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Applications that use lots of processing power (off the top of my head): DVD and higher resolution video, manipulating images (bitmap as well as vector), 3D graphics generation (CGI, games, whatever), speech recognition, scientific modelling.... Increasingly, cryptography will too, and any system without decent crypto will be locked out of internet businesses. And as JGZ says, you attract programmers because the system is fun (how else are they going to get to play with significantly parallel systems at home? :)) And they attract other people, because they're producing interesting software....

My 10-year-old RPC is still adequate for email and occasional hacking, although only when my arms are up to typing - hence my obsession with speech recognition; I have a Win2k box at the moment because I have to have speech recognition.

 is a RISC OS Userchrisj on 15/6/05 9:49PM
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