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Mon Oct 14 16:57:35 CEST 2002
You could go to the Apple sci-tech mailing list and ask this question
of people who often do intensive computations on Apple hardware. They
might be able to give a realistic sense of how plausible this concern
At 7:18 AM -0700 10/13/02, Dr. Chris Wills wrote:
>Dear R Gang:
> I have a Macintosh G4 powerbook, running OS 9.2. Last week I
>ran a statistical analysis program that I wrote in R for two days
>continuously. The program does repeated intensive computations on a
>large data set.
> The program completed its task successfully, but during the
>process I noted that the computer seemed to be running unusually
>hot. Shortly after the program stopped, something unrepairable
>happened to the computer. I don't know the cause of the problem
>yet, and won't find out until Monday or Tuesday, but it seems to
>involve the hard drive - Norton Disk Doctor cannot fix it, nor can I
>restore the original software to the hard drive.
> The computer breakdown may of course be unrelated to my use
>of R, but I am concerned that running the computer so intensively
>may have caused the problem. Has anyboody run into a similar
>problem using R on a G4 machine? I have also been running R on a G3
>I-Book, using the same operating system, though not the same
>program, and I have had no problems.
> Chris Wills
>Professor of Biology
>Division of Biological Sciences
>University of California, San Diego
>La Jolla CA 92093
>e-mail cwills at ucsd.edu
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