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Mine worked plenty fine for web browsing. 16 MB RAM was a major limiting
factor but when I upgraded to 48 MB, it was as fast as any other machine on
Quote:> Java (basic text mode programs, how long it takes to compile)
No idea. My text-based Java programs have never taken significant time to
compile on any machine.
Under NT4, with 16 MB of RAM and the 166 MHz version of the Multia, I was
able to play MP3s using the Microsoft Media Player. WinAmp required too much
processor power. Being stuck as I am in the install on Linux, I can't give a
solid comparison yet but it should be more than capable.
Quote:> Other machine I'm looking for is XL300 (96MB, 4.3GB), but Multia
> is of course much cheaper :)
The Multia is really the most basic system I'd consider these days. If you
can at all spare the money for the XL300, you'll be happier later on.
Quote:> Multia seems to run pretty hot, does it have any kind of power saving features
> and for how long it can be turned on?
The Alpha runs hot. When it is its little bookend stand, the processor is
right by the top with a fan pulling air over it. This adds to the perception
that it runs hot (it blows very hot air out the top) but mine has run for
months at a time without any negative effects and the temperature in my room
ranges from 75-85F.
I was concerned about how much it was heating me (it caused my room to be
warm at night; it does generate a lot of heat) so it now lives in the
kitchen. The computer never caught on fire or had any kind of failure so I'm
fairly certain that I was the only thing bothered by the heat.
Quote:> It would be a pretty good firewall.
Mine will be the new database server when I get RedHat installed. The
firewall is a 486, so I think the Multia could definitely handle that and