Is Yahoo! moving from FreeBSD?
tedm at toybox.placo.com
Tue Mar 1 08:39:08 GMT 2005
owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org wrote:
> Ted Mittelstaedt writes:
>> One word: ebay
> I don't trust used equipment. You never know where it's been.
Do you always buy new cars? New homes?
The only difference between buying used equipment and new equipment is
that the risk/reward is different. With used gear you have a higher risk
but you get a higher reward.
There's situations where one is appropriate and the other is appropriate.
Most people for example would not purchase a used infant car seat.
Whereas most people will purchase a used house.
Used gear fills an important market niche. If you were tasked with going
out and buying Windows server hardware and you had a maximum of $200 to
spend, you would be pretty stupid to go down to Fry's and get one of
$199 on-sale computers when you could go spend the $200 on a used HP
server that cost $9000 when it was new and has a full set of SCSI disks
in it and probably a tapedrive. Sure the HP server is slow - but in that
environment the reliability is more important than the speed.
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