Business Winstone and Content

By Joel Durham Jr.  |  Posted 2002-01-29 Print this article Print

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These benchmarks use real-world applications to determine how well a given system can handle business applications and content creation functions. They each put the thumbscrews to the CPU and memory subsystems, and give a good idea of how a system stacks up in productivity situations.

Performance variations with general benchmarks like these tend to be slim, since were using the same processor, memory and other components. In fact, the variance among our contenders in Business Winstone 2001 is a mere 3%. However, in Content Creation Winstone 2001 we see the ALi MAGiC1-based Soyo board coming in significantly lower than its VIA KT266A contenders. This, dear readers, is the beginning of a trend.

Joel Durham Jr. has loved computers, technology, and gaming since he was a kid, first enjoying the wonders of the Atari 2600 and later indulging in the fabulous graphics of the Commodore 64. His lust for all things technical drove him to eventually seek employment: he landed a job at Computer Concepts, a Rochester-based PC consulting and repair firm, where the company president took Joel on as his apprentice. Within a year, Joel was running the service shop, installing networks for clients, and building systems with glee.

A writer at heart, Joel longed for the glory of seeing his words in print, so in 1997 he left his shop to take a job as PC Gamer's first Technical Editor. After leaving that post to flee the ridiculous cost of living in northern California, Joel worked mostly as a freelance tech writer, taking a year-long break from the mercenary life to telecommute to CNET as the Senior Technical Editor of the now-sadly-defunct Gamecenter. Residing in Upstate New York with his family, Joel repeatedly flung himself at ExtremeTech (which often used his freelance services over the years) until he convinced them to hire him.


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