A historian cannot view the past directly, so he must rely on second-hand sources and archaeological remains. A student of software has a significant advantage over the historian: It is in theory possible to read and study the original source code, unchanged since it was written. However, this can be extremely time-intensive, often taking much more time than was used to write the code in the first place. From an economic point of view, it is usually better to carefully choose a trusted source and run its code in the way it recommends. Often, then, the student of software finds himself in practice to be in exactly the same position as the historian: He must weigh the sources against each other and endlessly re-evaluate their credibility and usefulness as he works, producing results and opinions that in the future may be studied by others in the same way.
~ StJohn Piano
Author: StJohn Piano
Published: 2017-10-29
Datafeed Article 17
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I bought a new computer. I have named it Kalkin [0].

Product: HP Z210 Convertible Mini Tower (Configure-To-Order)
Brand: HP

Supplier: www.bargainhardware.co.uk

Product page: [link]

Product Description:

The HP Z210 Convertible mini Tower ($2,173 direct) is fast single-processor workstation PC. It looks like a standard HP business desktop, but the similarities are only on the surface. Instead of a regular Intel Core i5 or AMD Athlon II processor, the Z210 comes with an ISV-certified Intel Xeon quad-core processor and lots of other powerful components.


- Processor (CPU): Intel Xeon E3-1230 Quad Core 3.20GHz - 8MB Smart Cache - 3.60GHz Turbo Boost

- Memory (RAM): 4 x DIMM Slots - PC3-10600 UnBuffered ECC DIMMs (DDR3-1333-1600Mhz)

- Hard Disk Controller: Integrated 10-channel SATA 3.0Gb/sec controller with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and NCQ.

- Hard Disk Drive: Up to 2 x 3.5" SATA (LFF)

- Graphics:
-- 1 PCI Express Gen2 slot x16 mechanical / x16 electrical (full-height, full-length)
-- 1 PCI Express Gen2 slot x16 mechanical / x4 electrical (full-height, full-length)
-- 1 PCI Express Gen2 slot x8 mechanical / x4 electrical (full-height, half-length)
-- 2 PCI Express Gen2 slots x1 mechanical / x1 electrical (full height)
-- 2 PCI slots (full-height, full-length)

- Audio: High Definition Integrated Realtek ALC262 Audio

- Optical Drive: 3 external 5.25-inch bays for DVDRW, DVD, DVD/CDRW or CD drive

- Network Ports: Integrated Intel 82579LM PCIe GbE Controller

- Power: 400 watts 90% Efficient Active Power Factor Correction

- Operating System License: Configurable

- Expansion Slots:
-- 6 Full-Length slots:
--- 2 x PCI Express Gen3 slots x16 (one dedicated for graphics)
--- 1 x PCI Express Gen3 slot x8 mechanical/x4 electrical
--- 1 x PCI Express Gen2 slot x8 mechanical/x4 electrical
--- 1 x PCI slots (full-height, full-length)

- Interface Ports:
-- Front:
--- Headphone
--- Microphone
--- 3 x USB 2.0
--- 1 x IEEE 1394a Standard
-- Rear:
--- DVI-I Connector (Requires i-series processor)
--- DisplayPort Connector (Requires i-series processor)
--- 6 x USB 2.0 Ports
--- 2 x PS/2 Ports
--- RJ45 Gigabit LAN Port
--- 1 Audio Line-in
--- 1 Audio Line-out
--- 1 Microphone

Physical Information:

- Dimensions (HxWxD): 178 x 447 x 455 mm (7 x 17.6 x 17.9 in)

- Weight: Minimum configuration: 10.4KG Maximum configuration: 14.8KG

Configuration and Price Calculation:

- Processor: Intel Xeon Quad Core E3-1230 3.20GHz - 8MB Cache - 3.60GHz Turbo Boost +£110.00

- Memory: 16GB - (4 x 4GB 10600E) ECC Unbuffered RAM +£76.80

- Hard Drive #1: 2000GB - SATA - 7200RPM +£65.00

- Hard Drive #2: No Hard Drive Installed (Caddy Inc) +£0.00

- Graphics Card: nVidia Quadro 2000 - 1GB GDDR5 - 1 x Dual DVI & 2 x DisplayPort +£44.99

- Optical Drive: 5.25" DVD-RW +£9.00

- Operating System: No Operating System Installed +£0.00

- WiFi Adapter: No USB WiFI Adapter +£0.00

Weight: 13.0 KGS
Shipping: Calculated at checkout
Price: £400.78 (inc Tax) £333.98 (exc Tax)

A UK power cable was included with the computer.


1: Front

2: Side

3: Side open. Photo taken using lighting and flash.

4: Back

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Kalkin is one of the many names of Sam in the book Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny.

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