care of my mom's computer, so I had a known recomendation.

Yeah, I've been too lazy to dual boot my computer (and I just found out my research work is taking up over 40gigs of space, so I can't put another partition on my current drive for a second OS yet anyway). If you're not using Windows, then you should be fine. The more memory the better of course. That's usually my bottleneck, more so than the processing speed. And the newer versions of Matlab are a lot nicer about memory sharing than the older version.

I got to abuse a quad core opteron(?) over the summer and fall. I don't know the amount of memory it had. But I went from 7-10 seconds/trace in Matlab on a slow Windows computer to ~.02 seconds/trace in C++ on the opteron. The multiple core stuff was good too; 3-4 hours for a day's data single threaded, to 1+ hours for a day's data with 4 threads.
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