> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alain M. [mailto:ala...@pobox.com]
> Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2009 12:32 PM
> To: freedos-user@lists.sourceforge.net
> Subject: Re: [Freedos-user] dd for DOS?
> David C. Kerber escreveu:
> >
> > Of course, that was in the days when CPU speeds were 200MHz
> - 300MHz.  I imagine it has sped up just like DRAM has in
> recent years.  SRAM is still used in the L1 cache on many cpu
> chips, but is pretty much gone from from the motherboard.
> :)
> > I guess my EE degree has some use after all!!!  :-D
> That is not enough, I have one too, but I don't do fast
> digital circuits for many years. That explanation didn't
> occur to me, nor did I see anything even similar to that anywhere.

I picked up that explanation from an article with a more general discussion of 
parallel vs serial communications in my IEEE magazine a few years ago.

> People tend to use invalid arguments to support good
> conclusions, making things just confusing. And that is every
> time more common :(

No doubt!  Part of that, though, is because the final design of something 
(including pretty much anything that pushes the state of the art) is often a 
series of trade-offs between multiple competing factors, such as cost, speed, 
reliability, size, future expandability, and of course politics ("not invented 
here", etc).  So often there is no single reason they can point to and say "we 
did it this way because of x"; it's more like "we did it that way because it 
seemed like the best compromise between x, y, z, and a little bit of q".  I 
know I have to do a fair bit of my programming that way.


> Alain

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