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    Quote Originally Posted by Chunky View Post
    Finally, for Security information, check out Home of Gibson Research Corporation

    (click on the "Security now" link at the top of the screen - Steve Gibson is a security guru with a show on the TWiT podcasting network - unmissable stuff!
    Wait, when did Steve "Ooh, congratulations, your computer is "stealthed" Gibson become a credible source on anything?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chunky View Post
    Going back to the spec point - 1 gig of ram is very respectable for a PC that's usually running very little more than MS Office, SIMS / MIS, your finance progs and IE - especially if it's XP. Heck, XP can't even see the whole of the 4 gig if you stick 4 gig in it anyway. you can stick 2 gig in, but I'd say it wasn't an outdated spec. 4 gig is overkill...
    Have you seen how much RAM SIMS.net can chew through when Assessment Manager is open? I've seen 500Meg+ instances of pulsar.exe quite regularly. Combine that with the usual dozen instances of Word, Excel and Outlook open and 1GB becomes far too little. Our last batch of admin machines were 1GB and they struggled. Now, the admin team are on thin clients, so all is well.

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    I've had no problems with the same sort of situation - with sybase open on the side too... each to their own I guess. (and RAM isn't the only thing that impacts PC speed, so bear in mind a nice fast hard disk and CPU, etc, etc.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete View Post
    Wait, when did Steve "Ooh, congratulations, your computer is "stealthed" Gibson become a credible source on anything?
    Would you like to offer your findings where you've disproved his credability?

    Steve Gibson is a long standing, old school IT expert. Anyone who's had the benefit of using Spinrite and getting irreplacable data back would tell you so. If you've listened to all his podcasts on security, and see something he's said was wrong, I'm sure he'll apreciate you pointing it out.
    (Given he is one of 11 of the TWiT podcasting networks' shows to be put up for awards, it kind of says something about him and his work... - or maybe you only know him for "shields up"?)

    Btw, you did realise he's the person who coined the term "spyware"...

    Chunks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chunky View Post
    Going back to the spec point - 1 gig of ram is very respectable for a PC that's usually running very little more than MS Office, SIMS / MIS, your finance progs and IE - especially if it's XP. Heck, XP can't even see the whole of the 4 gig if you stick 4 gig in it anyway. you can stick 2 gig in, but I'd say it wasn't an outdated spec. 4 gig is overkill...

    If their running typical school office software, 1 gig is fine.

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    Running with 1GB may be ok now, but for how long? You've got to include updates and that includes your AV too. But in answer to the OP's question, if your not looking after the admin network, you could just inform the admin dept that the computers they are supplied with are lower than the min curriculum computers. Then it is up to them if they want to approach county regarding the quality of equipment they are being provided with.

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